Graduate Programs

Students in the M.S. Kinesiology program apply multiple perspectives to problems related to exercise, fitness, motor skill and/or development in the contexts of activities of daily living, play, games, sport, and other forms of human physical activity. Graduates exit the program with strong theoretical and problem solving skills, experience in the evaluation of current research in the field, and knowledge in the field of kinesiology. They are able to apply these skills in a wide variety of careers as well as further graduate study.

The Master of Science in Kinesiology is 30 units and includes a core, an emphasis, electives, and a culminating experience. Students studying a specific emphasis, in consultation with their advisor, will select electives and a culminating experience that best meets their professional/personal needs. Final approval of the student's program rests with the graduate faculty. Students are expected to complete this degree in a maximum of 5 years.

Program Roadmap

Program Core Requirements (9 units)
KIN 710: Research in Kinesiology (3)
KIN 715: Research Designs and Analysis (3)
KIN 795: Seminar in Kinesiology (3)

Emphasis Area (15 units)
Exercise Physiology:

KIN 740: Advanced Exercise Metabolism (3)
KIN 742: Exercise and Cardiovascular Dynamics (3)
KIN 746: Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)
KIN 755: Exercise Electrocardiography, Testing and Prescription (3)
KIN 781: Muscle Mechanics (3)

Movement Science:
KIN 730: Advanced Biomechanics (3)
KIN 733: Motor Learning (3)
KIN 736: Advanced Neuromotor Control (3)
KIN 763: Motivation and Performance (3)
Elective upon Advisement (3)

Physical Activity: Social Science Perspectives:
KIN 734: Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth (3)
KIN 763: Motivation and Performance (3)
KIN 766: Sociocultural Bases of Physical Activity (3)
Elective upon Advisement (6)

Culminating Experience (6)
KIN 897: Independent Research in Kinesiology (3)

KIN 898: Master’s Thesis (3) OR KIN 895 Master’s Project in Kinesiology (3) 




  1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units is required for admission in the M.S. program.
  2. Official Transcript(s)
  3. A personal statement identifying the emphasis you wish to apply for, any specific areas of study within the emphasis, your personal and professional goals.
  4. You must include 1-3 letters of recommendation which describes the recommender’s opinion of your work ethic, desire to continue in the field of Kinesiology, and possible success in the program.
  5. A minimum of 4.0 on the GRE writing component (for U.S. and International applicants)
  6. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper); 213 (computer); 80 (internet) or 7.0 (IELTS).
  7. The following courses below must be met depending on the emphasis to which the student applies, and all prerequisite courses must be completed before applying to the M.S. program in Kinesiology. Consult with a graduate adviser to determine if additional courses are needed.
    • Exercise Physiology: A minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: human anatomy and human anatomy lab, human physiology and human physiology lab, exercise physiology and exercise physiology lab, and statistics.
    • Movement Science: A minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: human anatomy and human anatomy lab, human physiology and human physiology lab, biomechanics, motor learning and statistics.
    • Physical Activity: Social Scientific Perspective: A minimum grade of B in three of the following or equivalent courses: youth development, sport and exercise psychology, cultural and sociological perspectives of physical activity, motor learning or motor development.
  8. Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a credential program are also eligible and encouraged to apply.


Deadline and Application Process

Prospective students are encouraged to check out the Graduate School Guide.

Spring admission deadline:  November 1
Fall admission deadline:  May 1


Application Process:

1. Fill out the CSUmentor online application

2. Send your transcripts and GRE scores to Graduate Studies:

Division of Graduate Studies 
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

3. Send your Statement of Purpose and Letters of Recommendation to the Department of Kinesiology:

Graduate Program
Department of Kinesiology
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., GYM 101
San Francisco, CA 94132