Pursue your passion for sports, health and wellness and set your career in motion with a master's degree in kinesiology.

Why Earn a Master's in Kinesiology?

Kinesiology students explore the art and science of human movement, from dance and physical education to applied fitness studies, athletic training and exercise science.

Kinesiologists work closely with the human body and are dedicated to analyzing, understanding and attempting to heal or strengthen it.

Earning your master’s degree in kinesiology allows you to expand your professional opportunities in this growing and thriving industry.

Why Study Kinesiology at CSUN?

Superior Facilities

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is a 138,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Since its opening in 2012, the SRC has been garnering awards for everything from its design to its energy efficiency. The Center of Achievement offers exercise programs to help individuals with physical disabilities.

A Learning Community

The department values and respects diversity, and its mission is to promote physical activity for personal expression and wellness throughout the lifespan. Students and faculty work together to study human movement and devise ways to improve the quality of life.

Hands-on Learning

Community programs play a large part in kinesiology’s curricula. Designed to balance academic study with real-world interactions, these programs put you in touch with those seeking healthier and more active lifestyles.

What You'll Learn

The M.S. in Kinesiology is designed for students who are interested in the study of the art and science of kinesiology pertaining to sociological, psychological, pedagogical, physiological and neuromechanical factors underlying the responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise and performance.

The core curriculum prepares students for studying the physiological, psychosocial and artistic aspects of physical activity and sport performance.

You can take elective courses in various areas, such as adapted physical activity, exercise science, dance, sport studies and pedagogy.

For a culminating experience, you'll choose either a thesis or a graduate project.


Careers & Outcomes

Below are sample job titles and some of the places our graduates work.

Job Titles

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sport Coach
  • Athletic Director
CSUN community members exercising in a large gym

Commit to be Fit

Commit to be Fit is a community exercise program led entirely by kinesiology students. In the program, CSUN’s students, faculty, staff and community members engage in fun fitness and nutrition activities.

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to CSUN as a master’s student, you will need to:

Learn more about applying for a master's program at CSUN.

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