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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

What's special about a McGill B.Sc. in Kinesiology degree?

This versatile B.Sc.(Kinesiology) program provides students with a breadth of theoretical knowledge applied to human movement from anatomy to ergonomics to psychology, complemented by laboratory work and field experiences. Career outcomes may be found in the areas of ergonomics, protective equipment design, health and lifestyle counseling, physical fitness evaluation, exercise prescription and supervision, as well as sport administration. The program also allows the opportunity for related specialization through minor programs available in other Departments in the University while providing an excellent background for advanced studies in all aspects of kinesiology, in physical and occupational therapy, or medicine.

How is the B.Sc. (Kinesiology) structured?

This is a general outline. Consult the eCalendar for detailed program outlines.

Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree).

If you will be completing advanced level course work (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Levels, and/or university courses) you may receive advanced standing credit for all or part of the U0 year.

At the beginning of the U1 year, students will be able to choose from 2 different options:

  • Kinesiology Major

    This is designed for students who wish a general focus in kinesiology and maximum opportunity for elective courses.

    Kinesiology Major (76 credits) + elective courses (12 credits)
  • Honours in Kinesiology

    This is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue advanced study in kinesiology with a research perspective. Admission will only be considered after the completion of two years (U2) of the B.Sc. (Kinesiology).

    Kinesiology Honours (85 credits) + elective courses (5 credits)

When do I declare my program of study?

You must indicate your intention to apply to the B.Sc. (Kinesiology) at the time you submit your application to McGill.  However, you do not need to choose between the Major or Honours until the start of your U2 year.

Enhance your Kinesiology degree!

Participate in an exchange program: Often referred to as “going on exchange”, exchange participants study at one of McGill’s partner universities while earning credit towards their McGill degree and paying tuition to McGill. McGill has partnerships with 150 Universities around the world to add an international dimension to your studies. Students registered in the Faculty of Education (including the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education) have the opportunity to study at another university for one term (fall or winter), or one academic year (fall and winter). McGill students can study on exchange while paying McGill tuition and earning credits towards their McGill degree. Find out more about exchange programs. You may also opt to Study Away at an institution that McGill does not have a formal exchange agreement with.

Don’t forget about our Internship programs! Education students can apply for internships through the Arts Internship Office (AIO). Internships take place during the summer. Find out more about Faculty of Arts Internship opportunities.