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You may apply to the MS Kinesiology Program at graduateschool-apply.uwm.edu.

Guide to the Application Process

Pay For School

Tuition rates

For detailed and up-to-date tuition rates, visit the UWM Bursar Office website.

The MS Kinesiology Program is looking for dynamic graduate students to support in our Master’s Degree Program. There are a number of opportunities for financial assistance during your graduate work.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistants support delivery of undergraduate curriculum at UWM. Appointments begin in mid/late-August and are for one academic year (9 months), renewable and dependent on funding. These part-time graduate assistantship positions provide a modest stipend and an excellent experience working closely with faculty.

Learn more about teaching assistantships at UWM.

Research or Project Assistantships

Research assistantships (RA) or project assistantships (PA) may be available pending individual faculty funding cycles. Only students admitted to Health Sciences Graduate Programs will be considered for a RA or PA appointment.

Please contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more information about available RA or PA positions.

Learn more about research assistantships at UWM.

Important Notes

Applications for the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF), Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF), and Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship will be due to the Department (gradkin@uwm.edu) by 4:30 pm on Friday January 8th, 2016.


To be considered for any of the above teaching assistantships, fellowships or awards, you must complete the Kinesiology Graduate Assistantship Application and return it by January 15 to:

Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP)
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-3369
cobbsc@uwm.edu

Kinesiology CGSA Student Eligibility
  • Graduate students are newly-admitted or continuing students
  • GRE verbal scores over 150 and quantitative scores over 150
  • GPA above 3.0 or “good standing” if continuing graduate student
  • Meets all admission criteria for the program; not eligible if admitted on probation
  • Student commits to completing a master’s thesis
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits/semester
If re-applying for a CGSA

Prior to award renewal, student/faculty advisor must submit the following to the RGPC for review:

  • Updated student CV
  • Updated transcript (to determine required credit load and good standing)
  • Updated timeline demonstrating progress on/completion of identified goals, projects, etc.
  • Any tangible outcomes resulting from the award, for example IRB protocol approval, abstract acceptance, grant proposal, etc.

Other Financial Support

Contact Us

For specific questions about the MS Kinesiology Program, please contact
Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Graduate Program Coordinator
(414) 229-4242 • gradkin@uwm.edu

The Master of Science in Kinesiology provides a comprehensive study of the varied aspects of human movement. Movement across the lifespan is observed and studied from mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociocultural, behavioral, instructional, and professional points of view.

The MS Kinesiology Program will provide you with tangible competencies, including the ability to:

  • Address complex real-world health and performance issues
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to generate knowledge
  • Make sound decisions to support continued personal and professional development

Students in the MS in Kinesiology Program may specialize in three areas of concentration:

  1. Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
  2. Integrative Human Performance
  3. Neuromechanics

Why choose us?

  • The MS Kinesiology is an individualized program with a focus on strong mentorship.
  • You’ll work very closely with faculty and staff on research and educational projects to enhance your learning and skills.
  • You’ll benefit from our integrated educational focus that combines multiple kinesiology sub-disciplines, and become a professional with a strong knowledge base and skill set.
  • You’ll work closely with mentors to develop individualized programs of study that are uniquely tailored to your career and educational goals.
  • This research-centered degree puts a strong focus on learning the process of research and incorporating evidence into professional practice. We believe that research informs practice and practice informs research.
  • The Department of Kinesiology includes both clinical and research-focused programs.

Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease

Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease

Area Description

  • Prepares outstanding students and professionals for careers in physical activity/exercise promotion, exercise sciences, healthy weight management, and related academic and professional outlets.
  • The individualized interdisciplinary program promotes understanding the interrelationships among psychosocial, behavioral, and biological processes linking exercise and nutrition to health promotion, and disease prevention and treatment across the lifespan.
  • Faculty expertise in exercise physiology, physical activity and public health, nutrition, body image, obesity and weight management, and health sociology and psychology provides for a unique integration of multi-disciplinary classroom, research and practical experiences to prepare future health professionals.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Workplace wellness, health promotion, weight management programs
  • Physical activity and public health specialist
  • Program development/interventionist for non-profit organizations, like YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
  • Sales and development of medical equipment
  • Government

