Prospective Graduate Students

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.

Our MKin program is undergoing program change to keep pace with and lead in knowledge and skills training in kinesiology and performance sciences. Note that we now offer courses relevant to Performance and Coaching Science, based on our proud history in this area, as well as Clinical Kinesiology.

COVID 19: *Please note, we are adhering to guidelines from UBC and the Provincial Government regarding physical distancing and its implications for course delivery. We are working to ensure a full complement of courses will be available in online, hybrid or in-person formats for the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year.

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, coaching science and clinical kinesiology. 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 (BA or BSc in a field related to kinesiology).

The School has excellent research facilities and graduate students work alongside some of the top researchers in the field of Kinesiology. The MA, MSc and PhD programs follow 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 these research programs without a supervisor being assigned at the time of admission.

Are you interested in performance and coaching science or clinical kinesiology? If so, the preferred degree path is the non-thesis MKin degree. The faculty members most closely associated with this degree at the current time are Dr. Maria Gallo and Dr Nicola Hodges. Information on the program structure is available in the Masters Programs.

Our MKin program is undergoing program changes to keep pace with, and lead in knowledge and skills training in kinesiology and performance sciences. Note that we now offer courses relevant to Performance and Coaching Science, based on our proud history in this area, as well as Clinical Kinesiology.

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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, 30-credit course-based degree with broad course offerings, field experiences and tuition from leading practical and theory experts. We are transitioning to a two stream model with core and recommended course offerings associated with each: Performance and Coaching Sciences and Clinical Kinesiology. The expected time to completion is 3-4 terms, with the possibility of completing the program in one year (3 terms).

* A thesis is not part of this program, distinguishing the MKin from the MA/MSc programs.

The MKin program prepares students for employment in coaching and sport-science support, such as strength and conditioning, at various levels (high school, club, varsity, elite/professional sports) and/or for professional leadership and work across a range of health settings including clinical/community/corporate health and exercise promotion and chronic disease prevention programs. For over two decades, the Coaching Science program has supported the coaching careers of many different sport coaches by enhancing their theoretical knowledge and practical skill development. We are now also offering courses related to Clinical Kinesiology, to meet the growing needs of exercise specialists in various health and community arenas, which will be driven by knowledge related to exercise testing and prescription, nutrition, injury prevention and behaviour change.

No supervisor is required for admission to the MKin program. However, opportunities to work directly with a faculty supervisor will be available through field placements or directed (research) studies. Please see the "Graduate Courses" for more information.

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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 information 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.

The MHPCTL consists of the 1 year program HPCTL Graduate Certificate. Students who successfully complete the HPCTL program may be recommended for admission into the MHPCTL program. Both the HPCTL and MHPCTL are offered on a part-time basis and delivered online.

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 Inter-university 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 Course-based, Non-Thesis Degree,
(ONLINE PROGRAM with residential components)
Areas of Study Socio-Managerial
Behavioural
Natural/Physical Science
Behavioural
Performance & Coaching Sciences and Clinical Kinesiology  Coaching Science
Admission Requirements for MA, MSc
  • 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. Please contact potential supervisor by filling in the Supervision Enquiry form (type "Kinesiology" in the program field and click on faculty profile) to include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. This form provides important background information and will help determine your suitability in a research partnership. **No student will be admitted to our graduate programs (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.
Admission Requirements for Mkin
  • 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.
  • No Supervisor is required. Students may apply directly online and the Mkin admissions committee will evaluate the files.
Admission Requirements (Applicable to MHPCTL degree program only)
  • 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.

In addition to the above, applicants usually have the following requirements:

  • 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
  • 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.

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 for students who started their programs prior to September 2019)

KIN 599 - Thesis (18 Credits for students starting September 2019)

No research thesis or major paper presentation is required. KIN 595 (3 credits) is an option for students who may choose to present a major paper. KIN 530 Directed Studies may also be an option for students to study a topic of their choice in consultation with their Graduate Advisor. KIN 596 (6 Credits)
Course Work

A total of 18 course credits required for students who started their programs prior to September 2019. The 18 credits may be a combination of both graduate and undergraduate coursework. See note below for undergraduate coursework.

