Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) MS Kinesiology Program 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.

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

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

Why choose us?

  • You’ll work closely with mentors to develop individualized programs of study that are uniquely tailored to your educational and career goals.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Apply

To apply to the MS Kinesiology Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.

Guide to the application process (PDF)
Graduate student funding application (PDF)

Cost

Tuition

For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Graduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:

Mandatory/Segregated Fees

These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Additional Course Fees

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .

Aid

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 an 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/project assistantships at UWM .

UWM Fellowships & Awards

UWM & CHS Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .

Other Financial Support

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Concentration: Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease

Concentration: Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease

The Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease concentration 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. Our 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.


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

Faculty in this Area


Prerequisite Coursework

You 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 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
Fall Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management3
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
KIN 732: Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Program Planning and Implementation3
KIN 830: Adaptations to Physiological Stress3
Elective3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Sports Nutrition3
KIN 890: Research Project6

Career Goal: Weight Management Specialist
Fall Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 573: Body Image Influences and Health Related Implications3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
KIN 732: Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation)3
Elective (Advanced BI)3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
Elective3
KIN 890: Research Project6

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

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management3
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
KIN 732: Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan3


Summer Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 798: Independent Project3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Program Planning and Implementation3
KIN 830: Adaptations to Physiological Stress3
Elective3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Sports Nutrition3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3

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

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 573: Body Image Influences and Health Related Implications3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
KIN 732: Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan3


Summer Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 798: Independent Project3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation)3
Elective (Advanced BI)3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
PSYCH 555: Health Psychology3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3

Concentration: Integrative Human Performance

Concentration: Integrative Human Performance

The Integrative Human Performance concentration is designed for students who appreciate the complexity of human performance across the continuums of task, age, ability, injury and function. It 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. The program links courses in preventive and rehabilitative biomechanics, exercise physiology and sport psychology through an integrative problem-based approach, research opportunities and experiential learning.


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

Faculty in this Area


Prerequisite Coursework

You 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 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
Fall Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement3
COUNS 714: Essentials of Counseling Practice3


UWinteriM I

CourseCredits
BUSMGMT 715: Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 850: Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Problem Based Learning class3
KIN 799: Independent Research3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Problem Based Learning class (optional)3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
KIN 890: Research Project3

Career Goal: PhD Program
Fall Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement3
Elective (KIN 590 Problem Based Learning class)3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3
Elective (KIN 850 Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity)3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3
Elective3
Elective3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3
Elective3

Concentration: Neuromechanics

Concentration: Neuromechanics

The Neuromechanics concentration is 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 musculoskeletal injury, biomechanics and neuromotor control.


Possible Career Outcomes

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

Faculty in this Area

Prerequisite Coursework

You 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 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

Fall Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 520: Neuromechanics Research Methods3
KIN 561: Neuromechanics of Voluntary Movement3
Elective3


Spring Year I

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Neural Control of Movement3
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research OR
Equivalent Research Methods course
3


Fall Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 590: Neurophysiology of Human Movement3
KIN 720: Biomechanics Research Methods3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis3


Spring Year II

CourseCredits
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis6
Elective3

Admission

Admission

To apply to the MS Kinesiology Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School and meet the admission requirements .

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

Guide to the Application Process (PDF)


In addition to UWM Graduate School requirements, you must meet the following minimum departmental requirements:

  • GRE scores (Target minimum scores are 50th percentile in verbal/quantitative sections.)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA 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 director as early as possible.

Jinsung Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health Sciences
414-251-5834
wang34@uwm.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

For information regarding curriculum and course descriptions, visit the UWM Academic Catalog .

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

Jinsung Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
414-251-5834
wang34@uwm.edu


Volunteer Service

The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. There are opportunities to make a real difference 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 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 your 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 15
  • Spring applications are due November 1

When are Funding Applications due?

  • January 15

What information do I need to send to the UWM 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 (PDF).

What is the difference between a teaching assistant (TA), a research assistant (RA) and a project assistant (PA)?
Please visit the UWM Graduate School website for descriptions.

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 will focus your final year on completion of a thesis project, while capstone project students will focus on developing your 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