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“For a budget-minded person looking for a comprehensive university located in the heart of the midwest, I chose Western. An excellent education, friendships, faculty who pushed me to think, and a love for how the human body works just happened to come with that.” – Brandon Moore, MS, 2008

Program Overview

The Department of Kinesiology, a charter member of the American Kinesiology Association, 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 researchers/scholars, practitioners, or administrators in their respective areas. Typically, a full-time student will complete the requirements for the degree in two years. Within the Kinesiology program, students may select to pursue in-depth study in the following areas: (1) exercise science, (2) wellness promotion and fitness management,  and (3) sport and exercise psychology.

Why Choose Kinesiology at WIU?

Graduates from the MS degree program in Kinesiology have obtained professional positions in both the private and public sectors in a variety of health-related settings. In addition, many of our graduates have elected to pursue further advanced degrees within the field of kinesiology. Some of the positions in which Kinesiology graduates are employed include the following:

  • Fitness director
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Corporate fitness
  • Wellness director
  • Sports psychologist
  • YMCA activity director
  • Coaching
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Teaching
  • Campus recreation
  • Personal training
  • Athletic training
  • Research assistant

Our Faculty

Courses in the Kinesiology department 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 book chapters and books, conducting research, and making scholarly presentations at professional conferences. Some of the faculty members hold certifications offered through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Extracurricular Activities

Many graduates complete certification requirements through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Aerobics and Fitness Trainer's Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Weightlifting.

Other Information

The Masters 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 may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis 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.

Some of our Graduates

Robert Santana

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  • Degrees Available
    • M.S.
  • Locations:
    • Macomb
  • Required GPA:
    • Cumulative: 3.0 or
    • Last 2 years: 3.20
  • Admission Requirements:
    • Transcripts
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Goals Statement
    • Resume
  • Interesting Facts: Fall 2013
    • Currently enrolled: 33
    • International: 4
    • Minority: 2
    • Male: 18
    • Female: 15
    • Students with Assistantships: 19
  • Department Contact Information

Brophy Hall 220C

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