Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc)
The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) is a thesis-based degree. Areas of study can include topics broadly related to the natural, health and physical sciences.
What makes the program unique?
Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. The MSc program operates using a mentor model. The benefits of a mentor model are numerous including clarification of research and other funding support at time of application and focused supervision from the time of registration. The School offers competitive financial packages to highly qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and entrance scholarships. Individual faculty members can "top up" a financial package from external grant sources to assist with recruitment of exceptional students.
Admission Information & Requirements
In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.
Letters of Reference
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Depending on program, applicants either reach out to faculty members directly or the program supports this process in different ways.
This program has not specified whether applicants should reach out to faculty members. Please review the program website for additional details.
Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
Prior degree requirements
Four (4) Year Bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural
Confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application process. If you do not receive a response please contact the graduate programs assistant at email@example.com. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT CONFIRMING A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR AS YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT THIS CONFIRMATION. APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.
In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$944.51 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Beauchamp, Mark (Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children)
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien (Sensorimotor physiology, Standing balance, Balance robot, Sensory virtualisation, Computational approaches, Head and neck, Whiplash injuries)
Boushel, Robert (Kinesiology)
Bredin, Shannon (human motor learning, expertise and development, physical education, teacher preparation and effectiveness, Human motor behaviour (motor learning, development, and expertise), life span physical activity and health, physical and health literacy, health knowledge, health-related physical fitness, interactive gaming, telehealth, psychomotor markers of performance)
Bundon, Andrea (disability, sport, Paralympics, sociology, critical disability studies, social media)
Carpenter, Mark (neural control of movement, fear of falling, Neural control of movement, postural control, fears of falling, balance disorders, Parkinson's disease)
Chua, Romeo (Human perceptual-motor control, vision and action, perceptual-motor compatibility, coordination)
Crocker, Peter (self-esteem and spirit/exercise; body image; stress and coping in sport and exercise; health related behaviour (dieting, smoking, physical activity) related to the construction of the physical self in adolescent girls, Sport & exercise psychology - stress, coping and emotion, physical self, perfectionism)
Faulkner, Guy (physical activity and public health, mental health, physical activity interventions, exercise psychology, behavioral medicine)
Hodges, Nicola (action anticipation and observation, coaching, skill acquisition, motor learning)
Hurd, Laura (aging, health, gender, body image, embodiment or embodied experience, disability, chronic illness or chronic conditions, assistive technology, sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults, media representation, ageism, heterosexism, ableism, sociology of aging, social gerontology)
Inglis, J Timothy (Exercise science, neurophysiology, biomechanics, stance and balance control, human microneurography, physical therapy and rehabilitation, vestibular system)
Koehle, Michael (Exercise physiology, environmental physiology, sport and exercise medicine, Air Pollution, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Environmental Physiology, Altitude)
Kramer, John (Neuromechanical, Systems Biology, Exercise & Health)
Lam, Tania (gait rehabilitation, exercise, neurorecovery)
Miran-Khan, Karim (Exercise is Medicine , Health promotion via Exercise, Type 2 DM prevention )
Puterman, Eli (Health psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress)
Sheel, William (exercise science, Exercise science, exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, athletic performance, cardiovascular)
Vertinsky, Patricia (social and cultural history of the body, gender relations, health, sport and exercise, social history of women and health, social/cultural aspects of sport and physical activity, health education, promotion and policy, Social and cultural history of sport and physical activity, gender, race, aging and disability, modern olympics)
Warburton, Darren (cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise rehabilitation, interactive video games, , Sport cardiology and clinical exercise rehabilitation, elite athletic performance, childhood health, treatments for patients with chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation)
West, Christopher (Disability, High performance sport, Physiology, Quantitative methodologies, Spinal cord injury, Systems biology)
Wilson, Brian (Cultural studies and sociology with focus on media, consumer culture, youth, social inequality, social movements, the environment, qualitative methods, and sport and leisure studies)