Graduate (MA, MSc, MKin, PhD)

We offer graduate students original investigations (MA, MSc, PhD) and advanced study (MKin) in biological, behavioural, and socio-cultural research in Kinesiology. We are proud to be part of a leading global university that is committed to providing an exceptional learning environment and to fostering global citizenship, a civil and sustainable society, and outstanding research.

 

How to Apply

The School of Kinesiology offers graduate students original research investigations (MA, MSc, PhD) and advanced study (MKin) in biological, behavioural, socio-cultural and coaching science. Students entering the MA program are normally expected to have a background in social sciences, while students applying to the MSc program are expected to have a background in the natural or health sciences. Potential MKin students are required to have a BKin or its equivalent.

Are you interested in coaching science? If so, the preferred degree path is the non-thesis MKin degree. Some recent samples of major paper titles are: “Exercise Considerations for the Prenatal Client,” “Goal Setting for Collegiate Golf,” and “Injury Prevention in Amateur Ice Hockey.” The faculty member most closely associated with this degree is Dr. Maria Gallo. Information on the program structure is available in the Masters Programs tab below.
The School has excellent research facilities and graduate students work alongside some of the top researchers in the field of Kinesiology. This program follows a mentorship model and admission requires a faculty member to agree to act as a research supervisor. Applicants meeting the minimum eligibility requirements are forwarded to potential supervisors identified by the applicant, provided that they have already confirmed the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure. The recommendation for admission is made by individual faculty members and no student is admitted to the program without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission.

For questions regarding the Kinesiology graduate programs please contact the KIN Graduate Program Assistant:
Phone: 604 822 4641
Fax: 604 822 6842
Email: kin.gradsec@ubc.ca

Masters Program

Kinesiology offers 4 different Masters Degree options:

Master of Arts in Kinesiology

The Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) is a thesis-based degree which provides advanced education and research training in the social, behavioural, and/or managerial sciences. In particular, students pursue studies in areas such as exercise and sport psychology, the sociology of health, physical activity, and/or sport, and sport history. The MA program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The MA program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Our former students have gone on to pursue training in doctoral and post-doctoral degrees as well as to pursue careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

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. 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 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.

Master of Kinesiology

The Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is a non-thesis, course-based degree with potential areas of study, including Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural Science and Coaching Science.  No research is involved: This is the main difference between the MKin and MA/MSc programs. The most popular stream is Coaching Science and the program contains approximately 18-20 graduate students each year. The average time to completion is 1 year (30-credit program). For more than 20 years, the Coaching Science program has supported the coaching careers of many different sport coaches by enhancing their theoretical development and practical growth. The internship program allows the students to exploit their coaching philosophy and challenge their skills.

The Coaching Science stream in the MKIN program prepares students for employment in coaching at various levels (high school, club, varsity, strength and conditioning) or in some specific cases to pursue further studies in a PhD program. Recent graduates have taken positions as head or assistant coaches in varsity programs, community programs, and the private sector as strength and conditioning coaches. Graduates from this program have also become Program Managers/Directors of Athletics and Recreation in their respective institutions.

No student is admitted to the MKin program without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. A supervisor is required for the course-based MKIN program as he/she will provide guidance on course requirements and registration. For example, the MKIN supervisor will guide and evaluate the following courses: KIN 530 (Directed Studies), KIN 598 (Directed Field Studies), KIN 595 (Major Paper Presentation). Please see "Graduate Courses" below for more info.

Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (MHPCTL)

** Students interested in the MHPCTL must apply to the HPCTL Graduate Certificate and successfully complete this program before being recommended for admission to the MHPCTL program. For more info and how to apply to the HPCTL Graduate Certificate, please see: Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (HPC & TL)

Description of the Program

The Master of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a two to three year, 30 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical leaders who are looking to advance in their careers and engage in professional development.  Through a partnership with the leading national agencies in high performance sport (Own The Podium (OTP), Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) and National Sport Organizations) an exemplary program will be offered using a blended delivery model.

Aims/goals and objectives:

1. To develop coaches with the competence to contribute to medal performances in international competition at the developmental level.
2. To develop technical leaders with the competence to collaborate in strategic and operational leadership of a high performance sport program.

Delivery methods and duration of program

The program will include two one-week face-to-face residential periods: one at the start of year 1 and one at the start of year 2. All courses will primarily be delivered asynchronously online with added synchronous online classes scheduled throughout the fall and winter terms.

