Kinesiology is a multidimensional field that includes specialization areas in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, athletic training, and sports medicine.
Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.
The growing field of kinesiology is defined by the American Kinesiology Association as “the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life." One of the strengths of kinesiology is that is a multidimensional field including specialization areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, athletic training, and sports medicine. Individuals with an M.S. in Kinesiology would help to meet the current job demand. National and statewide initiatives of community well-being and injury prevention support the need for a M.S. in Kinesiology at George Mason University.
Graduates of Mason’s M.S. in KINE will have a variety of employment opportunities upon entering the workforce. Kinesiology can lead to a wide variety of career options--the American Kinesiology Association lists 29 careers on its website. Some focus areas include physical activity, epidemiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, and specialization in specific populations (e.g. older adults). Mason graduates will be well-positioned to participate in the upsurge of jobs in postsecondary settings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a much faster than average increase in postsecondary health specialties teachers at 26%, and 15% increase in postsecondary teachers overall from 2016 to 2026; Virginia projects a 25% and 18% rate in those professions, respectively. As kinesiology programs expand there will be a greater need for educators with doctoral degrees to serve in these areas. Many doctoral programs will require an M.S. in a related field for admission. Thus, the M.S. in KINE will be a logical step for those seeking a faculty appointment in a Kinesiology position.
Core Coursework (18 credits)
- KINE 600: Scientific Foundation of Applied Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
- KINE 601: Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credit hours)
- KINE 602: Movement and Fitness Assessment (3 credit hours)
- KINE 605: Research Methods for Applied Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
- KINE 615: Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
Electives (Choose 18 credits from the following)
- KINE 500: Special Topics (1 credit hour)
- KINE 501: Independent Study (1 credit hour)
- KINE 506: Exercise Psychology (3 credit hours)
- KINE 603: Advanced Applied Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
- KINE 604: Motor Learning and Control (3 credit hours)
- KINE 606: Advanced Exercise Nutrition (3 credit hours)
- KINE 607: Exercise Programming: Movement Selection and Progression (3 credit hours)
- KINE 608: Data Analytics in Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
- KINE 609: Advanced Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 credit hours)
- KINE 610: Corrective and Preventative Exercise Techniques (3 credit hours)
Note: Students may take up to six credits of coursework offered by other programs within the College or University with permission.