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Why Pursue a Kinesiology Master's Degree

Students can select from one of four specializations to tailor their area of study: Exercise Physiology, Motor Behavior, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Strength and Human Performance. Within each specialization, students can choose to complete either a thesis option (30 total semester credit hours) or non-thesis option (36 total semester credit hours).

The MS in Kinesiology degree at UTSA represents the only R1 graduate program in Kinesiology in south Texas. Moreover, as a Hispanic Serving Institute holding the Seal of Excelencia, UTSA is uniquely positioned to serve and meet the educational needs of its students and surrounding community. These distinguishing features make UTSA’s MS in Kinesiology a premier destination for students in the region to obtain an advanced degree in the field of Kinesiology.


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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

Please note for students interested in this field for the Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 term (using the 2021-22 Graduate Application), this program will be listed as MS in Health and Kinesiology.

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). Scores are currently waived for this program for the 2022-23 academic year.
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 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.
Apply using 2022-23 Graduate Application

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 a 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

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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