Department of Kinesiology

Kinesiology Graduate Programs

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Kinesiology Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Traditional

The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MS-KIN) traditional program is designed to prepare knowledgeable and career-focused professionals for the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport management, and sport performance. Through the curriculum that is shown in the successive pages, as well as the collaborative group work and direct professional experiences, students will be equipped to integrate the current best research evidence with professional practice to solve problems for clients, patients, and businesses related to health care, sport, and the fitness industry.

The accelerated 12-month program offers flexibility, speed, and quality, which makes it ideal for working professionals and recent graduates with a four-year baccalaureate degree looking to advance in their career quickly. Graduates of the Master of Science in Kinesiology are well situated for careers in Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Fitness Professions, Athletic Training, Physical Education, Sport Management, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology, and Allied Healthcare. Founded on the Wesleyan tradition of valuing diverse perspectives, this program challenges students to demonstrate individual and contextual expression of ethics within a context of servant leadership.

Integrative Wellness

PLNU’s one-year, online MS-KIN in Integrative Wellness will prepare professionals who can improve health in the U.S. through interventions in behavior change, nutrition, and physical activity.

Corporate wellness program directors can facilitate health change at the workplace and ultimately save their companies money. Personal trainers and other fitness professionals can learn how to better lead their clients along personal journeys toward better health. Registered dietitians, RNs, and medical assistants can use the degree to deliver obesity interventions to patients. No matter how the degree is applied, it can become the vehicle that health and wellness professionals will use to apply evidence-based strategies that facilitate sustainable health behavior change that can lead to weight loss, healthy eating, regular physical activity, stress reduction, and overall improvements to health and wellbeing.

The integration of lifestyle medicine within healthcare systems is not just effective, but powerful and life-changing for individuals and society.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a 60-unit program consisting of two eight-week summer terms and four traditional 16-week terms.

This program will help you optimize your learning, career, and your impact on others as you develop skills in injury evaluation, functional rehabilitation, prescribing therapeutic modalities, and healthcare management. You’ll also gain the clinical proficiency necessary to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a certified athletic trainer at the end of your studies. Students enrolled in this program complete coursework in the areas of acute care and emergency management of injuries, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities and exercise, biomechanics, pharmacology and medical conditions, strength and conditioning, health care administration, psychological and spiritual aspects of injury and illness, and research methodology.

Our program consists of extensive clinical experiences designed to provide a multifaceted learning experience that will shape the student into sound clinicians who are service-oriented and focused on providing quality patient care.