18 course credits + 12 credits for KIN 599 = 30 credits total

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*For students starting September 2019 or later, a total of 12 course credits is required, which may include a combination of graduate and undergraduate course credits. See note below for undergraduate coursework.

12 course credits + 18 credits for KIN 599 = 30 credits total

*Students may choose their courses in consultation with their Grad Advisor

A total of 30 credits required. The 30 credits may be a combination of both graduate and undergraduate coursework. See note below for undergraduate coursework.

*See below for samples of course offerings that Mkin students may take:

Mkin Provisional Courses

Mkin Potential Course Templates

KIN 515, KIN 585, KIN 586, KIN 598, KIN 516, KIN 517, KIN 530, KIN 572 (3 credits each)

 

*Only coursework listed in the program will be counted towards the MHPCTL

Required KIN Course Work KIN 570 / KIN 571 KIN 572 - Research Methods for Sport & Health Sciences (3 credits) KIN 572 - Research Methods for Sport & Health Sciences (3 credits)
Undergraduate
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 MA, MSc, and MKin degrees. Starting September 2019, students enrolled in the MA or MSc may only have a maximum of 3 credits at the 300/400 undergraduate level count towards their program. Undergraduate courses are not allowed to be counted towards MHPCTL program.
TOTAL CREDITS MINIMUM OF 30 CREDITS IN TOTAL REQUIRED FOR MA/MSc/Mkin/MHPCTL

The required course work for MA/MSc takes about two terms to complete with a minimum additional year (three terms) to complete the research thesis. The required course work for MKin takes about three to four terms (1 - 1.5 years) 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/MSc:  The average program duration is 2 - 3 years (full-time program)

MKin: The average program duration is 1 - 1.5 years (full-time program)

MHPCTL: The average program duration is 3 - 3.5 years (part-time program)

PhD: The average program duration is 4 - 6 years (full-time program)

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). There are 3 terms per year.

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 in the "Potential Supervisors" tab. Please contact potential supervisor by filling in the Supervision Enquiry form (type "Kinesiology" in the program field and click on faculty profile) to include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. 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.
  • the Graduate Faculty Supervisor whose research area parallel the applicant's study interests.
  • a list of graduate courses the applicant finds interesting and would like to complete (optional). Information on graduate course offerings

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 are required to complete their Advancement to Candidacy within a period of three (3) years from their initial date of registration. The average program duration is 4 - 6 years (full-time program).

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

Minimum Funding for PhD Students

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a minimum funding package equal to $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The $18,000 minimum funding does not include tuition or student fees. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. The funding package will be offered to all incoming PhD students as part of their admission acceptance.

There are no minimum funding or guaranteed funding offered to Master's students.

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 the international tuition award.

The School tries to provide all graduate students with partial or full Teaching Assistantships. They are matched to TA positions (courses) based on research interests and past experience. Usually students are able to obtain at least 1 TA position (1 term - 4 months) during the academic year (September to April). They may also be able to obtain 2 TA positions depending on the availability. They may choose the terms they are available to TA - Fall and/or Winter terms. There are limited TA positions in the summer term and most positions are assigned by seniority. The current rate for a Master's student is $6,115 per term (4 months) and the current rate for a PhD student is $6,355 per term (4 months).

Students may apply for TA positions after they have been accepted by the School. In order to be assigned a TA position, students must apply by the admission deadline in January. The TA application is due by April 30. Applicants in the MKin program are encouraged to apply before the April 30th deadline if they are interested in a TA position. However, due to the open admissions policy for the MKin program, late TA applications are accepted but will only be considered if unfilled positions remain.

 

The following awards may be available to incoming graduate students. Applications are adjudicated according to the selection criteria for Doctoral Awards and the selection criteria for Master Awards. See "Award Selection Criteria" below for more details.

