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H & K Graduate Programs

Multiple Options of Study

The graduate programs in Health & Kinesiology emphasize research, scholarly activity, and practical application. Graduate training is supported by prominent faculty in specialized areas of expertise.

Education Founded in Research

Each MS thesis and PhD program includes a comprehensive research component to help prepare our graduates no matter where their professional interests take them. To make it easier, we've added research descriptions to each of these areas of study. Click on the below links to learn more about each program.

    Areas of Study

    A student interested in a MS degree can either pursue a non-thesis or thesis track. The non-thesis track is very practice/applied focused.

    Application Deadlines

    PhD Degree: January 15th

    MS Degree: January 30th

    We have one focus area in our non-thesis degree program

    First, our Health Education Specialist & Wellness Coaching non-thesis degree track prepares students to be a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) as well as a certified Wellness Coach.  Graduates of this program will sit for dual certifications and be prepared to excel in a variety of health and wellness work settings.

    MS Thesis and PhD

    The MS thesis track is research focused and suggested for those wishing to pursue a doctorate or a line of work that is laboratory or research focused.

    Our MS thesis and PhD tracks are aligned with our research themes. These include Physical Activity and Well-Being, Exercise and Disease, and Cognitive Motor Neuroscience.  Each theme area is comprised of a number of faculty.  Students will have a primary mentor but also have the opportunity to work with a number of supporting faculty.  This structure allows each student to be ideally supported throughout their time with us.  

    MS-thesis and PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and communicate with potential faculty mentors before submitting their applications. It is highly desirable that a match exists between the research interests of a faculty member and the applicant. Thus applicants are advised to do a bit of homework relative to faculty interests and soul searching related to their own interests.

    Please browse through the additional links provided to learn more about the various aspects of our graduate program, application procedures, application requirements, pre-requisite course requirements, and assistantship opportunities. The department offers funding to some students to teach or to do research. Applicants are encouraged to complete a teaching assistantship application form. Research assistantships are offered through individual faculty members with research grants. Inquiries about research assistantship opportunities should be made to individual members of the faculty who have research funding.

    Please note that the department only considers applications for admission into fall semester. Fall semester begins in August. 

    Contact Us

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Maria Newton, PhD


    Graduate Program Manager

    Andrea Moss

    Graduate Handbook