MS in Kinesiology Program


Top-Notch Degree for a High-Impact Profession

The Master of Science in Kinesiology at Michigan Tech provides an excellent education paired with advanced research opportunities in health and human movement, which add up to a competitive edge for graduates.

Do your interests lie in cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, fitness training and management, sports administration, or research/teaching in health and kinesiology? If you would like to pursue a career in any of these fields, allow us to prepare you for a high-impact profession.

Because kinesiology is a highly interdisciplinary field, our master’s students cross departmental borders and collaborate with faculty and students in areas such as biological sciences, human factors, and biomedical engineering.

Degree Options

Our program offers both a thesis option and a course work option. The thesis option includes course work and research in exercise and integrative physiology, biomechanics, or human performance. The course work option includes a more directed course work plan that is capped with an extended internship experience in cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, or fitness training/management.

Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The thesis must be prepared following the current procedures.  

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

The Degree schedule form must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a final thesis to the Graduate School prior to completing their degrees.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum) 20 credits
Thesis research 6–10 credits
Total (minimum) 30 credits
Distribution of course work credit  
5000–6000 series (minimum) 12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum) 12 credits

Coursework Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. Use of limited number research credits in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a coursework degree may be allowed in exceptional cases. Students wishing to apply research credits toward a coursework degree must obtain approval from their advisor and department. The department must then obtain approval from the Graduate School. Approval will only be granted when there is evidence that an appropriate body of work has been completed, sufficient deliverables have been produced, and circumstances beyond the students' control have made it necessary for them to change from a research-based to a coursework-based degree program. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree.

Distribution of coursework credit  
5000–6000 series (minimum) 18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum) 12 credits

For more-detailed information, see Degree Requirements.

Research Opportunities

Kinesiology faculty are deeply engaged in teaching, mentoring, and research focusing on health and human performance. The department currently has two faculty externally funded by the prestigious American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant program.

Over the past five years, the department has received external research funding from national health organizations including

  • National Institutes of Health,
  • American Heart Association, and
  • American Physiological Society.

Students conduct research in areas as diverse as

  • neural control of circulation,
  • molecular mechanisms involved in hypertension,
  • human biomechanics,
  • muscular fatigue and aging, and
  • human performance in collegiate athletes.

The department’s cutting-edge research facilities and equipment include

  • a microneurography nerve traffic analysis system, 
  • electrocardiogram units and amplifiers,
  • a lower-body negative-pressure chamber,
  • six Vicon motion-capture cameras,
  • a metabolic cart for VO2 max, and
  • a venous occlusion plethysmograph for limb blood flow measurements (calf and forearm).