Please be aware that your admission applications will be used by the Graduate Committee to allocate award funding. Within your CV and/or personal statement, include information related to the selection criteria for Doctoral and Master awards.

Graduate Entrance Awards

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

  • academic excellence (transcripts)
  • research potential
  • personal characteristics and interpersonal skills

Award amounts may differ from year to year. See "Award Selection Criteria" below for more details.

Deadline: January 15 (Admission deadline)
Annual Value: About $1,000 - $6,000 and may vary each year
Eligibility: All incoming Masters and PhD students (domestic and international)
Application Procedures: All incoming graduate students who have met the January application deadline are automatically considered for these awards. A separate application is not required.

Faculty of Education PhD Awards

The PhD awards are given to outstanding incoming doctoral students by the Faculty of Education.

Deadline: January 15 (Admission deadline)
Annual Value: About $5,000 - $7,000 and may vary each year
Eligibility: All incoming PhD students (domestic and international)
Application Procedures: Applicants are automatically entered for this competition when they applied by the January application deadline and do not need to submit a separate application.

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

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

For more information, visit UBC Graduate Studies page: Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF).

Deadline: January 15 (Admission deadline)
Annual Value: $18,200 stipend per year plus tuition for the first four years of PhD program
Eligibility: All incoming PhD students (domestic and international)
Application Procedures: Applicants are automatically entered for this competition when they applied by the January application deadline and do not need to submit a separate application.

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.

Deadline: Usually mid-September for PhD students and December 1 for research-based Masters students
Annual Value: Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000 (PhD) and $175 to $16,000 (Masters)
Eligibility: Domestic and International research-based Masters and PhD students. Eligible domestic Masters and PhD students must apply for one of the Tri-Agency competition (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and will be automatically entered into the Affiliated awards. No separate application is required for domestic students.
Application Procedures: See Affiliated Doctoral Fellowship and Affiliated Masters Fellowship. Also, more information in the "External Funding" section below.

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. These scholarships are provided by Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).  These scholarships are available to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. International students are not eligible.

Deadline: Usually mid-September
Annual Value: Scholarship values range from $20,000 to $35,000 per year for 2 to 3 years at the PhD level
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Application Procedures: Students apply directly to Tri-Agency portal. See new CGS D program page for the harmonized application process and timeline. In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHRNSERC and SSHRC for further details.

 

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Deadline: Usually December 1
Annual Value: one-time $17,500 annual award at the Master's level
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The School will only review CGSM applications for incoming Masters students who have applied by the January application deadline.

Note: The School may set an earlier admission application deadline for incoming Masters students applying for the CGSM. Please contact Graduate Programs Assistant for more information.

Application Procedures: Students apply directly to Tri-Agency portal. See Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program.

Awards and scholarships funding are adjudicated according to the selection criteria below. (Please check your Download folder after clicking on the links.)

Doctoral Award Selection Criteria

Master Award Selection Criteria

Mkin Award Selection Criteria

 

UBC, through the support of its many donors and through funding provided by the provincial and federal governments, offers a wide range of programs to provide financial assistance to students who cannot meet basic educational costs.

Some needs-based funding options available include student loans, bursaries, and work-learn programs.

Additional information is available at the Graduate Student website.

  • Can PhD students obtain more than the minimum $18,000 funding package?

Yes, most of our PhD students obtain more than $18,000. On average, most PhD students are able to obtain about $25,000 per year through a combination of awards, TA, and GRA assignments.

  • Do Master's students have a minimum or guaranteed funding package?

No, Master's students are not guaranteed any minimum funding. However, they may apply for TA and GRA positions, and are likely to receive at least 1 TA assignment per year. They may also be able to obtain 2 TA positions depending on the availability.

  • When will I know if I have received any award funding?

Admission letters for the research-based graduate programs are usually sent out by the end of March. Admission letters for the MKin program are sent out on a rolling-basis (end of March round 1) with admission applications accepted up until July 1st, depending on eligibility and availability.