Target Learners

The target learners are coaches working with athletes on the “Podium Pathway”, that is, those affiliated with provincial and national sport organizations, Provincial/Canada Games, Sport Institutes, elite clubs, and Canadian Interuniversity Sport programs. These coaches are working in full- or part-time coaching positions and are likely to focus on self-directed Professional Development that includes:

  • A highly flexible approach to delivery to fit with occupational demands.
  • Opportunities to transition to a future technical leadership role.
  • Ability to expand on current practice by having access to world leading research and innovation in high performance sport.

Also targeted for the program are technical sport leaders such as high performance directors, current technical leaders, managers, executive directors and coordinators at the national and provincial levels and high performance coaches not currently working with high performance athletes. Other candidates for the program include retiring high performance athletes. The program provides them the opportunity to move into high performance coaching after being a successful athlete.

Financial Assistance

Please see  "Awards and Funding" tab for more info.

Overview of the Master's Programs

Degree Master of Arts Master of Science Master of Kinesiology Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (MHPCTL)
Orientation Thesis Degree Research Orientation Course-based, Non-Thesis Degree
(NO RESEARCH IS INVOLVED)
Course-based, Non-Thesis Degree,
(ONLINE PROGRAM with residential components)
Areas of Study Socio-Managerial
Behavioural
Natural/Physical Science
Behavioural
Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural,  Coaching Science  Coaching Science
Admission Requirements (Applicable to all master degree programs)
  • Four (4) Year Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study.
  • Minimum of 76% overall in upper division courses (excluding activity courses in Kinesiology or Physical Education).
  • 12 upper division course credits with a minimum grade of 80% (A-) in each course credit.
  • For International Students, the admission criteria will vary for different countries. Therefore, select the country your academic credentials were acquired from on the international MAR page to see the admission criteria.
  • All students must have an individual faculty member who agrees during the application process to serve as the student’s supervisor. Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests in the "Potential Supervisors" tab. Complete the student-faculty contact form  and email the form directly to the potential supervisor. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability in a research partnership. **No student will be admitted to any graduate programs (MKin, MA, MSc, PhD) without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. Therefore, please confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure.
  • For the MHPCTL program only -Students interested in the MHPCTL must apply to the HPCTL Graduate Certificate and successfully complete this program before being recommended for admission to the MHPCTL program. For more info and how to apply see: HPCTL Graduate Certificate.
Admission Requirements (Applicable to MHPCTL degree program only) In addition to the above, candidates for the MHPCTL will normally have:

  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization

Special admission into graduate studies will be considered for candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their coaching careers, but may lack formal academic (undergraduate) training or credential. These candidates will need to demonstrate the drive to excel and the intellectual capability required to succeed, where ability to progress in the program will be assessed within the Graduate Certificate for High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership.

Degree Master of Arts and Master of Science  Master of Kinesiology Master of High Performance Coaching Technical Leadership
Thesis or Major Paper KIN 599 – Thesis (12 Credits) KIN 595 – Graduating Paper (3 Credits) KIN 596 (6 Credits)
General Course Work (500/600 Level) A minimum of an additional 12 course credits related to the student’s program of study determined in consultation with his/her Graduate Faculty Supervisor A minimum of an additional 18 course credits related to the student’s program of study determined in consultation with his/her Graduate Faculty Supervisor KIN 515, KIN 585, KIN 586, KIN 598, KIN 516, KIN 517, KIN 530 (3 credits each)
Non-Kinesiology Course Work A maximum of 6 course credits related to the student’s program of study may be taken at the 300/400 undergraduate level for application to MA, MSc, and MKin degrees Only coursework listed in the program will be counted towards the MHPCTL
Required KIN Course Work KIN 570 or KIN 571 - Research Methods (3 credits) or approved alternative KIN 572 - Research Methods in Sports Coaching (3 credits)
TOTAL CREDITS 30

The required course work for MA/MSc takes about two to three terms to complete with a minimum additional year (three terms) to complete the research thesis.  The required course work for MKin takes about three terms (1 year) of study to complete. Students are expected to complete all requirements for the Master's degree within three academic years of full-time study.

The required course work for MA/MSc takes about two to three terms to complete with a minimum additional year (three terms) to complete the research thesis. The required course work for MKin takes about three terms (1 year) of study to complete. Students are expected to complete all requirements for the Master's degree within three academic years of full-time study.

MA: Based on 10 graduations between 2009 - 2012 the minimum time to completion is 2.00 years and the maximum time is 5.33 years with an average of 3.00 years of study.

