MS in Kinesiology

MS in Kinesiology

Apply by February 1st for priority review

Would you enjoy discovering answers to questions related to participation in physical activity, exercise, and sport? Are you interested in working with people to increase their quality of life through improved movement experiences?

East Carolina University's MS in kinesiology program provides students an optimal mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. The program offers a broad array of opportunities in the field of kinesiology. With seven concentration areas, students interested in enhancing health and wellness through physical activity can find the program that ideally suits their interests. Concentration areas are: adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical activity promotion, physical education pedagogy, sport and exercise psychology, and sport management.

Students will take part in important research in state-of-the art laboratories to study the impact of movement and physical activity on disease prevention and quality of life. Students examine the impact of programs to improve quality of movement and psychological factors on lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. Collaborations with schools, health departments, public health agencies, non-profit groups, and sport organizations provide students the opportunities to apply their knowledge to solve problems, learn in real world settings, and network with well-known professionals.

The MS degree in Kinesiology prepares students for a variety of careers in health/fitness and sport settings depending on the concentration in which they choose. Graduates have successfully gained employment in a variety of health/fitness careers ranging from corporate fitness, university settings, to cardiac rehabilitation programs. Others are employed in teaching and coaching while others have sought careers focused on the business side of sport. Graduates have also been successful in pursing advanced doctoral study or professional degree programs in allied health as well as employment in research labs.

MS in Kinesiology Concentrations

Please click on the following links to explore more about each concentration for the MS in Kinesiology.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into Master of Science in Kinesiology program a student must present the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by a regional association.
  • A grade point average of 2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) The Miller Analogy Test can be used when applying to the Physical Education Pedagogy Concentration only.
  • Students, whose first language is not English, must achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Students whose undergraduate preparation lacks essential prerequisite coursework or whose baccalaureate degree is in a non-related field may have additional requirements.

Acceptance is subject to availability of slots in the concentration to which the application is made. For priority review, we encourage application by February 1.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Students whose undergraduate preparation lacks essential prerequisite course work or whose baccalaureate degree is in a nonrelated field may have additional requirements. All degree candidates must pass the kinesiology comprehensive examination.

The basic curriculum plan for each option within the master of science in kinesiology program requires a minimum of 36 s.h.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships in the Department of Kinesiology are available on a competitive basis. A full-time graduate assistantship requires 20 hours per week and pays a minimum of $4500 per semester with some assignments paying higher amounts. In addition, summer session assistantships may also be available. Individuals interested in applying for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Kinesiology should complete an Application for Graduate Assistantship and submit it, along with a current Resume, via e-mail to to Ms. Sue-L Cohen at

The department funds graduate assistants to assist with achieving instructional, research, and service goals. Most of the department’s graduate assistantship funding supports instruction in department’s Lifetime Physical Activity and Fitness Program or laboratory sections of other undergraduate courses in Kinesiology. In addition, the Human Performance Laboratory typically has several research assistantships available each year. Positions related to other research and service programs are also available, but on a more limited basis. Prospective graduate students should inquire with the Graduate Program Director, individual faculty members, or laboratory directors, to learn more about opportunities related research and service.

Students enrolled in academic programs in Kinesiology have also been successful in acquiring graduate assistantships through other sources such as Campus Recreation and Wellness as well as the Athletic Department.

Delivery Methods

Although some classes are offered online, this program is only offered in an on-campus, Face to Face format.