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University of Alberta
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

This degree focuses on the study of human movement as it relates to exercise science, athletic performance and promotion of long-term health outcomes. Students can select from the following majors: Adapted Physical Activity, Physical Activity and Health, or Sports Performance.

University of Alberta
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Recreation and Tourism

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

A liberal arts degree that allows students to include coursework from across the university while focusing on the application of recreation and sport in society. Students can choose to graduate with a minor in the following: Community Development, Sport and Recreation Management, or Tourism and Natural Environments.

University of Alberta
Graduate Certificate

Sport and Recreation Management Graduate Certificate

Online
Program Length: 2 Years

This certificate is aimed at enhancing professional management and leadership skills in the fields of recreation, sport and health. Students will gain sought-after skills and knowledge in finance, marketing, leadership in the public sector, facility management, event management, public relations and the latest trends in sport and recreation.

University of Alberta
Graduate Certificate

Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate

Blended - In Person & Online
Program Length: 9 Months

This certificate is designed to help working professionals gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous communities through sport and recreation, and aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively work and consult with Indigenous communities and organizations.

University of Alberta
Graduate Certificate

Adapted Physical Activity Graduate Certificate

Online
Program Length: 2 Years

The focus of this certificate is on using a disability-affirming approach to enhance professional practice and reflexive learning. Students will explore trauma-informed practice, learn to coach athletes experiencing disability, understand program evaluation and assessment, practice accessibility design and advance critical thinking skills.

University of Alberta
Graduate Certificate

Coaching Graduate Certificate

Online
Program Length: 2 Years

This program is designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in coaching. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to reflect and think critically about what it means to be an effective and ethical coach.

University of Calgary
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

Kinesiology is a multi-disciplinary science that includes study in the areas of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychomotor behaviour, and social and cultural factors.

University of Calgary
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology - Leadership and Coaching

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

Leadership and coaching examines the foundations for leadership in physical activity in a variety of settings such as recreation and coaching. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will include concepts to help others learn physical skills and activities that can be used in leisure and recreation, fitness and rehabilitation, competitive sports, and elite personal challenges.

University of Calgary
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science - Health and Exercise Physiology

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

Exercise and Health Physiology builds on the knowledge of human movement and function to focus on the impacts that lifestyle, exercise and diet have on the human body.

University of Calgary
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Design in City Innovation

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

This program offers a design-based framework for thinking about the world, its challenges, and to create inclusive and sustainable city-focused solutions.

University of Calgary
Graduate Degree

Master of Landscape Architecture

In Person
Program Length: 3 Years

This program is designed to engage with the critical sociocultural and ecological challenges of place-making, climate change and resilience

University of Calgary
Graduate Degree

Master of Planning

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This program teaches students the legal and institutional processes of planning, and prepares students with a depth of applicable knowledge for identifying and leveraging opportunities to make our cities and communities more sustainable, vibrant, healthy, equitable, and economically secure.

Mount Royal University
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Athletic Therapy

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

This program is designed to meet accreditation requirements of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, and ensures students learn the skills neccessary to focus on the prevention and care of injuries to contribute to individuals overall wellbeing.

Mount Royal University
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

This program explores the theoretical and practical applications of sustainable tourism, socio-cultural heritage, outdoor adventure programming and facilitation, entrepreneurship, leadership and communication.

Mount Royal University
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Physical Literacy

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

Physical literacy incorporates elements of physical activity and mental and social well-being while fostering the motivation and confidence to lead a healthy and active life.

Mount Royal University
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Sport and Recreation Management

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

This program provides a blend of classroom theory and real-world experience working with sports teams or in recreational facilities. Develop business insight that will prepare you to launch your own business venture or bring an entrepreneurial perspective to an organization.

Mount Royal University
Graduate Certificate

Athletic Therapy Post Bachelor’s Certificate

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This certificate is for those who have a degree in a related field such as kinesiology, physical education, sports medicine, exercise science or other related fields. The skills and knowledge you will acquire in this program will help expand your career and education options

Mount Royal University
Diploma

Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

Using current Canadian health and wellness techniques, learn how to conduct physical and lifestyle assessments and use training principles to create personalized fitness programs.

Olds College
Certificate

Arboriculture Certificate

In Person
Program Length: 4 Months

Led by industry trained instructors, this program will provide you the opportunity to explore the guiding principles of tree management.

Olds College
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science - Golf Course Management

Blended - In Person & Online
Program Length: 4 Years (2 years taking Turfgrass Management Diploma, then 2 Years Golf Course Management)

This program provides a focus on honing your skills and techniques needed for managing a golf course’s complex ecosystem.

Olds College
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science - Horticulture

Blended - In Person & Online
Program Length: 4 Years ( 2 years of a diploma program at Olds College, then 2 years of Horticulture Degree)

This program focuses on combining science and technology with business concepts that will enable you to have a successful career in horticulture or starting your own business. You’ll develop expertise in integrated pest management, research methods and sustainable site technologies.

Olds College
Diploma

Business Management Diploma - Sports Management

In Person
Program Length: 2 years

This program combines the administration of sport with the foundations of business to provide you with the skills to become leaders and planners in this ever-changing field.

