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Kinesiology Applications Information

Master of Science (MS) Degree in Kinesiology

The MS degree in Kinesiology is a graduate program that prepares students for careers in exercise physiology, corporate fitness, recreation and wellness, physical education, and careers in life science. In addition, the MS degree would benefit primary and secondary educators by further developing their pedagogy in physical and adaptive physical education. Graduates with a Kinesiology MS degree have gone on to Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Science and gained admission into clinical doctorate programs (e.g., Doctor of Physical Therapy). The program consists of 30 units – 16 units of core courses, 12 option-specific electives, and two units for the culminating assignment (thesis or project). All students are required to complete a thesis or project to earn their MS degree.

To be accepted, students must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 from the last 90 quarter units (60-semester units) and appropriate undergraduate preparation in kinesiology or a related field. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in fields other than kinesiology or a related field may be required to take an additional set of prerequisite courses specific to the various options of the graduate Kinesiology program.

Admission to the Program

The process of gaining admission to the program involves the following steps:

  1. Apply to Cal State LA - Students must be admitted to the University by satisfying the University requirements. Students must select the Kinesiology MS degree program and provide the requested material online (see next bullet point).
  2. Students will be then reviewed by the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee. Required materials include a resume or CV, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation (ideally, at least one from a college instructor), and copies of their official transcripts. Students whose undergraduate education was taught in a language other than English should include official scores from an English proficiency exam. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however, students with GRE scores are encouraged to include them.
  3. After an initial review, the Graduate Coordinator will reach out to potential students for a short 15-minute Zoom interview with members of the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee. The purpose of this Zoom interview is to meet the applicant, ask some follow-up questions and answer any questions that the applicant may have about the program.


The deadline for applications is May 31, 2023. However, the review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023, and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Therefore, applications received by February 28th will be part of the initial review and applicants will be reviewed monthly.

Please see our Graduate Student Handbook for more information about the program.

Contact Us

For general questions about the Graduate Program, contact Dr. George Crocker: [email protected]