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Department of Kinesiology

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Graduate Program in Kinesiology

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to increase the students' breadth and depth of knowledge relative to the discipline of Kinesiology; provide the opportunity for students to engage in scholarly activity that includes creative and analytical thinking, interpreting, evaluating and reporting published research, designing and conducting research; and to provide a focus of study that will enhance career commitment and allow for experiences that will lead to continued self development and growth.

For students with an undergraduate major in Kinesiology, admission to the MS program as a classified graduate student requires:

  • An overall GPA of 2.8, or 3.0 in the last 60 semester units; and
  • Undergraduate statistics course

The Kinesiology Graduate Program only has Fall Semester admissions into the program. For details regarding application deadlines, please see the Graduate Studies website for dates.

All prospective graduate students, including CSUS graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, 6000 J Street, River Front Center 215, Sacramento, CA 95819-6112; Phone: (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admissions
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State
  • letter of intent (Indicate who you want as your advisor)

After your online application is processed, you will be sent a link for you to upload your resume. In addition, you will be required to submit three letters of recommendation. You can request letters electronically through this link as well. All materials must be submitted electronically through Cal State Apply (Graduate Studies Web Page) www.calstate.edu/apply/  No paper materials should be sent to the department office. Review of applicants will begin after the application deadline.

Students applying for admission to the Kinesiology graduate program who do not have a degree in Kinesiology are required to take a minimum of 20 specified units in Kinesiology. For a list of prerequisites to both concentrations see below.

  • Movement Studies: 18 units to include KINS 120, Specificity of Conditioning; KINS 134, History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport; KINS 137, Sociology of Sport; KINS 138, Teaching Strategies in Physical Education; KINS 158, Motor Learning; and KINS 160, Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Exercise Science Concentration / Strength and Conditioning : 20 units to include BIO 22, Anatomy; BIO 131, Systemic Physiology; KINS 151A, Biomechanics; KINS 152, Exercise Physiology; and KINS 158, Motor Learning.