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Master's in Kinesiology


M.S. Program in Kinesiology

Masters degree students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as professionals in their chosen field. In addition, students are encouraged to learn research skills and complete a thesis in preparation for entry into a doctoral program. Students are offered a flexible personal program of study within the master's degree and are given tremendous opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research with MSU numerous degree-granting colleges.

Our Focus

The kinesiology master's degree program involves a disciplinary and interdisciplinary research focus on physical activity and sport across the lifespan with special emphasis on youth. With the variety of concentrations, faculty and doctoral students are currently studying several different aspects of pediatric kinesiology. Such topics include motor development in infants and young children, interventions to increase physical activity, cognitive functioning during preadolescence and the development of life skills through youth sport participation.

Big 10 Quality

As part of the Big Ten, Michigan State University as a world-renowned university offers a quality education. Big Ten institutions are ranked in the top 86 universities in the nation and leads all other conferences with the most Academic All-Americans. As a part of the college of education, Kinesiology is among several top-10 ranked programs in the nation, including four programs ranked #1 in the nation.

Application to the Kin M.S. program deadline is January 15
Ability to work with Doctoral Students and Faculty
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While earning a master's degree, students are able to work directly with doctoral students and faculty on research and applied work that directly relates to their own interests and careers. Numerous labs exist in the department of kinesiology where this collaboration occurs including the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports where students work with community partners to conduct research on the development of lifeskills through sport participation and the Sensorimotor Development Lab where faculty and doctoral students are studying how infants and children learn to interact with the surrounding environment.

This Program By the Numbers

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Strong Ties to Athletics

Many KIN master's students take advantage of opportunities for applied work with MSU athletic teams and Student-Athlete Support Services. As a part of the Big 10 conference, MSU athletics has national titles in several sports over the last 15 years including basketball, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. Students are able to work with athletes and teams gaining applied experience and becoming part of the MSU athletic environment.

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