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We develop future leaders under the belief that physical activity helps individuals maximize their potential, improving communities and society.

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Description of Program

The Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to the development of future leaders in professions that maximize the potential of individuals and society through physical activity, exercise, and sport.

The department offers a Master of Science degree with a focus on exercise physiology that includes both a thesis and non-thesis track. The department also offers a five-year program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) designed for initial licensure to teach physical and health education.

In both programs, courses must be selected with the approval of the adviser in accordance with the professional goals of the student. Students applying to kinesiology are expected to have satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores and adequate undergraduate preparation including at least one course in a cognate area of the discipline.

Program goals are to help students:

  • Identify and describe important issues relevant to physical activity, and exercise and sport science.
  • Educate others about the relevance of physical activity, exercise and sport to individuals and to society.
  • Develop and administrate safe, effective and scientifically based physical activity, exercise and sport programs that address individual, community and societal needs.
  • Enable students to evaluate the quality of information germane to the disciplines of physical activity, exercise and sport science.
  • Develop the skills needed to conduct quality research.
  • Conceive a cognate area of study within the professional field in which they intend to work.
Degree Offered

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)


Exercise Physiology

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