Sport Science (Diploma)

Application Deadlines

Full-time Fall deadline: May 1

Full-time Winter deadline: Oct 1

New Westminster
Learning Format


If you want an active career with numerous career pathways, start with a Diploma in Sport Science. You'll gain an expert understanding of exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor learning, sport psychology and more. 

This interdisciplinary program provides flexibility in career direction, with options to specialize in kinesiology or health and recreation.

Gain practical experience during your studies

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate.

University transfer options 

If you’re interested in furthering your education, this credential transfers directly into the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas. Your credential may also transfer to sport science programs at other post-secondary institutions. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer.

The Sport Science Diploma is the first step toward a career in coaching, teaching, health and fitness, leisure and sport administration, or exercise science.  

This program is available to a limited number of international students. Please contact Douglas College International.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits 
  • 25% (15 credits) must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be university transferable (UT) and must be selected from a minimum of four subject areas. A university transferable course is defined as a course that transfers to one of the five Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Sport Science Diploma - Kinesiology Specialization:

60 credits meeting all of the following criteria:

Sport Science Diploma - Health and Recreation Specialization:

60 credits meeting all of the following criteria:

Sport Science Diploma - Interdisciplinary

60 credits meeting all of the following criteria:

  • 18-30 credits of university transfer Sport Science courses
  • 24-36 credits of university transfer non-Sport Science elective courses
  • 6 English credits (2 courses, with ENGL 1130 recommended as one of these)


  • Students are advised to align their non-SPSC elective courses with the post-secondary institution to which they plan to transfer (e.g., UBC Kinesiology requires 4 science elective courses from Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics).
  • Students need not be registered in the Sport Science program to qualify for the Diploma in Sport Science.

Admissions Requirements

The Sport Science department uses a preferential admission procedure. Admission to the Sport Science Diploma program is contingent upon:

  • Availability of seats; and
  • All of the admission requirements in either section A or B; and
  • All of the admission requirements of section C below; and
  • Applicant ranking as determined by a process of preferential admission evaluation. The preferential admission process will assign scores to:
    • Two professional references (notes 1, 2 below)
    • GPA

Following this review, applicants are ranked according to their total score. Applicants with the same total score will be offered seats based on their date of application.

A) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Secondary Applicants

  1. General College Admission Requirements; and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C," or approved substitution; and
  3. Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C," Pre-Calculus 11 with a minimum grade of "C," or approved equivalent; and
  4. Three grade 11 or 12 courses with a minimum grade of "C." (note 3)

B) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Post-secondary Applicants (Note: Students who have completed 12 or more university transferable credits will be considered as post-secondary applicants.)

  1. General College Admission Requirements and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C," or approved substitution; and
  3. Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C," Pre-Calculus 11 with a minimum grade of "C," or approved equivalent; and
  4. Minimum post-secondary GPA of 2.33 (minimum 12 credits).

C) All Applicants

  1. Two reference forms from coaches, PE teachers or community leaders verifying one season of sport experience and character reference. (note 1)


  1. A professional referee may include but is not limited to: a teacher, coach, employer, etc. Family members are not able to act as referees. Each referee's full name, contact information, and nature of relationship to applicant must be provided.
  2. Based on reference responses, the Sport Science Department may conduct interviews with all or chosen applicants.
  3. PE 11 or 12 or equivalent is an additional recommended course.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

A Diploma in Sport Science qualifies you for a variety of careers in sports, recreation and wellness. If you use the diploma to transfer into a related university degree program, many more career opportunities will be available to you.      The Sport Science Diploma allows you to transfer into the third year of a number of degree programs:      

Douglas College

  • Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (Option: Specialization in Kinesiology)

University of the Fraser Valley

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (Options: Exercise Science or Physical Education Pedagogy)

University of British Columbia

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (Options: Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology and Health Science; or Physical and Health Education)  

University of Victoria 

  • Bachelor of Education Specialist Elementary
  • Bachelor of Education Secondary with PE specialization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Health Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Simon Fraser University

  • Bachelor of Education (minor Physical Education)
  • Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology major or minor)*

*Students pursuing Kinesiology at SFU must meet specific math and science requirements. Students must ensure their elective course selection at Douglas meet SFU Kinesiology admission requirements. Please contact SFU for specific details.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


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Special academic requirements

Academic Standard (Effective for the Fall 2013 intake):
Note: To maintain status in the Sport Science Diploma Program students must meet the following criteria, monitored on an annual basis:

  1. maintain a GPA of 2.00; and
  2. full-time students must enroll in a minimum of 24 credits and pass 18 credits annually, or
  3. part-time students must pass 9 credits annually

Tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.