How to Apply

Application to the School of Kinesiology’s graduate programs (MA, MSc, MKin, PhD) may be made at any time however, it is advisable to apply well in advance of the following deadlines:

North American Students
January 5 (program starts in September)
August 1  (program starts in January)

International Students
January 5 (program starts in September)
August 1 (program starts in January)

** Admission Deadlines for the Graduate Certificate in HPCTL and MHPCTL, please see

  1. Determine your eligibility by consulting the Minimum Academic Requirements (MAR) page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. For the Master's program, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of B+ or 76% in upper division courses is required. Also, at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses in the A grade range (comparative to UBC's grading system of 80% or higher) is required. If you are applying to the PhD program, entry requirements are 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.

    • Calculate your GPA - use this GPA Calculator.
    • TOEFL: If English is your second language the School’s overall TOEFL score requirement is 96.
      TOEFL Score Breakdown:
      Speaking: 26 Reading: 23
      Listening: 23 Writing: 24
    • IELTS overall score is 7.0 and 6.5 in each category (reading, writing, speaking, listening).
    • Note: TOEFL/IELTS tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
    • More info about test submissions can be found at:
    • Select a potential supervisor by reviewing the School’s faculty and their research interests. Complete the student-faculty contact form and email the form directly to your proposed supervisor. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability in a research partnership. Once you have confirmed a supervisor, you may indicate this in the admission application. The contact form does not need to be uploaded in the admission application and is provided for informational purposes only.
  2. Confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure below. If you do not receive a  response please contact the Graduate Programs Assistant at DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT CONFIRMING A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR AS YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT THIS CONFIRMATION. APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

** No student is admitted to any graduate programs (MKIN, MA, MSc, PhD) without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission. Therefore, potential applicants must confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application procedure. **

  1. Complete and pay for the online application form.
  2. Submit the following documents to the online application:
  • One completed Statement of Purpose, which you can upload on the online application form. This is a freestyle form, 1-2 pages in length. More info on developing a Statement of Purpose, can be found here.
  • (OPTIONAL) One completed Teaching Assistant Application, which you can upload on the online application form.
  • Upload a copy of your official transcript of every post-secondary institution attended in the online application system. (Please remember to include the marking or grading key, which is usually found at the back of the official transcript. Your application will NOT be assessed with unofficial copies. One set of official transcript from each post-secondary institution will only be required if you are accepted.)  Official Transcripts must arrive in the institutions’ original sealed envelope and mailed to:

UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
170-6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

  • Three reference letters. Referees can submit their letters online if the applicant provides their email address in the online application form. Referees will be automatically contacted by email once the application is submitted and paid. This is the preferred method to submit reference letters. Referees can also mail their reference letters to the School of Kinesiology Graduate Programs. (Letters must be sent in a sealed and signed envelope from the referees)  Reference Letter Request Form.  For tips on soliciting reference letters, download this resource sheet. The Graduate Committee prefers academic recommendation letters, however, professional/business reference letters may also be accepted.
  • Curriculum Vitae. You may upload your CV on the online application form.

Mailing Address:

UBC School of Kinesiology
Graduate Programs
210 – 6081 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 CANADA

The School’s graduate program follows a mentorship model with admission dependent upon a faculty member agreeing to act as a research supervisor. Applications meeting minimum eligibility requirements are forwarded to suggested potential supervisors. Once approved, a Recommendation for Admission is forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who makes a final assessment and issues a ‘formal offer’ on behalf of UBC.

The following criteria, which must meet UBC’s minimum admission requirements, are used to review applications:

  • Scholastic Performance (transcripts)
  • Reference Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Publications (optional)
  • Scholarship eligibility

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sends a formal offer of admission to successful and unsuccessful candidates; those not recommended for the School’s graduate program receive written notification.

Once accepted into the program, student authorization is required to study in Canada. This may be obtained by applying to the nearest Canadian Consular or Immigration Office in the home country and may take as long as 8-10 weeks to process; students from the People’s Republic of China should allow 3-6 months.

To apply for authorization you will require:

  • UBC’s formal offer of admission
  • evidence of adequate funds for tuition and maintenance, and if married – for spouse and children
  • travel funds to and from Canada

Please retain the offer of admission for presentation to the Immigration Officer at the Canadian point of entry. For additional information visit the International Students website.