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    Online Master of Science in Applied Kinesiology

    Advance in a high-demand field.

    Kinesiology is the term used to describe the study of human movement. In the Online Master of Science in Applied Kinesiology program, students will be exposed to a broad curriculum covering content across the kinesiology subdisciplines, including exercise physiology, exercise psychology, and athletic coaching, as well as research methodology. Completion of the program can help graduates become more competitive for leadership positions such as exercise physiologists, cardiac rehabilitation coordinators, collegiate or professional strength and sport coaches, community health program educators and administrators, as well as corporate and entrepreneurial positions related to health, fitness, and sport performance.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • The only fully online MS in Kinesiology in the UW System
    • Flexible and individualized program to meet a variety of career goals
    • Practicum option provides professional experience


    100% Online and asynchronous.


    Designed to be completed as quickly as 3 semesters.


    Low cost yet high-quality educational opportunity.


    Experienced and committed faculty.

    Online Master in Applied Kinesiology

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    The MS in Applied Kinesiology is a 30-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year and a half.

    More information on the program structure and courses can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

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    To qualify for admission to the MS in Applied Kinesiology program students must meet application deadlines, and meet graduate admission criteria.

    If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

    International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Contact us for information and assistance.

    Additional requirement for admission to the MS in Applied Kinesiology program: Upload a personal statement (2-3 pages) describing the reason behind your decision to pursue this degree, your short- and long-term career goals, and the value you believe you will add to the learning experience of your fellow students. This statement can be uploaded after you submit your application.

    Note: All application materials must be received prior to the application deadline, only then will processing begin on your application.

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    MS in Applied Kinesiology professionals with advanced credentials are in high demand.

    Graduates will be prepared for careers as:

    • Exercise Physiologists
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinators
    • Collegiate or Professional Strength and Sport Coaches
    • Community Health Program Educators and Administrators
    • Corporate and Entrepreneurial Careers related to Health, Fitness, and Sport Performance
    • American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Physiologist Certification (ACSM-EP) Exam

     See ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification, https://www.acsm.org/certification/get-certified/exercise-physiologist

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    Learning outcomes for students in the MS in Applied Kinesiology program are as follows: 

    1. Integrate and evaluate human anatomy and physiology concepts in the design of programs that optimize health and performance.
    2. Exhibit cultural competency with a respect for complexity as they address current issues regarding diversity, ability/disability, and disease across the lifespan within the domain of human performance in a global society.
    3. Inquire, analyze, and evaluate data both individually and collaboratively, and demonstrate information and quantitative literacy by contributing to the human performance research community.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply current psychological theories to sport and exercise performance.
    5. Manage human and fiscal resources in accordance with leadership, organization, and management techniques within the human performances.
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    The Online MS in Applied Kinesiology graduate program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $610.56 USD per credit for in state, $1,198.55 per credit for out of state for the 2023-24 academic year.

    What creates this value?

    • Mentoring and Advising from Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology.
    • Nationally recognized faculty members.
    • Faculty complete specific training for online teaching.
    • High levels of student/faculty interaction are standard.
    • Helpdesk technical staff are dedicated to assisting master's students with online technology.
    • Veteran services.
    • Career services.
    • Study abroad.

    Course materials
    Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.

    Financial aid
    UW-Whitewater students may apply for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. For more information, please reach out directly to the Financial Aid department.