Olds College
Certificate

Horticulture Technologist Certificate

In Person
Program Length: 2 years

This program will provide you with a deep understanding of horticulture, including the production and management of plants, pests, landscapes, soils and water systems to achieve productive and sustainable systems.

Olds College
Diploma

Turfgrass Management Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

During this program, you will collaborate with faculty experts while you study renovation, construction, irrigation, design and water management.

Red Deer Polytechnic
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies (University Transfer)

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years (2 years at RDC, 2 years at most universities)

Kinesiology is the scientific study of movement from a variety of perspectives. This program focuses on the promotion of health, the prevention and management of chronic disease, and the enhancement of human performance.

Red Deer Polytechnic
Diploma

Kinesiology and Sport Studies Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This diploma will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and instruct fitness classes, perform fitness testing, counsel individuals and groups about health and the connection to physical activity and, establish and operate fitness programs in clubs and within the community.

Red Deer Polytechnic
Certificate

Recreational Facility Management Certificate

Blended - In Person & Online
Program Length: 84 Hours

This program, in partnership with the Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel, delivers technical and management skills specific to the recreation industry to aspiring supervisors and managers, and those with less than five years of experience in a management role.

Red Deer Polytechnic
Certificate

Activity Coordinator Certificate

Online
Program Length: 6 weeks

This program will enable you to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in planning, supervising and implementing recreation and leisure programs specific for senior citizens.

University of Lethbridge
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

Kinesiology is the study of human movement through physical activity and the critical role it plays from both an individual and cultural perspective.

University of Lethbridge
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Physical Education

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education enables students to study and promote life-long physical activity involvement. As an Education major a student develops a strong knowledge base in the subject area they intend to teach.

University of Lethbridge
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

In Person or Online
Program Length: 4 Years

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that uses leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for individuals to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life. This program will prepare graduates to become certified therapeutic recreation specialists.

Medicine Hat College
Diploma

Sport and Event Marketing Management

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This diploma prepares students to enter the world of sports, arts and entertainment, and not-for-profits. Students will learn everything from the science of persuasion, e-sports, and experiential marketing to public relations, sponsorship, and management theory.

Medicine Hat College
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology (University Transfer)

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years (2 years at Medicine Hat College, then 2 years at most other Universities)

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and its impact on health, wellness, and athletic performance.

Northwestern Polytechnic
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Kinesiology (University Transfer)

In Person
Program Length: 4 Years (2 Years at Northwestern Polytechnic, 2 years at the University of Alberta)

Completion of Kinesiology programs makes graduates eligible for careers as educators or administrators in fitness centres, leisure centres, senior citizen/retirement complexes, colleges and universities, the private and business sector and provincial, national and international sport associations and events.

Northwestern Polytechnic
Diploma

Kinesiology Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This diploma prepares students for a variety of careers in sport, recreation, health, and wellness by providing a base of knowledge in areas of core competency in kinesiology as established by the Alberta Kinesiology Association.

Northwestern Polytechnic
Diploma

Personal Trainer Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This program gives students the hands-on experience and specialized personal trainer knowledge they need to become a certified personal trainer.

SAIT
Diploma

Fitness and Wellness Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 2 Years

This program is designed for those passionate about health and well-being. You will graduate with health and performance-related physical and physiological fitness certifications, opening up many career opportunities, including roles as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, program designer, wellness coach, youth program facilitator, fitness manager, and development coach.

NAIT
Diploma

Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma

In Person or Online
Program Length: 2 Years

This program provides a curriculum that covers both the hands-on practice of physical training and safe exercise and the knowledge of exercise science, nutrition, lifestyle counselling, marketing, business management and much more.

Grant Macewan
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Arts and Cultural Management

In Person or Online
Program Length: 4 Years (with the option to exit with a diploma after 2 years)

This program focuses on the unique and innovative settings inherent in arts and cultural organizations, with business and management courses adapted specifically for the sector by incorporating information on topics such as non-profit accounting practices, human resource management that includes boards and volunteers, and case studies that focus on non-profit management.

Grant Macewan
Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Physical Education (Transfer)

In Person
Program Length: 4 years (2 years at Grant Macewan, then 2 years at the University of Alberta)

This program will allow students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in topics such as health and well-being, physical activity, athletic performance and human movement.

Norquest College
Diploma

Therapeutic Recreation Diploma

In Person or Online
Program Length: 6 Terms

This program will prepare students to work with a variety of clients in many different health-care settings. Students will gain knowledge and skills in program planning, client assessment, implementing individual and group activities, and working with a variety of different client populations.

Bow Valley College
Diploma

Esports Business Management Diploma

In Person
Program Length: 4 Terms

This program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the fast-paced, constantly evolving esports industry. Students will learn various skills, including competitive strategy, team management, and live production

Bow Valley College
Certificate

Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate

Online
Program Length: 2 Terms

This certificate is designed for those with work experience or education in health or human services looking to increase their employment opportunities. Recreation therapy aides support the efforts of recreation therapists in enhancing the quality of life for clients.

The Alberta Recreation & Parks Association would like to acknowledge the First Nations, the Métis, and all of the people across Alberta who share a history and a deep connection with this land. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.