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Why Pursue an MS in Kinesiology?

UTSA is home to the only MS program in Kinesiology in the San Antonio area. This degree is jointly administered by the Departments of Kinesiology and Public Health, offering a wide range of faculty research and knowledge. Join the forward-thinking, research-based program to prepare yourself for an enriching career.

Health Promotion Track

Students will learn about the essential elements of research and practice in health promotion and education including epidemiology, program planning and evaluation, and health behavior theory. These skills will prepare graduates to work in community health settings or pursue a future career as a public health researcher.

Kinesiology Track

This track provides advanced training to students who are interested in kinesiology-related research, careers in therapeutic professions and wellness/fitness, and careers as future leaders in physical education and coaching. Students will receive training in exercise science topics such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, cardiovascular fitness, exercise nutrition and motor control and learning.

Faculty Research

Dive into a vigorous research-focused curriculum aimed at providing students the experiential education that will take them to the next level in their career journey. All students take coursework in research methodology and statistical analysis. Research Laboratory includes:

  • Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory
  • Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
  • Developmental Motor Cognition Laboratory
  • Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory
  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Motor Learning/Control Study Laboratory

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Kinesiology (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Kinesiology (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 1 November 15 May 1

Funding Opportunities

GA applications, as well as the general listing of scholarships on the graduate school website. For information about departmental scholarships, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus. Most graduate classes are offered from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM; some classes offered online.

Graduate Advisor of Record

William Land, PhD

(210) 458-7855

william.land@utsa.edu