MSc, PhD

School of Health & Exercise Sciences
Graduate Studies

Your goals are unique, and your degree should be too. Our Master’s and PhD programs let you pursue your individualized educational and professional goals

Graduate Degree

Program Components Duration
MSc Coursework and thesis 24 months

Applicants to the program will have interests in health sciences and will come from a variety of backgrounds within the biological, natural, and social sciences.

Beginning September 2018, the Health and Exercise Sciences graduate program will offer a full-time Master of Science degree. Applicants to the program will have interests in health sciences and will come from a variety of backgrounds within the biological, natural, and social sciences.

Related Programs

Geoff Coombs
2017 Killam Award recipient

Research & Supervisors

We invite you to discuss your research interests and career goals with participating faculty and potential supervisors in the School of Health & Exercise Sciences, and we are happy to share our excitement about what we study and teach.

Graduate students can pursue these and other key areas of faculty research with applications to children, adults and individuals with chronic health conditions:

  • Neuromuscular physiology and fatigue
  • Health behavior change
  • Cardiorespiratory and cerebrovascular physiology
  • Metabolism, nutrition and immunology

The success of UBC’s Okanagan School of Health & Exercise Sciences graduate program depends on the exceptional students within our program. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to a potential faculty supervisor before beginning the application process.

 
Philip Ainslie | philip.ainslie@ubc.ca | 250-807-8089 | Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health
Research interests: cerebrovascular physiology, exercise, high altitude physiology and medicine, diving, thermal physiology, environmental physiology
Cristina Caperchione | cristina.caperchione@ubc.ca | 250-807-9679 | The Physical Health and Activity Behaviour (PHAB) Lab
Research interests: Physical activity, community based interventions, health promotion, management of chronic disease, men’s heath, cancer survivorship
Brian Dalton | brian.dalton@ubc.ca | 250-807-9513 | Sensorimotor Physiology and Integrative Neuromechanics Lab
Research interests: Neuromuscular physiology, adult aging, fatigue, sensorimotor, physiology, standing balance, vestibular
Neil Eves | neil.eves@ubc.ca | 250-807-9676 | Integrative Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology Lab (iCCP)
Research interests: Respiratory Physiology, cardiovascular physiology, exercise physiology, pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory disease, heart-lung interaction, lung mechanics.
Glen Foster | glen.foster@ubc.ca | 250-807-8224 | CardioPulmonary Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Physiology
Research interests: Hypoxia, high altitude, sleep apnea, cardiopulmonary control, pulmonary vascular hemodynamics, pulmonary gas exchange efficiency, blood gas control
Heather Gainforth | heather.gainforth@ubc.ca | 250.807.9352 | Applied Behaviour Change (ABC) Laboratory
Research interests: Knowledge translation, community based research, health promotion, disability, spinal cord injury
Jennifer Jakobi | jennifer.jakobi@ubc.ca | 250.807.9884 | Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL)
Research interests: Aging, neuromuscular plasticity, acute and chronic exercise, physiological adaptations, sex differences, spinal adaptations, strength training, motor unit physiology
Gareth Jones | gareth.jones@ubc.ca | 250.807.8102 | Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL)
Research interests: Aging, Exercise, frailty, rehabilitation, physical literacy
Mary Jung | mary.jung@ubc.ca | 250.807.9670 | Health and Exercise Psychology Laboratory | Small Steps for Big Changes
Research interests: Self-regulation of health behaviours, evidence-based community interventions, prediabetes, diabetes, mHealth
Jonathan Little | jonathan.little@ubc.ca | 250-807-9876 | Exercise Metabolism and Inflammation Laboratory (EMIL)
Research interests: Type 2 diabetes, exercise, low-carbohydrate diets, inflammation, ketones, cardiometabolic health, obesity
Kathleen Martin Ginis | kathleen_martin.ginis@ubc.ca | 250-807-9768
Research interests: Physical activity, behavior, knowledge translation, spinal cord injury, physical disabilities, weight loss, cardiovascular disease
Alison McManus | ali.mcmanus@ubc.ca | 250-807-8192 | Pediatric Inactivity Physiology Laboratory
Research interests: Children, physiological response to sedentary behavior, exercise
Chris McNeil | chris.mcneil@ubc.ca | 250-807-9664 | Integrative Neuromuscular Physiology Lab
Research interests: Muscle fatigue, motoneurons, motor cortex, muscle strength and power, aging, sex differences
Colin Reid | colin.reid@ubc.ca | 250-807-9910
Research interests: Health services, residential long term care
  • Dr. Phil Ainslie: Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health (CHLVH)
  • Dr. Cristina Caperchione: The PHAB Lab
  • Dr. Glen Foster
  • Dr. Heather Gainforth: Behaviour Change Lab
  • Dr. Jennifer Jakobi and Dr. Gareth Jones: Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL)
  • Dr. Mary Jung: Health and Exercise Psychology Lab (HEPL)
  • Dr. Jonathan Little
  • Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis
  • Dr. Chris MacNeil
  • Dr. Alison McManus
  • Dr. Neil Eves: Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health (CHLVH)
  • Dr. Brian Dlaton

