Graduate Programs

1. Due to COVID-19, the Department of Kinesiology is waiving the GRE requirement for admission for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021.

2. Fall 2020 admission deadline extended to July 1.




Graduate Presentations
Graduate student, Steven Macheck, defending his thesis (2018)


Dr. Maria Veri

Graduate Coordinator 

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.

  2. A minimum of 4.0 on the GRE writing component (for U.S. and International applicants) (ATTENTION: **Due to COVID-19, the Department of Kinesiology is waiving the GRE requirement for admission for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021** )

  3. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper); 213 (computer); 80 (internet) or 7.0 (IELTS).

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ** Fall 2020 Admission deadline extended to July 1 **

Application Process:


Prepare application materials in advance before starting the online Cal State Apply application. 

1. CV/Resume which includes your degree(s) and relevant work experience

2. Statement of purpose identifying the emphasis you wish to apply for, any specific areas of study within the emphasis, your personal and professional goals.

3. Test score report for the GRE and TOEFL (only required for international students)

4. Teaching credential (if applicable)

5.  Licenses (MD, OT, PT, etc., if applicable)

6.  2-3 letters of recommendation which describe the recommender’s opinion of your work ethic, desire to continue in the field of Kinesiology, and possible success in the program.  ​
7. Unofficial transcript(s)**

**You are required to upload .pdf copies of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended (including study abroad coursework, or community college coursework, even if this coursework appears as transfer credit on your degree transcript).  Full academic disclosure is required.  Photographs or screenshots of transcripts will be rejected An incomplete academic history will significantly delay review of your application.  The Division of Graduate Studies may request official transcripts from you at any point during the application review process.  If selected for admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Division of Graduate Studies in order to secure your offer of admission.



Submit an online application:

1. Complete the online application for graduate admission and upload your unofficial transcripts and application documents to the 'Program Materials' section of CAL STATE APPLY.

2. Create your account AND Complete your profile. 


  • Students who will study on a F1/J1 visa must select Non-Resident for U.S. Citizenship Status under your Extended Profile.

  • You will only see a list of programs that aligns with your academic degree objective.


Please be prepared to answer the following questions in the Cal Apply application:

  1. What is your undergraduate major?

  2. What emphasis area would you like to apply to (Exercise Physiology, Movement Science or Physical Activity: Social Scientific Perspective)?

  3. What is your intended research focus for this graduate program?

  4. Have you identified a faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work?

  5. What are your career goals after finishing the MS degree?

  6. Are you interested in a Graduate Teaching Assistantship?


Graduate Advising

Dr. Maria Veri

Graduate Coordinator

Wednesdays 1-2pm or by appt.

GYM 141