School of Kinesiology - George Mason University

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)

Electives (Choose 18 credits from the following)

Note: Students may take up to six credits of coursework offered by other programs within the College or University with permission.