Master's Degree Programs in Kinesiology in California

A kinesiology degree prepares students for careers in health and fitness, coaching, athletic training, teaching, and academic research, among many other areas. These 10 California schools offer master's degree kinesiology programs with a variety of concentrations. Schools offering Exercise Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

California Baptist University

California Baptist University's graduate program in kinesiology offers three concentrations for students to choose from: exercise science, physical education pedagogy, and sport management. The program requires 33-34 units consisting of 15 units of core courses and at least 18 units of concentration coursework. The sport management curriculum can be completed in one year while the physical education track, which includes 15 weeks of education courses, can take considerably longer.

Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary's College of California offers a master's degree in kinesiology with three concentrations: sports studies, sports management, and fitness management. The program requires 30 units of coursework including 15 units of core courses. Students may choose to take up to five units of internship or work on an independent study. It normally takes 14-16 months for full-time students to finish the program and about 18-26 months for part-time enrollees.

Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University's 30-unit graduate program in kinesiology, which can be completed in one year, offers four concentrations: exercise science, sports management, sports performance, and an online integrative wellness program. Students in the first three tracks are required to take four core courses and 17 units in their chosen concentration, while integrative wellness candidates must complete 21 concentration courses and six to nine units of electives. The kinesiology program has a mix of in-person and online courses, providing schedule flexibility for students who are employed full- or part-time.

Fresno Pacific University

The master's program in kinesiology with physical education emphasis at Fresno Pacific University prepares students for a teaching position in any grade level including in a collegiate setting. The 36-unit coursework, all offered online, consists of nine units of core courses and 27 units of kinesiology courses. Students must also work in a kinesiology-related field for at least nine hours per week. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree in kinesiology should have earned at least 12 units of courses in physical education or have a minimum of four years full-time or eight years part-time experience in teaching physical education or coaching.

San Jose State University

The master's program in kinesiology at San Jose State University provides five concentration options: athletic training, exercise physiology, sport management, sport studies, and general kinesiology. The program requires 30-39 units, inclusive of six units of core kinesiology courses and a selection of concentration courses and electives depending on a student's chosen track. For the last semester, candidates can choose to do a master's thesis or a project as a final graduation requirement.

California State University, Chico

The graduate program in kinesiology at California State University, Chico requires 30 units, including nine units of core courses, which must be completed within five years. Students can choose either a thesis/project plan or a comprehensive examination plan as a graduation requirement. The program also offers an option in athletic training education for qualified applicants; this option entails specific coursework prerequisites and additional required courses and electives.

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach has two graduate programs in kinesiology, each requiring 36 units, which students must complete within seven years. The Master of Arts program offers five options: adapted physical education, coaching and student athlete development, pedagogical studies, individualized studies, and sport management. The Master of Science program provides four options: exercise science, sport and exercise psychology, sports medicine and injury studies, and exercise physiology and nutrition.

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge offers a 33-unit master's program in kinesiology with elective coursework in adapted physical activity, biomechanics, dance, exercise physiology, motor behavior, pedagogy in physical education, and sport studies. On top of the 15-unit core coursework and six units of thesis or graduate project, students may also create an individualized program by taking 12 units of electives in multiple subdisciplines.

California State University, Sacramento

The 30-unit master's program in kinesiology at California State University, Sacramento offers two tracks: exercise science and movement studies. Students in the movement studies track can choose among three options: strength condition, sports psychology, and sports pedagogy. The coursework involves seven units of core courses, 19 units for concentrations, and four units of a thesis or project.

California State University, San Marcos

California State University, San Marcos offers a 36-unit master's program in kinesiology that can be completed in two years on a full-time basis. Students must follow structured coursework that covers biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, public health, research and physical education methods, and statistical analysis. A master's thesis is a requirement for program completion.

School Name Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
California Baptist University Master of Science in Kinesiology $13,420
Saint Mary's College of California Master of Arts in Kinesiology $39,077
Point Loma Nazarene University Master of Science in Kinesiology $11,520
Fresno Pacific University Master of Arts in Kinesiology $17,062
San Jose State University Master of Arts in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
California State University, Chico Master of Arts in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
California State University, Long Beach Master of Arts or Master of Science in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
California State University, Northridge Master of Science in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
California State University, Sacramento Master of Science in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
California State University, San Marcos Master of Science in Kinesiology $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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