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Online M.S. in Kinesiology

Push yourself to the next level

Designed for health and fitness professionals from a number of different fields, 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. 

MSK students gain experience evaluating individual needs, developing exercise and wellness plans, and educating individuals and their families. 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 MKS can be completed in 4 semesters (18 months), is offered 100% online, and students have the option of attending full or part time.

Who is the MSK for?

The MSK program is a 30-semester unit program primarily designed for individuals in or seeking to enter the following professional fields:

  • Recreation and Fitness Teachers, Postsecondary: Professionals that teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of both teaching and research.
  • Community Health Workers: Professionals that assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. 
  • Exercise Physiologists: Professionals that assess, plan, and / or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and / or flexibility.
  • Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors: Professionals that educate and motivate individuals or groups in exercise. They demonstrate techniques and methods in cardiovascular exercise, weight and strength training, and stretching. They observe clients and show them ways to improve their skills.
  • Secondary School Teachers: Professionals that instruct students in secondary public or private schools in one or more subjects at the secondary level, such as English, mathematics, or social studies. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

The Online Master of Science in Kinesiology is currently pending WSCUC approval.

At A Glance



Average Completion Time

2 Years

Cost per credit



CSUB Online


100% Online

Admission Cycles

Fall, Spring, and Summer

Next application deadline

Fall 2020 Priority: May 1, 2020

Admission Requirements

Kinesiology major/minor or equivalent Kinesiology courses are required*
Completion of prerequisite coursework
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units of coursework

*An applicant who does not have a major or minor in Kinesiology must take 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.

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