  • Do I need to apply for any of the entrance awards?

No, you do NOT need to provide a separate application for any of our entrance awards such as the Graduate Entrance Awards, Four-Year Fellowships, and Faculty of Education PhD Awards.

Note: Please be aware that your admission applications will be used by the Graduate Committee to allocate award funding. Within your CV and/or personal statement, include information related to the selection criteria for Doctoral or Master awards.

Students must apply by the January admission application deadline in order to be considered for any of the Entrance awards (Graduate Entrance Awards, Four Year Fellowships, PhD awards). Students who apply and are accepted after this deadline will not be offered any entrance awards. However, they may apply for other awards, such as the CGSD or CGSM (external funding), if they are able to meet the application deadline.

Students may be considered for TA assignments if they apply late, provided there are any positions left.

  • What awards or funding are available to Mkin students?

Funding for the Mkin students is limited as most financial support are for research-based programs. Mkin students may be eligible for Graduate Entrance Award and TA positions, if they apply by the January admission deadline

  • Are there any other awards or funding available to graduate students?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a database of awards that you may search.

Frequently asked questions about graduate awards can also be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

 

Potential Supervisors


Professor
Associate Director Research


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


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Professor (On leave till June 30, 2020)


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


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


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Assistant Professor


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Professor
Director of the Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS)


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

MA/MSc/PhD: 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 agree 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.

MKin: It is possible to be accepted if you don't have the minimum required GPA, if the admissions’ committee for the MKin degree approves your application. 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 apply when my degree is not completed or if I have courses in progress?

Yes, you may apply even though you have courses in progress or if your degree has not been conferred. By the time you enter our graduate program, your courses must be completed and your degree conferred. You will be required to send the final transcript with your degree conferred to the Graduate Studies Office . It is advisable to upload your latest transcript when you applied. For example, if you are taking courses in the Fall term, you should upload the transcript after all your marks for the Fall term has been posted. If not, we would not be able to consider these courses for your GPA calculation.

  • 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 unless you completed your post-secondary education at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. See below for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How do I find a potential supervisor?

MA/MSc/PhD: You may use the Supervision Enquiry form (type "Kinesiology" in the program field and click on faculty profile) to include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department.

MKin: No supervisor is required. Interested applicants may apply directly to the Mkin program.

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

MA/MSc/PhD: You must find a faculty member willing to supervise you, otherwise you will NOT be admitted into any of these graduate programs. Do not submit an application without confirming a potential supervisor for the research-based programs. Application fees are non-refundable.

MKin: No supervisor is required. Interested applicants may apply directly to the Mkin program.

  • 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, for research-based programs, at least one of them must be willing to supervise you before you proceed with the application form.

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

Only applications for the MKin program will be accepted without a faculty supervisor. For all other research-based graduate programs, 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.

  • What kind of references would you require?

MA/MSc/PhD: We require academic references for research-based programs, however, we will accept professional references as well. Please know that in order to be rated highly for awards, all your references must be academic based.

  • Do you have any advice or tips on contacting a potential supervisor?

Yes, we have a list of do's and don'ts. You are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

  • May I submit my admission application after the deadline?

MA/MSc/PhD: 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.

MKin: students are encouraged to apply early to the program and adhere to the posted deadlines on the site. However, applications for the MKin program will be considered at any time, pending availability.

  • Can I submit/upload my documents (statement of purpose, CV) after I submit my application?

Yes, you may upload and/or change your supporting documents after you submit your admission application. The documents do not need to be uploaded at the time you applied. However, all documents must be submitted by the application deadline. If you require any assistance, please contact kin.gradsec@ubc.ca

**It is advisable to upload copies of your transcripts after your grades are posted for your most current term, which is usually the Fall term for applicants applying for the January deadline for the September admission start date. 

  • Can I upload "unofficial" copies of my transcripts for my admission application?

