Kinesiology & Health Science

About Program Admission Requirements

The School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University is an integrated unit which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is responsible for co-curricular (practica) and service programming in Athletics & Recreation for all students of the University.

Kinesiology & Health Science is the study of human movement and the relationship between physical activity and health. Most students enter the Kinesiology and Health Science Program because they have a keen interest in physical activity and health and plan to work in an applied health or education field.

York has one of the largest course offerings in Kinesiology in Canada, including more than 50 professionally focused practicum courses that let you apply your studies to everything from game strategy and injury assessment to event management.

The program provides both an arts and a science perspective to the study of human movement and students can apply to either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) program.

York University's Kinesiology and Health Science program has been ranked in the top 25 Sport Science (Kinesiology) programs in the world by the 2016 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. The 21st ranking world-wide places KHS 5th among North American universities in the same category

York's Kinesiology & Health Science program includes:

  • academic theory
  • laboratory
  • tutorial
  • physical activity practica experiences

The program is constantly evolving in response to societal changes and shifts in faculty and student interests. You will take a common core of required academic courses which encompass the major areas of emphasis in the discipline:

  • ergonomics
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • teaching and coaching
  • sport administration
  • athletic therapy
  • aging
  • epidemiology
  • health promotion
  • gender and sport

York also offers the following certificate programs:

You might be interested in other programs from the Faculty of Health or Health & Society.

Possible Career Paths: 

Careers for Kinesiology & Health Science graduates

  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Consultant/Fitness Club Manager
  • Coaching
  • Athletic/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Program coordinator (children, seniors, individuals with disabilities)
  • Researcher
  • Sport Management
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Wellness Coordinator

Careers requiring postgraduate training

  • Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Nutritionist/Dietician
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Teacher

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.