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“The professors created an environment that promoted critical thinking in the classroom. Acting more as mentors, the professors offer you guidance as you learn to sharpen your own skills within your chosen field of study.... The experience and wisdom I gained from this program has been monumental in my professional development.” - Kyle O’Toole, MS Kinesiology, '20

The purpose of the MS in Kinesiology at George Mason University is to provide students with an evidence-based approach to the study of Kinesiology in order to address the physical activity-related needs of Virginia and the nation. The program provides an advanced understanding of scientific evidence and research methods to address physical activity-related aspects of general well-being, chronic disease, and human performance. Our curriculum emphasizes an evidence-based approach and provides experiences in order to produce graduates who are movement and exercise specialists. Students learn how to become data scientists who collect, analyze, interpret and present data regarding human movement. Our students gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art technology located in the SMART Lab.

Graduates are able to work in private and government sectors which may be characterized as clinical, athletic, and military environments. Our graduates fill positions such as sport scientists, biomechanical and physiology researchers, clinical exercise physiologists, and directors of strength and conditioning.

What Are Some Benefits of the Master’s Program?

Applicants with an MS are more competitive when applying to selective doctoral programs and higher-paying jobs.
Students in the program get hands-on skills and experience through Mason’s state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing Lab, where they do practical work in biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport performance.

What Are Some Example Careers for Kinesiologists?

  • Sport Scientist
  • Human Performance Director
  • Biomechanics and Human Movement Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Research Assistants
  • Pursue a terminal degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science or Related Field