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Are you passionate about fitness, wellness and physical performance? Do you want to share that passion to help individuals create and maintain healthy lifestyles and habits? Earning a Kinesiology degree from the University of Central Missouri is the best step you can take toward a rewarding career making positive impacts on the lives of people within your community and throughout the nation.

Get moving with one of these exciting Kinesiology areas of study

  • Exercise science: Enjoy our student-focused program and courses that emphasize health and fitness through exercise. You’ll enjoy a balance of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.
  • Corporate fitness: Learn proven programs and strategic physical activities that allow you to become a trusted expert for motivating employees and improving their wellness.
  • Pre-athletic training: Get a solid foundation in athletic training through this Kinesiology degree option. You’ll prepare for UCM’s graduate program or another for the credentials and skills you need to get the career you want.
  • Pre-occupational therapy: Begin your journey to become an occupational therapist with UCM’s Kinesiology undergraduate program. Learn the foundational academic elements so that you can enter a graduate program and ultimately help future patients overcome congenital issues or regain functional abilities.
  • Pre-physical therapy: Kinesiology — the study of human movement — is a top pathway to graduate studies in physical therapy. Courses such as Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, Special Populations and Kinesiology Internship set the stage for success.
  • Sport performance: Master cutting-edge technology and tools to study sport performance, examining exercise, metabolism and body composition with our master’s degree in Kinesiology to advance your career.

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Amanda Wakeman, PT, DPT
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Morrow 144
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8881

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Nutrition, Kinesiology and Health


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95% job placement after graduation

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300 hours of internship experience

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Flexible courses and programs

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Small class sizes

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Cutting-edge labs

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Engaged student community

Find your Kinesiology future at UCM

When you study kinesiology at UCM, you’ll benefit from a world-class curriculum focused on experiential learning and career preparation:

  • Experienced faculty: Thanks to our small student-to-faculty ratio, both undergraduate and graduate students receive one-on-one academic support from our experienced faculty mentors. Our faculty bring a diverse range of expertise to each program, with degrees in biomechanics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation science and physical therapy. 
  • Kinesiology labs: What is kinesiology without state-of-the-art labs and technology? As a student in UCM’s Kinesiology programs, you’ll spend time in many exciting labs, including our Human Performance Lab, Biomechanics Lab and Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab. Master the technology used by professional kinesiologists every day.
  • Kinesiology accessibility: Whether you’re earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in one of our Kinesiology programs, you’ll have the freedom to create the course schedule that works for you — thanks to in-person, fully online and hybrid classes and programs.
  • Kinesiology community: When you earn a degree from one of our Kinesiology programs, you’ll join an active community of lifelong learners just like you. Make lasting connections in student-run organizations such as the Kinesiology Club and the Athletic Training Student Association.


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s Kinesiology programs?

As a kinesiologist, you can make a huge impact on nearly every aspect of society, from the economy and education to business and entertainment. Our Kinesiology programs will give you the laboratory and clinical experience you need to enter graduate school or a career with more confidence and expertise than most of your colleagues, helping you stand out from the crowd. Master the tools and resources to train athletes, help patients recover from surgery and improve the health and wellness of people of all ages.

A degree in Kinesiology can help prepare you for a career in:

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Fitness
  • Health and wellness
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition
  • Research




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