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent):

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology (with lab)
  • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
  • Psychological or sociological aspects of human behavior (or equivalent)
  • Introduction to nutrition or eating behavior

General Program of Study

Core Coursework (9-12 credits)

  • KIN 702: Statistical Analysis
  • KIN 702: 703 Survey of Research in the Human Movement Sciences or equivalent Research Methods course
  • Thesis OR Capstone Project

Primary Focus Area Coursework (9 credits)

  • KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors
  • KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Programs of Study

Career Goal: Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Career Goal: Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 590Obesity & Weight Management3
KIN 733Advanced Physiological Assessment3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course3
KIN 732Physical Activity Epidemiology3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Program Planning and Implementation3
KIN 830Adaptations to Physiological Stress3
Elective3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Sports Nutrition3
KIN 890Research Project6

Career Goal: Weight Management Specialist
Career Goal: Weight Management Specialist
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 573Body Image Influences and Health Related Implications3
KIN 590Obesity & Weight Management3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or Equivalent Research Methods course3
KIN 732Physical Activity Epidemiology3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 733Advanced Physiological Assessment3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation)3
Elective (Advanced BI)3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective3
KIN 890Research Project6

Career Goal: PhD in Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Physiology
Career Goal: PhD in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology Concentration
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 590Obesity & Weight Management mgmt3
KIN 733Advanced Physiological Assesssment3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods Course3
KIN 732Physical Activity Epidemiology3

Summer Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 798Independent Project3
KIN 895Research and Thesis3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Program Planning and Implementation3
KIN 830Adaptations to Physiological Stress3
Elective 3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Sports Nutrition3
KIN 895Research and Thesis3

Career Goal: PhD in Kinesioloy, Concentration in Weight Studies
Career Goal: PhD in Kinesiology, Weight Studies Concentration
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 573Body Image Influences and Health-Related Implications3
KIN 590Obesity & Weight Management3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course3
KIN 732Physical Activity Epidemiology3

Summer Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 798Independent Project3
KIN 895Research and Thesis3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 733Advanced Physiological Assessment3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation)3
Elective (Advanced BI)3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSYCH 555Health Psychology3
KIN 895Research and Thesis3

Integrative Human Performance

Integrative Human Performance

Area Description

  • Designed for students who appreciate the complexity of human performance across the continuums of task, age, ability, injury and function.
  • Incorporates the values from discipline-specific specialization into a program of study creating cross-disciplinary connections, as well as integration of knowledge and skills into research and/or practical application focused on modifying and improving individual or group performance.
  • Links courses in preventive and rehabilitative biomechanics, exercise physiology and sport psychology through an integrative problem-based approach, research opportunities and experiential learning.
  • Rich multi-disciplinary basis is guided by the expertise from 4 research laboratories: Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence, Injury Biomechanics & Rehabilitation, Human Performance & Sport Physiology and Functional Neuromotor Research.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Certified sport psychology consultant
  • High performance director for sport camp or sport organization
  • Performance specialist for sport, organization or business

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent):

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology (with lab)
  • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
  • Sport &/or exercise psychology

General Program of Study

Core Coursework (9-12 credits)

  • KIN 702: Statistical Analysis
  • KIN 702: 703 Survey of Research in the Human Movement Sciences or equivalent Research Methods course
  • Thesis OR Capstone Project

Primary Focus Area Coursework (9 credits)

  • KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury
  • KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Programs of Study

Career Goal: High Performance Director for a University Athletics Department or Sport Organization
Career Goal: High Performance Director for a University Athletics Department or Sport Organization
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 550Psychological Aspects of Human Movement3
COUNS 714Essentials of Counseling Practice3

UWinteriM I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BUSMGMT 715Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 521Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 850Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Problem Based Learning class3
KIN 799Independent Research3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Problem Based Learning class (optional)3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course3
KIN 890Research Project3

