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The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree is offered 100% online for a non-thesis track, and primarily online for the thesis track.

The Program can be completed in 15 months and prepares students for a number of exciting careers, including exercise physiologist, athletics coach, cardiac rehab specialist, strength and conditioning specialist and college instructor. The program offers two tracks: a thesis track that emphasizes research and a non-thesis track that provides an internship experience in a kinesiology-related area of interest.

By choosing to earn your masters in Kinesiology from Augusta University’s College of Education and Human Development, you’ll be part of a rigorous exercise science-based program that emphasizes the practical application and interpretation of data.

Kinesiology is for you if you consider yourself

Adventurous and Active
Helpful and Nurturing



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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Master of Science with a major in Kinesiology program will complete 36 credit hours in either the thesis or non-thesis track. The thesis track is offered primarily online, but requires students to be physically present on the Augusta University campus for two semesters to complete the applied research courses and face-to-face work. The non-thesis track is offered 100 percent online.

The average completion time for a degree is four semesters, including a summer semester.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Augusta University’s College of Education and Human Development is a hub for educational outreach and professional learning opportunities, including the Impacting Student Learning Conference.

The Central Savannah River Oral History Project explores changes in the area’s education system by recording the memories of those were involved in the change.

Several education-related student organizations provide opportunities for students to participate in organizations that can help them network, share ideas and prepare for career advancement.


Two Tracks

By choosing between the thesis or non-thesis track, students can earn the degree that’s right for them, whether it’s research-oriented or more hands-on.


Built-in Flexibility

With classes taught either mostly or totally online depending on the chosen track, a Master’s in Kinesiology fits with most schedules.


In-House Lab

The Nutrition, Exercise and Stress Laboratory has a wide variety of equipment, including a large cold centrifuge, -20 and -80 degree freezers and an Epoch spectrophotometer.


Dedicated Faculty

The supportive faculty are committed to high-impact practices that stimulate positive learning and innovative research.  

Your Future

Career Options

Graduates with a Master of Science in Kinesiology can pursue careers including exercise physiologists, cardiac rehab specialists, athletic coaches and strength and conditioning specialists.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for exercise physiologists is projected to rise faster than average through 2031. In 2021, the median pay for an exercise physiologist was $47,940.  


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Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous college work, with a minimum average of 2.8 on math and science courses.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a closely related field.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from two individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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For more detailed admissions criteria, please visit the Graduate School's graduate admissions guide.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024

  • November 2, 2023

Fall 2024

  • June 2, 2024

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.The program does not accept applications after the application deadline; however, the program will continue to accept application materials up to 3 weeks after the application deadline. 

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this online program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

With two tracks of study, your education is individualized based upon your career goals, whether you’re interested in sports coaching or pursing a doctoral degree.

Taught either mostly or exclusively online, the master’s in Kinesiology can fit almost any schedule.

Taking an average of four semesters to complete, you can be ready to meet your future in less than two years.

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‘Firefighters go from zero to hero’

Augusta University’s Department of Kinesiology is helping prepare local firefighters for the physical demands of their stressful jobs.

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Making lifelong connections with the Jags4Jags Mentoring Program at Augusta University

The Jags4Jags program at Augusta University was created to enhance new student experience by linking first-year students to mentors who are ready to listen, inspire and help navigate any future challenges.

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New sports management majors embracing their love of the game

Graduates of Augusta University's sports management program could find future employment with sports facilities or teams across the country or even worldwide in areas such as communications, event management, data analytics or business.

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75-year-old Master of Science in Kinesiology graduate adds to his rays of knowledge with fifth college degree 

After 37 years of service in both the Army and the VA, Bill Nolan, PhD, decided he was ready to take his career in psychology, combine it with his love of running and reinvent himself as a sports psychologist and exercise scientist. He retired in January 2013 and immediately enrolled at Augusta University, taking both graduate and undergraduate courses in kinesiology. 

Learning Like No Other

The Augusta University College of Education and Human Development is committed to being a relevant, responsive, and respected institution with a keen focus toward high impact work in the community. Our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practice of education.