MSc: Based on 21 graduations between 2009 - 2012 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.83 years with an average of 2.83 years of study.

MKin: Based on 5 graduations between 2010 - 2013 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 1.00 years with an average of 0.99 years of study.

MHPCTL: Program to start in January 2017.

The UBC Calendar provides information regarding current tuition fees for the School’s master’s degree programs. Masters students are assessed fees as full-time students and charged on a term basis plus student fees.

All graduate programs (Master and PhD) are assessed tuition fees per term, and not by the number of course(s).

Students pursuing part-time study are ineligible to receive government loans, interest-free status and University Fellowships or Scholarships. Students holding UBC scholarships will have their tuition fees deducted directly from scholarship payments. The first installment of tuition fees for new students must be paid by the beginning of the first month of the term for which the student is registering. Additional tuition fee information is available at the above Website.

For a list of graduate courses that may be offered by the School see the course description page.

For current graduate course offerings, please see course scheduling.

QUESTIONS? Please consult Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

How to Apply

Doctoral Program

The PhD degree in Kinesiology is a research oriented thesis-based degree. The areas of research include the broad domain of physiological, biomechanical, behavioural and psychosocial factors influencing human movement and the analysis of social and cultural transformations in the role and functions of physical activity. Entry requirements : a thesis-based master’s degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study with a minimum of 76% (B+) overall from the Master’s degree. *For International Students, the admission criteria will vary for different countries. Therefore, select the country your academic credentials were acquired from on the international MAR page to see the admission criteria.

The PhD program is tailored to individual student's needs. The student’s supervisory committee may recommend course work, and the amount to be taken by the student in relation to the student’s background, and to the requirements which are appropriate to the PhD level in the chosen major field of study. All students must have an individual faculty member who agrees, during the application process, to serve as the student's advisor. No student is admitted to the program without an advisor being assigned at the time of admission.

What makes this program unique?

The PhD in Kinesiology program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. 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.

Career Options

The PhD program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former PhD students have pursued additional training including post-doctoral degrees as well as careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching. Many former Kinesiology graduates have become successful academics.

The program is governed by the general requirements for the PhD degree as laid out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ policies and procedures. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' provisions, the School of Kinesiology normally requires a thesis-based master's degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study, with a minimum of 76% (B+) overall for admission.

All students must have an individual faculty member who agrees during the application process to serve as the student’s supervisor. Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests under the "Potential Supervisors" tab. Complete the Faculty Contact Form and email the form directly to the potential supervisor. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability in a research partnership. No student will be admitted to the program without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. Confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure.

Applicants will be evaluated for acceptance using the following criteria:

  • Scholastic Performance (transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV

The applicant's Statement of Purpose is given close consideration by the Selection Committee and should include:

  • relevant background and preparation such as previous academic specialization, work and personal experience(s).
  • field of emphasis, specific study interests, and type of research being sought should be clearly outlined.
  • a list of graduate courses the applicant finds interesting and would like to complete.
  • a list of Graduate Faculty Supervisors whose research areas parallel the applicant's study interests.

Aptitude tests, including the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller's Analogy Test are not required, but may be submitted for consideration.

Students entering the program normally will be required to spend a minimum of two (2) sessions, [an uninterrupted duration of at least eight (8) months such as a winter session], in full-time attendance at UBC. Students are allocated six (6) years from their initial date of registration to complete the entire program. Students who do not complete their Admission to Candidacy Requirements within a period of three (3) years from their initial date of registration will be required to withdraw from the program. Based on 10 graduations between 2009 – 2012 the minimum time to completion is 3.66 years and the maximum time is 6.66 years with an average of 4.81 years of study.

The UBC Calendar provides information regarding current tuition fees for the School’s master’s degree programs. Doctoral students are assessed fees as full-time students and charged on a term basis plus student fees.

All graduate programs (Master and PhD) are assessed tuition fees per term, and not by the number of course(s).

Students pursuing part-time study are ineligible to receive government loans, interest-free status and University Fellowships or Scholarships. Students holding UBC scholarships will have their tuition fees deducted directly from scholarship payments. The first installment of tuition fees for new students must be paid by the beginning of the first month of the term for which the student is registering.

