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Master of Science in Kinesiology

Faculty working with Students: 4
Students: 11
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 72.73%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE Optional
  • TOEFL IBT = 80
  • IELTS Band 7

Degree Description:

The College of Education offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Kinesiology. Students are able to chose either a thesis option (typically for those pursuing a research degree and possibly a Ph.D. program or medical school) or a non-thesis option (typically for those seeking work as a practitioner in healthcare or coaching). The program is a full-time two year degree program.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The Kinesiology graduate program provides advanced education in human movement and foundational research skills that can be applied to its understanding. Students are trained to ask important questions, find the answers to those questions, and understand the broader implications of the question and answer. Students will leave our graduate program with an appreciation for the abilities of the human body and science in general.

Admission Requirements:

To apply please submit the following materials by the deadline date: Graduate School application, a supplemental departmental application found on, a written statement as outlined on the departmental application, three letters of reference and official transcripts.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Ability to think critically, evaluate, understand, apply, and communicate scientific research.
  2. Demonstrate advanced kinesiology knowledge in the chosen area of focus.
  3. Ability to understand and apply research principles.
  4. Awareness and understanding of how diversity issues, special and protected populations influence research and practice.
  5. Development of professional identity appropriate for future career plans.

Student Opportunities:

Work with faculty in such areas as research, evaluation, and measurement may include, for example, opportunities to:

  • Use state-of-the-art equipment to make scientific and medical discoveries,
  • Improve health and wellness in society through work with employer or community programs,
  • Have some influence on individuals through consultation on specific injury prevention or performance enhancement practices.

Other opportunities may include: internships in testing, research, or assessment with hospitals, research centers, and in industry.

Career Opportunities:

Technician positions in human research laboratories or in the human performance industry, management in health and wellness settings, and teaching positions.

Faculty Members:

Catena, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Balance and gait to reduce incidence of accident.

Connolly, Chris, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period. His recent work is interdisciplinary and has drawn from health communication and sports psychology theory to examine some of the factors which may impede or enable pregnant women’s leisure-time physical activity behavior.

Cox, Anne, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Understanding key determinants of youth physical activity behaviors,
How body image variables intersect with pubertal change to predict physical activity experiences and behaviors in older children and adolescents.

Ullrich-French, Sarah, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Interest in youth physical activity intersects with areas of social development, psychology, education, positive youth development, and health. Dr. Ullrich-French’s research addresses social context and motivational processes in youth physical, social, and psychological development. The first strand of her research involves examining physical activity motivational processes and behavioral outcomes in youth. The second strand of her research involves how physical contexts and interventions impact youth psychosocial, behavioral, and health outcomes. Current research activities address the measurement and application of movement-based mindfulness.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172