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Master of Kinesiology and Master of Science in Kinesiology Programs

About These Programs

The Master of Kinesiology (MK) and Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) programs are housed within the Department of Kinesiology.

The Master of Kinesiology (MK) is a 31-32 credit program that allows students the flexibility to design a plan of study that is designed to be practitioner-oriented. Students select 21 credits of elective coursework, including practicum and project to support their educational and career goals. Students who complete this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields including health, fitness, sport and educational settings.

The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) is a 31-32 credit program that allows students the flexibility to design a plan of study that is research-oriented. In addition to a research core, students select 15 credits of elective coursework, and thesis to support their goals. Students who complete this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields including research, medical settings, and private business, or they seek to continue their education at the doctoral level.

Careers in Kinesiology

What can you do with this degree? Graduates of our program work in a variety of professions and careers. Your own interests will greatly influence how you apply and engage with your graduate studies and this, in turn, will greatly influence the type of job that you seek out upon graduation.

The jobs that graduates find include:

  • coaching (youth, high school, college)
  • personal training, strength and conditioning
  • rehabilitation (cardiac, musculoskeletal)
  • research and development (e.g., biomechanics applied to equipment, clothing, footwear)
  • corporate fitness
  • community physical activity and health programs (e.g., YMCA, Parks and Rec)
  • teaching (physical education, sport instructor, fitness instructor)

Some students pursue graduate or professional school (e.g., doctorate, medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant).

The American Kinesiology Association provides a more extensive list of careers in kinesiology that would be useful to look at, too.

Explore Future Careers in Kinesiology

MK/MSK News

Thesis Proposal Announcements
Thesis Defense Announcements
Practicum/Internship Information
Kinesiology Outstanding Graduate Student Award
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