The Graduate Faculty Supervisor who accepts the applicant as a PhD student will generally act as Chair of the student's supervisory committee, and supervisor of the student’s thesis research. The supervisory committee must be formed as soon as the student commences the program and will consist of at least three (3) members, including the Chair. The Chair, and at least one (1) other member, must be belong to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. The majority of committee members must be from UBC. The Committee is responsible for guiding the student throughout the student's program.

Supervisory committees will be based upon individual students. For more information please contact Graduate Program Assistant.

The  PhD degree in Kinesiology is research oriented. The student's supervisory committee will recommend course work and/or thesis research topic. A program will be designed for each individual to suit their needs, and will be in relation to the student's background, and to the requirements which are appropriate to the PhD level in the chosen major field of study. No coursework is required in the Doctoral program, however, the supervisory committee may recommend course(s) to take.

Students in the program will complete a Comprehensive Examination following the completion of any required course work. The Comprehensive Examination will normally be a two-part examination, which the student's thesis committee will set and judge. The content of the exam will be relevant to the student's general area of study and will include questions covering theory, application, and methodology. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination is a prerequisite for the presentation and defence of the formal PhD thesis proposal.

Students normally will be Admitted to Candidacy when they have: (1) completed all required course work; (2) passed the Comprehensive Examination, and (3) had their thesis proposal presented and approved.

An Examining Committee approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies evaluates the PhD student's thesis and meets for a Final Oral Examination of the thesis presentation and defence. Detailed reference information is available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The area of research will embrace the broad domain of physiological, biomechanical, behavioural and psychosocial factors influencing human movement and the analysis of social and cultural transformations in the role and functions of physical activity.

Each student's program of study will be tailored to support the student's experience, background and area of thesis research. The PhD program in Kinesiology is a thesis-based program of study, and as such, is research-driven and not course-driven. Thus, the program for each student will be tailored to that student. For example, a student of biomechanics will have experience in mechanics, physics, mathematics and an understanding of the mechanical features of the human locomotor system. To augment the student's background it may be appropriate to have this student undertake course work within Kinesiology as well as from the broader spectrum of courses in other departments.

QUESTIONS? Please consult Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

How to Apply

Awards, Scholarships & Funding

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs. Students in the MKin program are NOT eligible for this award. There are no applications for this award. International students automatically receive this award every term when they are registered full-time in their program.

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about tuition waivers.

The School tries to provide all graduate students with partial or full Teaching Assistantships. Applications for Teaching Assistantship postions are required at time of application to the School of Kinesiology. Students are matched to TA positions (courses) based on research interests and past experience. The current rate for a Master's student is $5,789 per term and the current rate for a PhD student is $6016 per term (4 months).

The TA Application form must be submitted by May 30.

Students achieving a minimum 80% average in their final 2 years of full-time studies are eligible to apply for scholarship funding.

Education Endowed Awards

The UBC endowed scholarships are provided by the Office of Research in Education (ORE) in the Faculty of Education. These merit-based awards are awarded to our graduate students who are making the most outstanding contributions in their fields of study. Most Faculty of Education graduate students are eligible to apply on an annual basis. The adjudication for the awards is typically held in the early fall and awards are to be taken up in December of each year.

For more information, visit Office of Research in Education's funding opportunities page.

Faculty of Education PhD Awards

The PhD award is given to outstanding incoming doctoral students by the Faculty. Applicants are automatically entered for this competition when they applied by the deadline and do not need to submit a separate application. Current value is about $5,000 - $7,000 and may vary each year.

Please contact the Graduate Programs Assistant for more info.

Four-Year Fellowship Program (4YF) for PhD Students

The Four-Year Fellowship (4YF) program provides funding for the top 3 incoming PhD students in the School each year.

Award recipients receive scholarship funding for:

  • $18,200 stipend per year plus tuition for the first four years of their PhD studies

PhD admission applications to the School of Kinesiology are automatically entered into this competition, and there are no further applications required. For more information, visit UBC Graduate Studies page: Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF).

Affiliated Awards

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, with applications open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000.

International Doctoral Fellowship

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Application deadline is January 5 for the School of Kinesiology.

Tri-agency funding (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) are available to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. These awards are available at the Masters and PhD levels. The School will only review CGSM applications for current Masters students or incoming Masters students who have applied by the admission deadline.

NSERC – National Science and Engineering Research Council Awards

PGS/CGS awards: Applications are submitted online and referees submit references through NSERC website. For the School's deadline, please contact the KIN Graduate Program Assistant.

For more info, see NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships.

SSHRC – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships

Please contact KIN Graduate Program Assistant for the School's deadline.

