Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) degree provides the knowledge and experience to students who have a related degree (e.g. BSEd in Health and Physical Education, BS in exercise science, exercise physiology, health science, allied health, etc.) to enhance their professional expertise.

The MSK program is offered 100% online for the non-thesis track, and primarily online for the thesis track. The Program can be completed in 15 months.

Kinesiology students measure respiration rate and blood oxygenation for a runner on a treadmill.

The 36 hour program of study is individualized based upon student career goals with an emphasis on exercise science-based topics at the advanced level, advanced quantitative and qualitative research classes and other areas of specialization (such as sports coaching ) based on their science or health background.

The degree is designed to advance students’ knowledge and experience in exercise science, health, physical activity and sports coaching. It is comprised of two distinct tracks/options; non-thesis (comprehensive exams and internship) and thesis (research paper and oral presentation/defense). The non-thesis track is offered 100% online and does not require students to be physically present on the Augusta University campus to complete the degree program. The thesis track is offered primarily online; however, it does require students to be physically present on the Augusta University campus for two semesters (typically the last two semesters of the degree program) to complete the applied research courses and related face-to face work. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree would benefit more from the thesis option in preparation for dissertation research. Students interested in the sports coaching certificate program and practical hands-on experience would benefit more from the non-thesis option.

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GPA: Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the Baccalaureate level.

Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university in a closely related field (e.g. exercise science, health science, nutrition, kinesiology, biology). To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

References: Name and contact information of two (2) individuals who can specifically address the applicant’s academic and professional experiences and potential for success in the program are required. It is recommended that one academic reference and a professional reference be named. 

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to

Background Check: A record free of criminal and disciplinary problems.

  • Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.
  • Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.
  • Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy.

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Prospective Student Inquiries
Allison Timmons

Application Inquiries
Lakeisha Thigpen
Admissions and Certification Coordinator

Program Coordinator: Dr. Graeme Connolly

  Dr. Graeme Connolly

  Christenberry Fieldhouse
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In order for an individual to be considered the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Fall Application: June 2nd
Spring Application: November 2nd