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Kinesiology, MS

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Do you have a passion for kinesiology and want to continue your education? The University of Central Missouri’s master’s degree in Kinesiology program will expand your knowledge as well as your career opportunities.

Our Master of Science in Kinesiology degree places a strong emphasis on sport performance. Let us help prepare you for such exciting roles as strength and conditioning coach, sports science research assistant or sports development trainer.

UCM’s master’s degree in Kinesiology with tremendous value

UCM’s Kinesiology degree program is rich in history. Over 40 years, we’ve grown a large alumni base who value their experience at UCM. Lower tuition costs, state-of-the-art facilities, personal interaction with faculty and quality, hands-on learning experiences make our Kinesiology degree stand out.

The convenient UCM Warrensburg campus and the proximity to many opportunities in Kansas City are an added draw. We also offer online courses for flexibility in earning your degree wherever you are. Discover the benefits of completing your Master of Science in Kinesiology degree at UCM.

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Capstone choice: internship or thesis

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Faculty advising and mentorship

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UCM Kinesiology Club for networking

What you will study

Following your achievement of an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or a related field of study, expect to complete your UCM Master of Science in Kinesiology degree in two years. During this time, you’ll gain expertise in movement analyses, exercise metabolism and body composition through integrated exercise physiology and biomechanics.

Kinesiology professors who care about your success

In small classes, you’ll interact with UCM faculty who hold doctoral degrees in areas including biomechanics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation science and physical therapy. Our diverse expertise translates to opportunities to learn from professionals in your field of interest. At UCM, we get to know our students well, which allows us to best assist you in academic advising and mentoring.

With the help of attentive professors, in-depth coursework and various hands-on experiences, you’ll be prepared for your capstone project. Choose a thesis or an internship for flexibility in completing a graduate degree in Kinesiology that helps you fulfill your academic and career goals.


Excellence in Kinesiology

  • A master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri offers significant value over other Missouri kinesiology programs. Consider our state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, our commitment to education and research and our personal attention — all provided at more affordable tuition rates — as you explore your options.
  • Named: Best Value Master’s Degree College for Exercise Science and Kinesiology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Master’s Degree Colleges for Exercise Science and Kinesiology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5.5%: Most Popular Master’s Degree Colleges for Exercise Science and Kinesiology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in kinesiology

Your career in kinesiology requires a hands-on approach, so the University of Central Missouri ensures our graduate degree in Kinesiology is hands-on, too. Prepare for the future, including career advancement opportunities, with lab- and field-based experiences and supportive resources:

  • Strategic partnerships: Take advantage of the Kinesiology department’s partnership with UCM Athletics for real-world experience as you work with NCAA athletes to enhance their performance in sports.
  • Internships: Get an inside look at your future career with an internship. UCM has placed Kinesiology degree students in respected hospitals, gyms, companies and other facilities in Warrensburg and throughout the Kansas City metro area.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: Learn to use the same modern equipment you’ll use on the job in UCM’s labs for human performance, biomechanics and clinical exercise physiology. Measure bone density with a DEXA scan or use a motion capture system to analyze body movement, for example.
  • Kinesiology Club: Meet students completing their degree in Kinesiology, both undergrad and graduate, when you join the UCM Kinesiology Club. Get career advice from guest speakers, participate in community service events or raise funds to attend conferences.
  • Academic conferences: Participate in national and regional research conferences for education and networking. You may even present your own research to gain traction in the field.


What can you do with a master's degree in Kinesiology from UCM?

Your Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of Central Missouri opens the door to many opportunities. Following graduation, you may pursue a career as a:

  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Research scientist (requires a Ph.D.)
  • Allied health professional
  • Wellness professional

You may also choose to use your graduate-level Kinesiology degree for original research or to continue your education. UCM faculty have helped students gain acceptance to many prominent doctoral programs across the country.

UCM resources to help you jumpstart your kinesiology career

As you apply for exciting positions, UCM’s Career Services Center is available to help develop your resume and prepare you for interviews. Get excited for your future when you use the interactive tool below to explore what’s ahead in your kinesiology career.




Financial assistance options for your Kinesiology master’s degree

A master’s degree in Kinesiology can boost your career opportunities and even your salary potential. The University of Central Missouri aims to help you enhance your future by offering high-quality education and research at tuition rates lower than most Missouri colleges and universities. 

We also provide various resources to help you fund your Kinesiology degree. These include:

  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Employment opportunities
  • Scholarships

Scholarships for master’s degree in Kinesiology students

UCM makes available scholarships for students of any degree program. You may also qualify for scholarships specific to your Kinesiology degree, including the Kinesiology Scholarship fund.

You can learn more about available scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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