For more info, see SSHRC Graduate Scholarships.

CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • CIHR Master Awards: Please contact KIN Graduate Program Assistant for the School's deadline and for more info.
  • CIHR Doctoral Awards: No internal deadline for the School of Kinesiology as application is submitted directly to CIHR online.
  • University Affiliated Awards: Dependent on certain restrictions, domestic and international students may be eligible for University Affiliated Awards.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

For info on funding assistance for students in the Graduate Certificate and Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership, visit the Canadian Sport Institute Financial Assistance.

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Please contact KIN Program Assistant for the School's deadline.

For more info, visit: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Domestic and international applicants admitted to the Mkin, MA, MSc, and Ph.D. programs in the School of Kinesiology are eligible for awards funded through the University’s Graduate Support Initiative (GSI). Criteria for the awards are:

  • scholastic performance (transcripts)
  • reference letters
  • statement of purpose
  • publications record
  • eligibility for other scholarships

All incoming students who have met the application deadline are automatically considered for these awards, so a separate application is not required. In 2015 and 2016, students who were eligible for this award, were granted between $3,000 to $6,000 upon admission to the School. These amounts may differ from year to year.

Note: Incoming students are assessed according to the criteria outlined under the GSI award (above) in a general pool. If meritorious, a student is offered a funding package that could come from one source, or a combination of sources. The package offer from the School will be revised for students who receive tri-council funding (details are included in offers to successful applicants).

Travel funds are available for graduate students attending conferences/workshops. Students may claim their expenses using these grants. It is advisable to use the KIN Grad travel grant last as students are allowed to claim their expenses up to 12 months after they graduate.

Other Avenues to Explore for Financial Assistance

  • Student Service Centre – Financial Support
  • Provincial summer session grants are also available, offered through the provincial Ministry of Labour and administered through the University.
  • Country of origin funding agencies.

Additional information is available at the Graduate Student website.

Potential Supervisors



Professor
Associate Director Research


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John Kramer


Assistant Professor
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Rick Hansen Institute Scholar


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Professor
FoE Associate Dean for Research


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Guy Faulkner


Professor
Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health


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Eli Puterman


Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar


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John Kramer


Assistant Professor
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Rick Hansen Institute Scholar


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Eli Puterman


Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar


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Professor
Scholar, Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology


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Chris West


Assistant Professor
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Rick Hansen Institute Scholar


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  • What if I don’t have the minimum GPA, can I still be accepted?

It is possible to be accepted if you don’t have the minimum required GPA, if your potential supervisor is willing to accept you into the program. Therefore, your potential supervisor must agreed before your application is forwarded to the graduate committee for further approval. Please know the School can only recommend admission and it is the Faculty of Graduate Studies that makes the final decision on admission applications.

If you have Canadian or U.S. academic credentials, the minimum academic requirements for the Masters programs are:

  1. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of B+ or 76% in upper division (third and fourth year level courses) is required. It does not matter when you took your upper division courses.  For example,  if they were taken in your second year of the program, they would be included if they are third or fourth year level courses.  Calculate your GPA – use this GPA Calculator.
  2. Also, at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses in the A grade range (first class), comparative to UBC’s grading system of 80% or higher) is required. This is usually 3 or 4 courses.
    Note: First and second year courses will NOT be considered to determine your admission eligibility. Please use your university’s grading system and DO NOT convert your university’s grading system to UBC.

More information can be found at the pre-application link.

  • Can I be admitted if I don’t have the required IELTS/TOEFL scores?

No, international students must have the required IELTS/TOEFL scores in order to be admitted. No exceptions will be made.

  • Do I need to provide the IELTS/TOEFL test if the educational institutional where I completed my degree has English as the primary language of instruction?

International students who have completed their education from a university in which English is the primary language of instruction are not required to provide IELTS/TOEFL tests. However, they may be asked to provide proof that the primary language of instruction is in English.

  • Can I be conditionally admitted if I don’t have the required IELTS/TOEFL scores?

International students may be conditionally admitted if their confirmed supervisor agrees to this arrangement. Students would be required to take English courses at UBC English Language Institute. A student must achieve a 75% overall assessment at the 600 level of the UBC ELI English for Academic Purposes Program (or equivalent assessment level in another approved program) to meet the terms of the Conditional Admission Program.

  • Are any GRE tests required?

No, we do not require any GRE tests. More information on admission requirements can be found on the pre-application procedure.

  • What if I can’t find a potential supervisor?