Ali McManus
Pediatric physical activity
Asst. Prof. Mary Jung
Researcher of the year

Admission Requirements

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the M.Sc. programs are normally expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a biological, natural, social science, health science, or another related field of study with a B+ (76%) average or higher in their third- and fourth-year classes or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study with an A- (80%) or higher average. Their background training must be sufficient for advanced work in their chosen field. Please see the College of Graduate Studies website.

No applicant will be admitted to the program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to submitting their application materials.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the M.A. or M.Sc. programs are normally expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a biological, natural, social science, health science, or another related field of study with a B+ (76%) average or higher in their third- and fourth-year classes or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study with an A- (80%) or higher average. Their background training must be sufficient for advanced work in their chosen field. Please see the College of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants from universities outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months.

Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the College of Graduate Studies are listed on the College of Graduate Studies website. No applicant will be admitted to the program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to submitting their application materials.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide — a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Visit the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MSc Full-time $4,801.80 $8,435.94

Tuition is paid three times a year at the beginning of each term, and on the first day of the term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term. Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Graduate student stipends are funded through a combination of internal and external funding awards, Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA). Funding and stipend amounts are normally at the Canadian Tri-Council level. Funding beyond the recommended completion times is not guaranteed.

Students are expected whenever possible to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships.

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA): Providing financial support, TAs allow graduate students to develop skills in teaching, supervision, facilitation and student assessment. TAs may lead seminars, help teach undergraduate courses, or assist in student evaluations and marking. TAs are mentored both from their supervisor and via the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA): As a paid research assistant, RA students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis. RAs are typically funded by the supervisor’s external grants, contracts or other sources of funding.

Scholarship & Fellowship Awards

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards: All prospective graduate students (Domestic and International) should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including awards offered by Canada’s three research councils: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority).


How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

Please contact our faculty before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as satisfying program-specific criteria.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumé
  • Three reference forms or letters

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application two months in advance of published deadlines. For full consideration students should apply by the following dates:

Intake Application Before
Domestic applicants
September January 31
January June 2
International applicants
September January 31
January June 2

UBC’s Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the School of Health & Exercise Sciences graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan is situated near the northern border of the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow a business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lake shores and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chance of acceptance.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vacancies in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

Join the club! Make friends with similar interests, and organize and participate in academic and recreational events in the Graduate Health & Exercise Sciences Society.

There are href=”http://students.ok.ubc.ca/newtoubc/orientations.html”>orientation events for all graduate students, including the College of Graduate Studies’ incoming graduate student orientation and Create, a campus-wide orientation for all new students.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library’s Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

FWith a Health & Exercise Sciences MSc degree from the University of British Columbia, graduates are well-positioned to thrive in a variety of occupations, such as:

Occupations

  • Chronic disease rehabilitator/ rehabilitation specialist
  • Ergonomist/Health & Safety Officer
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Exercise therapist or trainer
  • Kinesiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Rehabilitation Program Director
  • Health & Social Policy Director
  • Health & Wellness/Return to Work Coordinator
  • Life coach (nutrition & fitness)
  • Managers/coordinators in community centres
  • Program coordinator (e.g. Parks & Recreation Dept.)
  • Public Health Director
  • Consultant: job applicant assessment (fitness)
  • Gym manager/owner
  • Researcher

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre. Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The ‘Your Next Step’ program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.