Welcome to the Kinesiology Graduate Program

The Department of Kinesiology offers the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. The broad mission of the degree program is to assist students in developing conceptual and theoretical understandings and to obtain knowledge and skills which will prepare them as research/scholars, practitioners, or administrators in their respective areas. The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is a 30 credit program that can be typically completed in 3 or 4 semesters. Within the Kinesiology program, students may select coursework to address interests in:

A Master of Science degree in Kinesiology can lead to a wide variety of career choices such as cardiac rehabilitation; corporate, public, and private health and fitness training; university or public school teaching/coaching; research; strength and conditioning; personal training; and sport psychology. Many graduates complete certification requirements through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Aerobics and Fitness Trainer's Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and USA Weightlifting.


Courses are taught by faculty members who hold degrees earned from universities across the United States and who are actively engaged in scholarship activities such as writing books and book chapters, conducting research, and making scholarly presentations at professional conferences. Many of the faculty members hold certifications from professional organizations and associations.

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Visitors are welcome. If you have questions, call the Department of Kinesiology office at 309-298-1981, e-mail Campus tours can be arranged by contacting the School of Graduate Studies at 1 (309) 298-1806.


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Spring 2011 Graduates


The Master's Degree program at WIU begins with a rich complement of classroom experiences designed to provide you with an understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical application in order to prepare you for a variety of careers in the field. Students many choose a thesis, graduate project, or internship option for completing the degree. If interested, you will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty in a research projects which can result in the presentations of the results at regional and/or national conferences.