Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc)

Overview

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.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Kinesiology
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Education
School
School of Kinesiology

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

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:

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23
24
23
26
7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervision

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:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree requirements

Four (4) Year Bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Research Information

Research Focus

Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural

Application Notes

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 kin.gradsec@ubc.ca. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT CONFIRMING A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR AS YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT THIS CONFIRMATION. APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Funding Sources

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.

Career Options

The MSc program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former MSc students have pursued additional training including doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. Many former Kinesiology graduates have become successful academics. Other students have pursued careers in Medicine, Physical Therapy, industry, and governmental and non-governmental work.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
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)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications141523519
Offers10915215
New registrations6611212
Total enrolment2326282430

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 66.67% based on 9 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 27 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.83 years and the maximum time is 3.32 years with an average of 2.38 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

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 (Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Aging, Mental Health and Society, Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children)
  • Blouin, Jean-Sebastien (Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Robotics and Automation, Trauma / Injuries, Physiology, 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 (Social Contexts, 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 (Community Health / Public Health, physical activity and public health, mental health, physical activity interventions, Exercise Psychology, behavioral medicine)
  • Hodges, Nicola (Psychology - Biological Aspects, action anticipation and observation, coaching, skill acquisition, Motor learning)
  • Hurd, Laura (Social Aspects of Aging, Social Determinants of Health, Loss of Independence, Identity Building, Participatory research, Quality of Life and Aging, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Aging Process, Aging, health, Gender, body image, embodiment or embodied experience, disability, chronic illness or chronic conditions, Assistive technology, 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 (Physiology, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Environment and Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System, 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 (Rehabilitation, Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma, 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

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