Human Kinetics and Recreation

Bachelor of Physical Education

The bachelor of physical education degree is designed to prepare graduates for careers in teaching and related areas. 


Admission requirements

Students may apply for admission into the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation directly from high school by indicating their desired degree option in the appropriate place on the University Application for Admission/Readmission. The application and supporting documentation is required by the March 1 deadline.

Direct entry into the program from high school is competitive for a limited number of placements and is subject to the applicant meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a student’s acceptance into the program.

Applicants must have proof of completion of a current first aid and CPR course and must also complete a swim test as well as a two page personal autobiographical statement.


Sample courses

HKR 2004 - Enhancing Performance in Physical Activity
HKR 3320 - Introduction to Biomechanics
HKR 4220 - Physical Activities Course: Games and Activities


Career Opportunities

Possible careers include:

  • teacher
  • fitness/wellness management
  • outdoor leadership
  • athlete development
  • sports and recreation management
  • movement science
  • performance analyst
  • personal or athletic trainer

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.

Program Information

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall semester

Application Deadline:

March 1

Supplementary Application:



Tuition InformationWebsite


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