Prospective Students

Kinesiology at UBC offers you a premier choice to start your professional career in the field of Kinesiology, active health, research, education, recreation, or sports. A Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) is also an excellent step on the way to a second degree in medicine, rehabilitation sciences, education and dentistry, among many others.

The undergraduate BKin degree program at the School of Kinesiology offers a core curriculum consisting of courses in active health, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning, psychology and sociology. In the last two years of your degree, you will specialize in one of three streams: Neuromechanical and Physiological Sciences (NPSC), Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBSC), or Multidisciplinary Science (MDSC).

For more information, please contact the KIN Undergraduate Advising Office at kin.advising@ubc.ca or 604.822.4512.

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Admission Requirements

UBC and the School of Kinesiology welcome students from Canada and around the world.

Curriculum Requirements

See Canadian High Schools

Kinesiology - specific requirements Select your province or territory from the list below to find out what the Kinesiology- specific requirements are for your high school curriculum.

See Advanced Placement (AP)

At UBC, we recognize the value of AP courses. All AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet the University’s admission requirements.

Additional international countries are listed on you.ubc.ca

First-Year Credit

Many students in the School of Kinesiology are granted first-year credit for IB, AP or British A Levels. These credits can be used to meet the Kinesiology program or streams requirements. For details on what first-year credit you’re eligible to receive, find your program at the page linked below.
First-Year Credits


Entrance Awards

For scholarships offered by UBC for Canadian or International students entering the university – please visit their website for further details.

School of Kinesiology Entrance Awards for Aboriginal Students

Two awards of $1,000 each have been created by the School of Kinesiology for entering Aboriginal students who are enrolled in at least 24 credits of course work over the Winter Session. The awards may be renewed for one year only, subject to satisfactory completion of the first year and enrollment in a second year of study in the School of Kinesiology with at least 24 credits of course work. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School.

More information here.


About the Degree

Focused Learning in Action

The school’s teaching aspires to excellence, and is dedicated to providing you with a personalized and student-centred education. Kinesiology courses offer many opportunities to work in small groups and present your work to your peers. We support many of our courses with Connect & Canvas technology, so you have easy access to course notes and peer discussion groups outside of the classroom. You will also have the opportunity to experience hands-on work in our student laboratories and complete a directed study course in any of our Kinesiology research laboratories.

Degree Details

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Possible Careers

How would you like to shape your career path?

The goals of the various individuals and organizations working within the discipline of kinesiology are to improve people’s quality of life in a number of populations and settings through increasing physiological functioning and psychological health. A degree in kinesiology can lead to a number of careers in a wide range the fields such as education, fitness and recreation, sports management, medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition.

Graduates of kinesiology can be found in schools, universities, hospitals, military environments, hotels, recreation centers, sports clubs, aquatic facilities, health clinics, wellness centers, and other private and public agencies.  Interested in seeing what some of our graduates have done with their degrees?  See what they are doing now here.

Take a look at some possible career choices to see what courses you might need to help get you where you want to be.

Career Paths


Student Stories

At The School of Kinesiology, we bring you more than an exceptional interdisciplinary, international education – we bring you the world.

Canada is internationally recognized as a country that delivers the highest standards of education, and UBC is no exception. As a Kinesiology student, you will be part of a diverse community that is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, building relationships that will last a lifetime.  Here are some of our Kinesiology Student Stories.

KIN Student Kseniya Yakovenko, Recipient of the UBC Presidential Scholar’s Award

My name is Kseniya Yakovenko and I am a first-year Kinesiology student. I consider it a huge honour and accomplishment to have been accepted into the UBC School of Kinesiology with a Presidential Scholar’s Award this year. You see, my family immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in the early 2000’s with very little in […]

Ava Katz

Ava Katz is a second-year UBC Kin student who was profiled in March 2020 as a Kin Community Champion. The Kin Community Champions initiative recognizes and celebrates the students, staff, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. People whose service to others and acts of support show […]

Wade Zhang

Wade is a second year Kinesiology student in the Multidisciplinary stream. He hopes to work as a PE teacher in a secondary school when he graduates, and sees this career choice as a “great opportunity to combine my passions for both teaching and coaching.” Wade recently served as an Orientation & Transition Leader for UBC […]

Asha Basi

Asha Basi is a third-year Kinesiology student in the Interdisciplinary stream. She chose UBC Kin for the variety of subject areas she could study such as psychology, biometrics and physiology.

Inderpal Sehmbi

Graduating year: 2016, 2018
Degree: HPCTL, MHPCTL

Frick, Tim

Graduating year: 1975
Degree: BPE
Frick’s coaching career has resulted in an outpouring of acknowledgements. A sample includes seven Canadian Coaching Association Excellence Awards, 1998 Sport BC Coach of the Year, 3M Male Coach of 2001, BC Wheelchair Sports Coach of the Millennium, Geoff Gowan Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame and the Order of British Columbia.

Benjamin, Katherine

Graduating year: 2008
Degree: BHK
Over the last 10 years, Katherine has worked on innovation-focused projects in Canada, Malawi, the UK, and the United States for organizations like lululemon, the City of New York, the UK’s National Health Service, and the Ontario Cabinet Office.

McNiven, Brooks

Graduating year: 2016, 2018
Degree: HPCTL, MHPCTL
He is also the owner and Director of Inside Performance, an indoor baseball training centre; and has participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the Canadian Men's Baseball team. He hopes to have the opportunity to coach with the Junior National team in the coming years.

Flexman, Tyla

Graduating year: 2009
Degree: BHK
My most memorable moments at UBC seem to be balancing sports with school! I played on the Junior National Field Hockey Team in my first and second year and the Varsity Field Hockey Team for my 5 years, so I was always on the go.

Sinclair, Gary

Graduating year: 1957
Degree: BPE
During my BPE Studies I was inspired by Dr Max Howell, a former Australian rugby international who had just received his PhD from the U of California. He brought an enthusiasm for the academic study of PE and also accepted the responsibility for the development of the rugby program.