No. Only "official" copies of your transcripts with the grading key/legend should be uploaded for your admission application. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted or reviewed and your application is considered incomplete until we receive copies of youor official transcripts. More information on transcript requirements can be found on our formal application procedures.

  • When can students be admitted into the program?

There are two terms (Fall and Winter) that students can be admitted into the graduate programs. Please see application deadlines for further information.

  • Can I be admitted in the summer term?

We do not usually accept students in the summer term as there are fewer course offerings at this time and many faculty are engaged in research and professional development activities which take them away from the classroom. Many students spend the summer months working on their thesis or directed studies/fieldwork courses.

  • Can I apply for part-time studies in the Master's and PhD program?

Although it is strongly recommended for all students to undertake full-time study, the Master's and PhD program may also be undertaken on a part-time basis, if the proposed supervisor is in agreement with this arrangement or the Mkin committee, in the case of Mkin students. Students fees are assessed on a term-basis, regardless of the number of courses enrolled for that term.

  • 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?

MA/MSc/PhD: 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.

MKin: If after reviewing the guidelines on the website you are still unsure about your suitability, you may contact either Dr Maria Gallo or Dr Nicola Hodges for further information.

  • When will I know if I am accepted?

MA/MSc/PhD: Students who apply by the January admission deadline may find out if they are accepted by March or April.

MKin: Students who apply by the January admission deadline may find out if they are accepted by March or April. There will be a second round of applicant reviews late April (with notifications sent out in May). Applications received after April will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on program availability.

  • Are there awards for graduate students?

Yes, see awards section for more information.

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

Currently, the School of Kinesiology does not certify kinesiologists or physiologists, nor are we formally 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. However, the School is working closely with the BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) to make sure our programs lead the way in embuing knowledge and skills necessary to practice and to comply with any potential accreditation which may come into effect as kinesiology becomes recognized as a regulated health profession.

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

We are transitioning our program to offer a Clinical Kinesiology stream and courses will be offered relevant to Clinical Kinesiology (as of September 2020). If you are 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.

  • What streams are available in the Mkin program?

We are very pleased to be moving towards a two stream MKin program - Performance and Coaching Science and Clinical Kinesiology. Although there are no formal streams as yet, from September 2020 we are offering course offerings relevant to both career streams. No supervisor is required for admission to the program.

Other than the Coaching Science and Clinical Kinesiology streams, 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.

  • Can I do any of your programs online?

Our graduate degree programs required you to be on-campus to attend classes and/or conduct research. However, due to the current CONVID-19 situation, we may be offering some of our courses online. Please check Course Scheduling for information on the current course offerings.

The only permanent online programs are the HPCTL/MHPCTL programs, available to elite coaches with extensive experience in the field. We are also working towards a fully online, graduate certificate program for Clinical Kinesiology. Please stay tuned! More information will be provided in the near future.

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

Brandon Rasman

Graduating year: 2016
Degree: MSc
My current projects entail gravity-related experiments in which we will test human behaviour in altered gravity conditions on parabolic flights. These studies will be conducted in partnership with two parabolic flight campaigns organized and operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).


Alex Rebchuk

Graduating year: 2016
Degree: MSc
After graduation, I moved to Toronto and pursued a job in the medical insurance industry. I worked for one year as a Case Manager at Manulife Financial. During this time I realized I much preferred academia to industry. So in September 2014, I returned to UBC to pursue graduate studies under the supervision of Dr. Blouin.


Nick Snow

Graduating year: 2015
Degree: MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences)
I am a research assistant at the School of Kinesiology, and work under the supervision the School’s Director, Dr. Robert Boushel. I get to learn about exercise physiology for a living, with the help of some leading experts.


Christina Sequeira, MKIN, ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Graduating year: 2014
Degree: MSc
I am a research assistant at the School of Kinesiology, and work under the supervision the School’s Director, Dr. Robert Boushel. I get to learn about exercise physiology for a living, with the help of some leading experts.


Kristin Campbell, PT, MSc, PhD

Graduating year: 2015
Degree: PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences)
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.