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Master of Science in Kinesiology

Kinesiology is an expanding field with strong job growth expected for the next decade. There will be a greater need for health care providers in occupational and physical therapy due to the growing and aging population of the nation — and there is a need for additional research on the health benefits of exercise and the need for physical fitness.

Take advantage of the expanding job market by earning your Master of Science in Kinesiology. Our rigorous program will make you a strong candidate in the health care job market.

A student in the MS in Kinesiology graduate program working with a child on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus

MS in Kinesiology Degree Concentrations

Exercise & Sport Science Concentration

In the Exercise & Sport Science concentration, you will learn advanced information about the physiological effects of exercise and sport performance. Take advantage of this preparation in a career where you work directly with clients or perform research.
Career opportunities include:
  • Corporate Health and Wellness Counseling
  • Clinical/Hospital-Based Wellness
  • Commercial Fitness Industry
  • Strength and Conditioning or Sport Coaching
  • Biomedical or Sport Science Research

Health Promotion & Wellness Concentration

The master’s degree with a Health Promotion and Wellness concentration equips you for a career focused on helping others manage their health through interaction and education. With your degree, you can choose to engage in management roles, or work directly on the front lines of the struggle to increase the health of our population.

Career opportunities include:

  • Non-Profit Organization Management
  • Corporate Health Management

Recreation & Sport Management Concentration

Earn your master’s degree with a Recreation and Sport Management concentration to gain managerial-level career opportunities in community recreation, venue management and athletic departments. We will supply you with the tools to market and promote sport activities, to be an advocate for community recreation, and to become a leader in the sports community.

Career opportunities include:

  • Public Recreation Management
  • Sport and Event Management
  • Athletic Department Management

Master's in Kinesiology Curriculum

Our Master of Science in Kinesiology requires 36 graduate credit hours. You have the option to pursue the thesis track or the non-thesis track.

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Kinesiology program, you should:

  • Meet the general application and admission requirements for the Graduate School.
  • Provide three letters of recommendations written by individuals who are familiar with your potential ability to do graduate work
    • In most instances these letters should be from undergraduate faculty or professionals in the field of kinesiology (e.g., health, recreation, exercise science, and sport management).

These admission criteria are not absolutes. The review process is holistic and all available information will be used to determine admissions. You may be asked to interview with a selection committee if they feel they need more information.

Tuition & Costs

Tuition and fees are based on your state residency and how many credit hours you take each semester. In the kinesiology graduate program, you will take 36 credit hours total, which is typically 9 hours each fall and spring.

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Financial Assistance

Many graduate students earn financial assistance by working on campus as a graduate assistant.

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Contact Us

For more information about the Master of Science in Kinesiology, contact Dr. Scott Fuller at