You must find a faculty member willing to supervise you, otherwise, we will NOT admit you into any of our graduate programs. This includes the course-based MKin program. Do NOT submit an application without confirming a potential supervisor, as you will not be admitted without this confirmation. Application fees are non-refundable.

  • What if the supervisor I want to work with is not available?

You may ask another faculty member to supervise you from the potential supervisor site. Or you may submit your application the following year should he/she be available.

  • Is there a limit to the number of potential supervisors I may contact?

No, you may contact as many faculty members that you are interested in working with. However, at least one of them must be willing to supervise you before you proceed with the application form. NO STUDENT WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A SUPERVISOR. Application fees are non-refundable.

No, the student-faculty contact form is provided for students to start the communication process with the professor. It is advisable that you use the form to start the dialogue, but is not necessary. It DOES NOT need to be uploaded in the admission application.

  • Can I submit the admission application before I find a faculty member willing to supervise me in the program?

Please DO NOT submit your admission application before you find a faculty member willing to accept you into the program. If you do not have a confirmed supervisor, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be accepted. Application fees are non-refundable.

  • May I submit my admission application after the deadline?

Yes, you may submit your application after the admission deadline if you have a faculty member willing to supervise you. However, in order to be considered for entrance awards, you must submit your application by the admission deadline.

  • Can I apply for part-time in the Master’s program?

Although it is strongly recommended for all students to undertake full-time study, the Master’s program may also be undertaken on a part-time basis, if the proposed supervisor is in agreement with this arrangement.

  • Can I apply without a Kinesiology degree or background in kinesiology?

Applicants with an undergraduate degree other than Kinesiology will receive serious consideration, particularly if undergraduate program or other experiences provide a strong relationship to Kinesiology. These students may be asked to take additional Kinesiology and/or Kinesiology related courses as part of the graduate degree, in addition to required courses. Course of study is decided in consultation with the proposed supervisor and committee.

  • How do I know if my educational background is suitable for the graduate program?

Applicants may contact potential faculty supervisors to find out if their educational background is suitable for the graduate programs. Faculty members are in the best position to determine if your education/professional background is eligible for our programs, therefore, you are encouraged to contact them.

  • When will I know if I am accepted?

Students who apply by the January 5 admission deadline may find out if they are accepted by March or April.

  • Are there awards for Master’s students?

Yes, there are limited awards for Master’s students. See awards section for more info.

  • Would I become a certified kinesiologist or physiologist upon completion?

No, the School of Kinesiology does not certified kinesiologists or physiologists, nor are we affiliated with any certifying agencies. You will need to contact the agency responsible for these certifications and find out what courses/program you need in order to qualify.

  • I am interested in physical therapy and/or rehabilitation science.

Please contact UBC’s Physical Therapy department or UBC’s Rehabilitation Science department. The School is not affiliated with the Physical Therapy or Rehabilitation Science departments, nor do we provide training for physical therapists or rehabilitation.

  • Are there other streams in the Mkin program other than coaching science?

Most of the students in the Mkin program are in the coaching science stream and are supervised by Dr Maria Gallo. There are limited faculty members who are willing to accept students in the course-based Mkin program as research and a final thesis is usually required. However, you are welcome to contact individual faculty members and find out if they are willing to supervise you in their area of expertise in a course-based Mkin program.

  • Why do I need a supervisor for the Mkin program when it is only course-based?

A supervisor is required for the course-based Mkin program as he/she will provide guidance on course and program requirements. For example, the Mkin supervisor will guide and evaluate the following courses: KIN 530 (Directed Studies), KIN 598 (Directed Field Studies), KIN 595 (Major Paper Presentation). Please see graduate courses for more info.

 

See what some of our graduate school alumni are doing now!

Alex Rebchuk

Graduating year: 2013
Stream: Bachelor of Kinesiology


Nick Snow

Graduating year: 2015
Stream: MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences)


Christina Sequeira, MKIN, ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Christina Sequeira is a UBC alumna who graduated with a Master's (2014) and Bachelor's (2003) degree in Kinesiology.


Kristin Campbell, PT, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, Dr. Kristin Campbell is passionate about using her research to help cancer survivors. She is currently investigating the role of exercise in rehabilitation from cancer treatment and how to use exercise in health promotion for cancer survivors after they complete treatment.


Justin Davis

BSc Honors cell biology University of Western Ontario (2004) MSc Neuroscience UBC (2006) PhD Human Kinetics UBC (2010)


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