Kinesiology Master's Degree Program


Master's Degree Program

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Study human movement and its effect on health

If you thrive on sharing your enthusiasm for health and physical activity with others, consider focusing that energy on a master’s in kinesiology.

The Oregon State master’s degree in kinesiology incorporates the sciences — including anatomy, physiology, sociology and psychology — when looking at the effect of movement on the body.

Estimated costs

The Kinesiology MS program is a 45-credit program that can be completed within 2 years on a full-time credit load (except for summer). The estimated costs for the program are broken down as follows:

Resident cost per year


Resident Tuition ($13,446)
+ Fees ($2,349)

Non-resident cost per year


Non-resident Tuition ($29,349)
+ Fees ($2,349)

Tuition and fees estimates were calculated using the 23-24 academic year tuition and fees tables in combination with the tuition calculator. Please note, tuition and fees can change for the 24-25 academic year.

Your experience pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology

Our master’s degree in kinesiology integrates acquiring knowledge relevant to your future professional goals with developing skills necessary to comprehend and critically evaluate research.

As a master's in kinesiology student, you will:

  • Be matched with a faculty advisor who will oversee your professional development.
  • Have access to a diverse faculty and graduate student cohort, providing  opportunity to network and collaborate on interdisciplinary research or outreach projects.
  • Develop the  communication skills necessary to become an effective kinesiology professional.

Concentration options within the kinesiology master’s degree

Although your chosen concentration determines the focus of your studies, we value the benefits of interdisciplinary learning and provide ample opportunity for you to collaborate with faculty and peers.

You can select one of the following concentrations:

Biophysical kinesiology

Includes subdisciplines such as biomechanics, exercise physiology and/or motor control.

Students in this concentration generally conduct their research in one the following laboratories: Biomechanics, Human Performance, Physical Activity and Public Health, Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory, or Sports Injury Prevention Research Group.

Psychosocial kinesiology

Includes subdisciplines such as motor development, sport and exercise psychology and/or sociology of sport.

Students in this concentration generally conduct their research in one the following laboratories: Children and Youth with Disabilities, Physical Activity and Public Health, Psychosocial Physical Activity (2PLAY), Social Mobility, or Sport and Exercise Psychology.

kinesiology graduate handbook

Detailed information about degree requirements and coursework.

Kinesiology graduate student handbook

MPH Competencies

What you'll learn as a master's of kinesiology student.

Learning competencies

Kinesiology faculty labs

How you'll apply your knowledge.

Kinesiology research

Add the adapted physical activity option

By pursuing the adapted physical activity option you’ll learn to respond to the motor and physical fitness needs of people with disabilities. This option is available to students in the kinesiology major and will appear on your transcript.

Learn more.

What can you do with a master’s in kinesiology?

Our graduates work in a variety of settings. You could land employment in settings such as hospitals, health departments, schools, or other entities with a passion for health and wellness. 

Sample careers with an MS in kinesiology:

  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Clinical manager
  • Research laboratory technician
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Wellness coach
Megan MacDonald, PhD

Megan MacDonald, PhD

“Kinesiology master’s degree students work closely with faculty and other MS and PhD students on research projects and coursework. In addition, KIN MS students work closely with their mentor to tailor their program of study, beyond KIN required courses, to exceed their unique graduate school goals.”

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For questions about the application process and requirements, contact COH graduate admissions.


For academic or professional information specific to the master’s degree in kinesiology program, please contact the program director John Schuna, PhD.