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. Students will specialize in one of three streams going into second-year: 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.

Patrick Wu

Patrick Wu is a Master of Kinesiology student whose focus is on investigating “practical ways to drive behavioral change and to advance the world of strength and conditioning.” His passion is Olympic-style weightlifting which he practices 5-6 days a week! He loves it so much that he has started his own strength and conditioning business […]

Anika Cheng

Anika is a fifth year Kinesiology student in the interdisciplinary stream, who is set to graduate in June 2021. She is an active member of the KIN community, having participated in the Co-op, Work-learn, and KIN Mentorship programs. After graduating, Anika is excited to start a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at UBC. Anika and her […]

Xueqing (Snowy) Zhou

Xueqing (Snowy) Zhou is a fourth-year Kinesiology student in the Interdisciplinary Stream. She will be graduating in May 2021 and will pursue a Master of Science in Kinesiology at UBC in the fall, focusing on exercise, neurophysiology and urogenital health. Originally from China, Xueqing was drawn to kinesiology because of a knee injury she suffered […]

Ahmadian, Mehdi

A former elite athlete and international karate champion, he says that as an athlete “I was always curious about how my body responded to different types of exercise training.” This curiosity led him to pursue studies in the field of physical education and sport sciences.

Suprita Anand

When asked how she feels about her KIN achievements, Suprita responds “I was extremely thrilled. I owe it to my teachers who guided, moulded and encouraged me to take the opportunities that came my way and share my experiential learnings with others. Living in different countries has helped me to be resilient, appreciate cultural diversity, adapt to various situations and build positive and trustful relationships.

Bandara, Nilanga Aki

1st year Master of Kinesiology student

Aki states, “the pandemic has completely changed our ways of life. Evidence from health care professionals working on the frontlines shows that their mental health has been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Shalom Howe

Shalom Howe is a fourth year Kinesiology student who is set to graduate this coming May, 2021, from the interdisciplinary Stream. She recently received the Qwasen Graduating Student Award from the School! She joined the School of Kinesiology “because it has so many different academic areas included. We learn about human movement from a physical […]

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, a 2020 KIN Community Champion, reflects on life during Covid

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 […]