Career Goal: PhD Program
Career Goal: PhD Program
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 530Advance Exercise Physiology3
KIN 550Psychological Aspects of Human Movement3
Elective (KIN 590 Problem Based Learning class)3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 521Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course3
Elective (KIN 850 Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity)3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 895Research and Thesis3
Elective3
Elective3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 895Research and Thesis3
Elective3

Neuromechanics

Neuromechanics

Area Description

  • Designed for students with an interest in the study of the interaction of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system to produce coordinated movement.
  • Emphasis is placed on the areas of study including musculoskeletal injury biomechanics and neuromotor control.
  • Research intensive and prepares students for research careers, as well as positions in athletic, clinical, and industrial settings.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Laboratory research assistant in an academic, clinical or corporate setting

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent):

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology (with lab)
  • Biomechanics or physics
  • Motor behavior or a psychology course including human movement

General Program of Study

Core Coursework (9-12 credits)

  • KIN 702: Statistical Analysis
  • KIN 702: 703 Survey of Research in the Human Movement Sciences or equivalent Research Methods course
  • Thesis OR Capstone Project

Primary Focus Area Coursework (9 credits)

  • KIN 520: Introduction to Neuromechanics Research Methods
  • KIN 561: Neuromechanics of Goal-Directed Voluntary Movement
  • KIN 590: Neural Control Movement

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Program of Study

Example Program of Study
Fall Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 520Introduction to Neuromechanics Research Methods3
KIN 561Neuromechanics of Goal-Directed Voluntary Movement3
Elective3

Spring Year I

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Neural control of movement3
KIN 702Statistical Analysis3
KIN 705Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course3

Fall Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 590Neurophysiology of Human Movement3
KIN 720Biomechanics research methods3
KIN 895Research and Thesis3

Spring Year II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
KIN 521Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 895Research and Thesis6
Elective3

Admission

Admission

The MS Kinesiology Program welcomes students from other academic areas at UW-Milwaukee, as well as students transferring to UWM from other institutions.

To apply to the UWM Graduate School for graduate studies in kinesiology, you must first meet the admission requirements of the UWM Graduate School.

  • Fall Application deadline: January 15th
  • Spring Application deadline: November 1st

In addition to UWM Graduate School requirements, those applying into the MS Kinesiology Program must meet the following minimum departmental requirements:

  • GRE scores (Target minimum scores are 50th percentile in verbal/quantitative sections.)
  • Undergraduate grade point average (minimum of 2.75 on 4.0 scale)
  • Narrative Statement
  • Appropriate coursework history
  • Two letters of recommendation

If you are considering UWM for Graduate School, please consult the MS Kinesiology program coordinator as early as possible.

Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP)
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-3369
cobbsc@uwm.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

For information regarding the graduate curriculum and for course descriptions, see UWM’s Graduate School website.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Kinesiology Graduate Student Association

Enriches the experience of its students by supporting opportunities for academic advancement and encouraging the application of knowledge and skills to improve the awareness of sport and exercise principles throughout UWM and its surrounding communities.

Contact

Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator
(414) 229-3369
cobbsc@uwm.edu

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my choices for primary area of study and secondary area of study?

You may select one of the following for you primary area of study:

  • Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Integrative Human Performance
  • Neuromechanics

When are applications to the program due?

  • Fall applications are due January 15th
  • Spring applications are due November 1st

When are Funding Applications due?

  • January 15th

What pre-requisite courses are required for admittance into the program?

Please see the Graduate School’s website for a complete list.

What information do I need to send to the Graduate School and what information do I need to send to the Department of Kinesiology?

Please see the Guide to the MS Kinesiology Application Process

What is the difference between a teaching assistant (TA), a research assistant (RA) and a project assistant (PA)?

Please see Assistantships Overview

What is the difference between the thesis option and the comprehensive exam option to complete the MS Kinesiology degree?

Both MS Kinesiology degree options must complete 33 credits to graduate. Thesis students focus their final year on completion of a thesis project, while capstone project students focus on developing their skills to become better consumers of research literature. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to an internship, a proposal for an exercise program, a proposal for a hospital program, a review of literature on a clinical question that results in a clinical recommendation, systematic review, policy statement, or a small scale/pilot research project.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff