Master of Science in Kinesiology - Exercise Science

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Program Information

Graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is offered with two options: exercise science and sport psychology.

The purpose of the exercise science option is to provide students with the technical and professional knowledge necessary for the assessment and improvement of human movement and performance. Students will be provided with information that will assist them in the design and implementation of programs that enhance human movement and performance. Through independent research and inquiry, students will solve problems associated with human movement and performance.


The educational mission of the program is to develop individuals who make informed decisions about exercise, human movement, and performance that foster health and physically active lifestyles. To this end faculty are dedicated to quality teaching, scholarship and service.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference, which must include at least two letters from faculty who can comment on academic abilities and potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Please submit a detailed statement of purpose (1-2 single-spaced pages) outlining the reasons you are seeking a graduate degree in exercise science; in addition, explain why you applied to WWU’s Kinesiology graduate program specifically. Your statement is also an opportunity to introduce yourself beyond your application materials and may include the following: your goals while in the program; your transferrable strengths from academic, professional, and personal experiences; and unique background experiences that may be relevant. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty mentors in exercise science whose research aligns with your interests before submitting your application.