Prospective Students


The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology offers a Master's of Science (M.Sc.) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Degree Requirements

M.Sc. requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate courses, a Master's thesis proposal and a successful thesis defense. It is expected that degree requirements can normally be completed in six semesters.
Normally the supervisory committee will specify any courses necessary to complete the student's academic preparation. In exceptional circumstances, the supervisory committee may allow the student to proceed without additional course work over and above that for a Master's degree. Degree requirements include successful completion of comprehensive examinations, two seminar presentations and a successful thesis defense.

Admission Requirements & Application Process

In addition to the requirements listed below, at least 24 credit hours of appropriate undergraduate science courses are required for admission to the graduate program in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Admission to a Master's Program

The minimum University requirements for admission to a Master's program are as follows:

  • a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 from a recognized university, or the equivalent;
  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the student's ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest.
Admission to a Doctoral Program

The minimum University requirements for admission to a doctoral program are as follows:


  • a master's degree from a recognized university, or the equivalent, or
  • a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, from a recognized university, or the equivalent, or
  • completion of at least 75% of the course work credits required for the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Master's program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether taken at Simon Fraser University of another university, shall be considered in the calculation.

AND submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking substantial original research. Normally, such capability will be judged from letters of reference from qualified referees, and the completion of a Master's thesis or other scholarly work.

Students must satisfy any further requirements set by the graduate program committee. Students whose native language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English.

Before admission into either of the thesis programs (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) can be granted a tenure-track faculty member of the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology must agree to act as the student's senior supervisor. Students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors prior to submitting their application.

Application Process

*Please see HERE for more information

Deadline Dates

The deadline for application for the Spring Semester is August 31st.
The deadline for application for the Summer and Fall Semesters is January 15th.

Please indicate on the application the semester for which you are applying

  • Fall ( September- December)
  • Spring (January-April) or
  • Summer (May- August)

*** If you have missed the deadline for application, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant for further instructions and application possibilities.

Note: The major competition for graduate positions occurs for the Fall Semester.

This online application system is for use by applicants applying to Master's and Doctoral programs.

  • Applicants who wish to take one or more courses as non-degree students should contact the department and graduate program directly.
  • Students who wish to take courses through the Western Deans Agreement should complete the WDA form (available from their home university) and submit it first to their home university.
  • BPK CV Template
  • BPK CV Guideline

(High School students and Post-Secondary Transfer Students applying for Bachelor's degrees should go to Post-secondary Application Services of BC

Admission for International Students

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field.

The requirements listed below are effective September 1, 2012.

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Applicants normally will be required to achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University. This test must include a writing component.

Simon Fraser University Graduate Programs accepts the following tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems)

Any equivalent test must include a writing component and all test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test.

The minimum graduate program admission requirements for test scores:

English Language Test Score
Internet-based TOEFL 93 with minimum of 20 in each category
Paper-based TOEFL 580 and TWE 5
IELTS (academic) overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

Some graduate programs may have higher requirements, as indicated in their section of the SFU Calendar.