Kinesiology - MS

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The MS degree is designed to provide an advanced course of study and prepare graduates for roles in the disciplines of exercise science such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, wellness programming, neural and motor control, and sports psychology.

What You Will Learn

Graduate studies in kinesiology allow students a more in-depth course of study within their discipline, combining advanced coursework with research and practical experience to prepare graduates for employment opportunities in their field. The MS degree also provides an excellent preparation for students pursuing admission into medical school, dental school, physical therapy, or other health professions.


Exercise Science:

This specialization provides a comprehensive background in the physical, biological, and mechanical sciences. It prepares students for professional applications or advanced study in exercise physiology and biomechanics.


At a Glance

College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Department: Kinesiology and Health Science Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Faculty: View profiles of faculty members on the department directory.

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Exercise Science Specialization

  • Advanced study in exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Fitness specialist
  • Fitness instructor
  • Coaching

Job Outlook



Melissa Johnson

KHS Graduate Coordinator
Office: HPER 122
Phone: (435) 797-1495

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Admission Requirements

It is preferred that applicants have an undergraduate background in an area related to their proposed field of graduate study. If, however, they have relevant experience or undergraduate coursework, their applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students applying for the sports medicine specialization must be a certified or certifiable athletic trainer.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application

International students have additional admissions requirements.


The department has the following application deadline for students wishing to receive assistantships:

  • Fall semester – March 1

The deadline for admission without funding is:

  • Fall semester – July 1

Plan Options

Students with an exercise science specialization can receive the MS by pursuing on of two options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.

Financial Aid

The department awards graduate assistantships each year for qualified graduate students to teach in the KHS physical activity program, selected undergraduate academic courses and laboratory sections, and work with faculty with ongoing research projects. The number of graduate assistant positions available are determined by the needs of the department, typically the department awards 15-20 assistantships. Most assistantships are awarded in the spring semester for the upcoming school year, with preference given to students who are able to fill the responsibilities for the whole year. Applicants are evaluated based on previous academic success, experience and/or ability to teach a variety of activity classes and/or research potential or background in the KHS discipline.

Additionally, the cost of living in Logan, Utah, is about 12% lower than the national average.

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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