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The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) program at Mount Royal University. For fast responses to questions about admission requirements, registration and financial aid, visit Ask a Question.


Mount Royal University's Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree

  1. What does the BHPE degree offer?
  2. When does the BHPE degree start? When can I apply?
  3. What specific courses are required for admission into the BHPE degree?
  4. Will the BHPE degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue
    graduate studies?
  5. How does the BHPE degree compare to Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Physical Education programs offered at other universities?
  6. Where do I find out more about applying to the BHPE degree?
  7. What are the admission requirements for the BHPE degree?
  8. Do I need to know what major I want to take before I apply to the BHPE degree?
  9. What will the BHPE degree cost?
  10. Are scholarships and financial aid available?
  11. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Mount Royal University's Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) degree

1. What does the BHPE degree offer?

The BHPE degree prepares graduates for employment within the health, fitness, sport and recreation sectors; ecotourism and outdoor leadership; or for further education in graduate or professional programs - including teaching, physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, pharmacy and dentistry. The degree includes a General Education component to ensure breadth of study within four majors:

Athletic Therapy Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Physical Literacy Sport and Recreation Management

Graduates will be prepared to contribute to Canada's healthcare system as Athletic Therapists in a variety of sport medicine, professional and private settings.

Career Examples:
Athletic Therapist. Graduates may also pursue careers or subsequent studies in physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry or kinesiology.

Graduates will have skills and knowledge in tourism, business, sociocultural heritage and outdoor leadership that will allow them to contribute to the tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

Career Examples:
Wilderness guide, consultant, parks employee, tourism professional, teacher, outdoor facility manager or adventure therapists.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to connect physical activity and healthy lifestyles through educating, facilitating and promoting at the community and recreation levels.

Career Examples:
Teacher, recreation programmer, coach, fitness trainer/director or health educator.

Graduates will have skills and knowledge in recreation programming, community development, and management of sport, recreation and athletic facilities.

Career Examples:
Recreation facility manager, fitness director, community development facilitator, sport and recreation marketing, professional or sport consultant.

This BHPE degree allows students to earn an undergraduate degree from Mount Royal and have the option to continue their studies in a graduate or professional school.

To apply for Mount Royal University BHPE program, visit Admission.

2. When does the BHPE degree start? When can I apply?

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree begins in the Fall Semester (September). Applications open October 1 for the following year..

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

3. What specific courses are required for admission into the BHPE degree

The BHPE degree requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts 30-1 60%
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 50%
Biology 30 50%

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

4. Will the BHPE degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I choose to pursue graduate studies?

Yes. As a member of the Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. In addition, the BHPE has been developed to align each major with similar programs across the country.

Specifically, the majors in Athletic Therapy and Physical Literacy meet the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Council of Undergraduate Physical Education & Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). The Athletic Therapy major meets the CCUPEKA Kinesiology standards, while the Physical Literacy major meets the CCUPEKA Physical Education standards. The CCUPEKA standards enable graduates to pursue graduate studies in the kinesiology and physical education domains.

The majors in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and Sport and Recreation Management have been developed in consultation with the other Canadian universities providing degrees in these areas to ensure graduates have the same opportunities for graduate or professional school as other equivalent programs.

5. How does the BHPE degree compare to Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Physical Education programs offered at other universities?

Across Canada you will find various academic degrees that have majors in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation, Tourism and Outdoor Education. Often these degrees offer further specialization in areas such as biomechanics, sport psychology or pedagogy of physical education. Some common names of these degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE)

Mount Royal University's BHPE has been created so that each of the majors align with similar majors at other universities. In the two majors where there is a national accreditation process, we have designed them to meet all accreditation requirements (Athletic Therapy meets the Kinesiology accreditation of CCUPEKA as well as the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) accreditation requirements, while Physical Literacy meets the Physical Education accreditation requirements of CCUPEKA).

The major difference between the terms kinesiology, physical education and health and physical education are the following:

  • Kinesiology - is defined as the scientific study of human movement.
  • Physical Education - refers to the study of how activity and health are taught to others (both in teaching and other environments).
  • Health and Physical Education - we believe this best reflects the increased emphasis on how health is connected to physical activity as all four majors focus on how physical activity throughout life provides positive health benefits.

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6. Where do I find out more about applying to the BHPE degree?

Learn more about the BHPE degree and admission criteria at Admission.

7. What are the admission requirements for the BHPE degree?

The BHPE degree requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts 30-1 - 60%
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
Biology 30

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

8. Do I need to know what major I want to take before I apply to the BHPE degree?

Yes. You may apply to one of the four majors in your initial application.

The four majors are:

9. What will the BHPE degree cost?

Cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies can be found on the Money Matters section of our website.

10. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.

11. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Yes, living in residence at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by the appropriate deadline.

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