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What will I learn?

Why study Adapted Physical Activity?

This program provides you with the theoretical knowledge, instructional skills, and leadership skills to facilitate physical activity, fitness, and sport programs for people along the continuum of impairments, and across all age groups and environments.

This major is taken as part of a Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) degree, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement, examining both the arts-based and science-based aspects of Kinesiology and allows you to specialize in an area of study.

We also offer a BSc in Kinesiology degree, which takes a more science-focused approach.

Why study Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation gives you access to all the state-of-the-art learning, research, and athletic facilities at the University of Alberta, while offering small class sizes and specialized, interactive programs. With every degree program, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain work experience by completing a practicum in your final year.

As of January 1, 2018, the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is now the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. If you are applying to this faculty for Fall 2018 admission, select “Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation” on the admission application form. Once admitted, you will be a student within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.

Possible Careers

  • Adapted Physical Activity Specialist
  • Exercise and Fitness Specialist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Paralympic Sports Coordinator
  • Recreation Facility Operator
  • Recreation, Parks and Culture Coordinator
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Youth Sport and Physical Activity Research Assistant

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$29,500.00 (US$ 22,228) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2023

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Alberta

North Campus,

116 Street and 85 Avenue,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students applying directly from high school. English Language Requirements: A score of at least 90 on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet-based) with no less than 21 on each band, A score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 6.0 (see Note 4); A score of at least 61 on the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with no less than 60 in each communicative skill.

For international students

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent.

English language Requirement:

  • TOEFL: iBT: At least 90 with a minimum score of 21 points in each section
  • IELTS(Academic): At least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
  • CanTEST(Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees): At least 4.5, with no part lower than 4
  • PTE(Academic) : At least 61, with no less than 60 in each communicative skill
  • CAEL(Canadian Academic English Language assessment) Either CAEL (paper) or CAEL CE (computer): A score of at least 70, with no band less than 60


  • Fall application: March 1, 2021
  • Extension: May 1, 2021

About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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