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Admission Requirements

The Department of Kinesiology offers a direct-entry Honours B.Sc. (Kinesiology) degree through a program that is well-known for its quality, innovation and integrative approach to the study of kinesiology.

Over the course of 4 years, students receive a broad-based curriculum composed of a mix of basic and applied science courses related to the study of human movement.

Our limited enrolment program offers an exceptional learning environment encompassing classroom, laboratory and fieldwork placement experiences. Graduates of Kinesiology at McMaster University are well prepared for a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from direct entry employment as kinesiologists to further training in graduate, medical or professional schools. Our curriculum meets the core competency requirements for the new College of Kinesiology in the province of Ontario.

Please Note: If you hold a university degree, you are not eligible to apply to the Kinesiology program.

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Ontario Students:

  • Completion of O.S.S.D.
  • Six Grade 12 U/M courses, including:
    • ENG4U English
    • SBI4U Biology
    •  MCV4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Anticipated Admission Average: high 80’s – low 90’s
  • Refer to Ontario Secondary School Admission Overview available from the Registrar’s Office for more details

Non-Ontario Students:

If You Are NOT An Ontario High School Student…

Details on admission requirements for college graduates, and students applying from out-of-province, the United States and other countries can be found on the Registrar’s Office Admission Website

Transfer Students:

Transfer/Application to Kinesiology I

A limited number of exceptionally qualified students are admitted to the Kinesiology I Program each year.

Internal Transfer

In-course McMaster students seeking transfer or admission to Honours Kinesiology I for the following Fall/Winter session must submit the mandatory Supplementary Application to the Department of Kinesiology by April 30. Students who submit a Supplementary Application will be added to the Program/Plan Kinesiology I selection on Mosaic in early May by the Associate Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Science. Students will then be notified of their eligibility for transfer to Honours Kinesiology I on their grade reports in June.
McMaster students interested in transferring should contact the Academic Program Advisor in the Department of Kinesiology or the Office of the Associate Dean of Science (Academic).
To be considered, applicants must have an average of at least 9.0 (B+) in a minimum of 24 units of university work, taken during the Fall and Winter terms.

BIOLOGY 1A03 and 1M03 are no longer required to transfer internally into the Kinesiology Program for September 2022, however, enrollment in these two courses is to your discretion as they may be required for other programs, since transferring into Kinesiology is competitive. Given the number of required units and prerequisites of Kinesiology courses, transfer students may not be able to complete the requirements in three additional years of study.

External Transfer

Students transferring from another university should see the Admission Requirements and Application Procedures sections of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. More information can also be found on the McMaster website.

The supplementary application can submitted online by selecting the HTML icon or downloading the PDF file and submitting a hardcopy: