Master's Degree Programs

The Department of Kinesiology offers three master’s degree programs that are structured around a broad science-based curriculum:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) with Thesis (minimum of 30 credit hours);
  • Master of Science (M.S.) with Report (minimum of 33 credit hours);
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) without Thesis or Report (minimum of 36 credit hours)

Each program includes coursework that covers a variety of topics such as cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neuromuscular, and endocrine physiology involved in both acute and chronic exercises.

Students can choose to pursue an M.S. which focuses more on research with either a thesis or report. Those who wish to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in exercise physiology are encouraged to take this route.

An M.S. with thesis provides a research-oriented option to students wishing to make an original contribution to research in the field of exercise physiology. A master’s thesis should be the result of an independent work that represents original research and critical analysis. Students pursuing an M.S. with report must complete a suitable technical project that culminates in a professional-level written report that includes a literature review.   

Alternatively, students can pursue an M.Ed. which focuses on coursework. This option prepares students for a career in exercise science. M.Ed. students will come out of the program ready to work in clinical fields that require expertise in exercise physiology.

    Each student will take a set of required courses and electives from within the department. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with their adviser to select supporting coursework from outside of the Kinesiology and Health Education Department.

    Students must ensure they can meet the prerequisite requirements for their degree before applying to the Exercise Physiology master’s program.

    Prerequisites, if needed, should be completed in the first semester of study if possible, and must be completed prior to graduation. Submit the prerequisite form to the graduate program coordinator by the end of the first semester.