Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.—President John F. Kennedy


Fast Facts

  • Inside Higher Ed recently reported that kinesiology is “one of the fastest growing majors in the country.”
  • The department currently has faculty externally funded by the prestigious American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant program and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Both thesis and course work options are available for the Kinesiology master's degree.
  • Faculty are deeply engaged in both research and teaching.

Learn more about the Kinesiology program.

Graduate Program in Kinesiology

Michigan Tech’s MS program in Kinesiology provides advanced research and education related to health and human movement. The degree includes both a thesis and course work option. The thesis option includes course work and research focused in the areas of 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.

Kinesiology is a highly interdisciplinary field, and our graduate students work with faculty and students from not only the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, but also other units across campus such as Biological Sciences, Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, and Biomedical Engineering. We encourage not only traditional research, but also a spirit of entrepreneurialism with both students and faculty.

A total of 30 credits are required for the Kinesiology MS program. An accelerated degree option will be available beginning in Fall 2015 for qualified Michigan Tech students in which up to 6 approved credits can be double-counted towards undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Learn more about the Kinesiology program.

Master's Degree: 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 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


Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. A limited number of research credits may be used with the approval of the advisor, department, and Graduate School.  See degree requirements for more information.

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

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