What is an Area of Study?

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is a 30 credit program that can be typically completed in 3 or 4 semesters. Within the Kinesiology program, students may select coursework to address interests in:

Sport and Exercise Psychology

How can a place kicker miss the go-ahead field goal? Why do some individuals struggle to start or adhere to an exercise program? How do Olympic athletes develop the concentration, confidence, control, and commitment to perform consistently at the world class level? If you are looking to learn more about the agony of defeat, joy of winning, being in the zone, or honing your competitive edge, then you have found the perfect track. By combining a love of sport with an interest in psychology, students learn performance enhancement techniques and put them to work guiding real-life performers on and off the court or in and out of the exercise studio.

Sport and Exercise Science

Students looking to advance their knowledge in the psychological principles of sport performance and exercise may opt to focus their directed electives in the area of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Coursework aligns with careers in which psychological techniques are used to enhance performance in a variety of sport and physical activity settings (i.e. sport psychology consultants, athletic trainers, sport coaches, personal trainers, etc.).

Strength and Conditioning

The Strength and Conditioning (S&C) track is ideal for those that are planning on pursuing careers in sport performance or personal training. By learning how to apply the concepts of exercise physiology to exercise selection and program design, you will become proficient at designing training for individuals from a broad range of sports and physical activities. Individuals who may find the S&C track most beneficial include those who aspire to become: college or professional S&C coaches, sport performance specialists, occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and wellness coaches.


Questions or Concerns?

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