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Online M.S. in Kinesiology

Push yourself to the next level

Designed for those interested in the allied health and fitness professions, the Online Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) provides students with a breadth of knowledge in kinesiology including an emphasis in behavior change, exercise physiology, program design, movement science, and evidence-based practice in kinesiology. 

The program combines a rigorous academic experience with real-world applications to address a variety of health-related issues facing our society. MSK students gain experience evaluating individual needs, developing exercise and wellness plans, and educating individuals and their families. The program curriculum bridges theory, evidence-based practices and practical application.  A solid foundation of core courses along with specialized instruction in current topics prepares professionals to positively impact the populations they serve.

In addition to the comprehensive general coursework, the program features a culminating experience or thesis (student option) that provides students with a practical experiential learning opportunity or a research experience.

The MSK can be completed in 4 semesters (18 months), is offered 100% online, and students have the option of attending full or part time.

*An applicant who does not have a major in Kinesiology must take or have taken three undergraduate courses from the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control/learning, applied kinesiology, or functional anatomy and one course from the areas of sport psychology or exercise psychology with a grade of C or better. 

At A Glance

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    Credits30 credits

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    Average Completion Time2 years

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    Cost$641 per credit

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    LocationCSUB Online

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    Modality100% online

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    Admission CycleFall, Spring, and Summer

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    Next Application DeadlineFall 2024: June 1, 2024

Virtual Information Session

If you missed our virtual information session, you can see the abridged video here! If you have any questions about the program not addressed here, please use the form below to let us know.

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Program Details

How to Apply & Upcoming Deadlines

Application to the Online M.S. in Kinesiology program at CSU Bakersfield requires the following:

  • One official hard-copy (unopened) or digital transcript from all colleges attended. Digital transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to Any transcript from a college / university outside of the United States will require a course-by-course analysis from a transcript evaluation services such as World Education Services (WES). See WES website for more detailsNote: If you received your bachelor's degree from CSU Bakersfield, skip this step. You'll be contacted if any further transcripts are required.  

  • Three MSK reference forms (instructions included in Cal State Apply application)
  • Statement of purpose (instructions included in Cal State Apply application)
  • Signed Technology Contract (included in Cal State Apply application)
  • $70 application fee

How to Submit Your Application

Complete your application online through Cal State Apply. Select "Kinesiology (MS)" under the "Bakersfield Extension" section. Complete all the necessary steps and submit.

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Application Deadlines

We offer start dates for three terms throughout the year. Please see the deadlines below for each term. Note: Applications submitted by the priority deadline will receive preference for inclusion in a particular term should we receive more admissions than slots available. 

Fall Semester Admission:
Application Opens: October 1
Priority Deadline: May 1
Regular Deadline: June 1
Final Document Submission Deadline: July 1

Spring Semester Admission:
Application Opens: August 1
Priority Deadline: October 1
Regular Deadline: November 1
Final Document Submission Deadline: January 1

Summer Semester Admission:
Application Opens: January 1
Priority Deadline: February 1
Regular Deadline: March 1
Final Document Submission Deadline: May 1

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