College of Education and Human Development

School of Kinesiology

Graduate degrees

The School of Kinesiology offers both professional and research-based graduate programs. Each program provides a tailored educational experience meant to enhance the understanding of the science and management of physical activity and human movement. Students have a variety of tracks and emphasis areas to choose from to create a customized program that fits their individual goals.

Not sure which program is right for you? Review the differences between the master of science/master of Art (research based) and the master of education (professional based) programs.

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Kinesiology MS Kinesiology MS

The master of science (MS) in kinesiology program combines theoretical instruction and practical experience

Kinesiology PhD Kinesiology PhD

A PhD in kinesiology prepares students for a career in academics, teaching, research, or clinical settings

Physical activity and health MEd Physical activity and health MEd

The physical activity and health master of education (MEd) provides advanced study in the broad areas of the promotion and implementation of physical activity and the resulting effect it has on health

Sport and exercise science MEd Sport and exercise science MEd

This provides advanced study in the broad areas of physical activity, including exercise science, movement science, and human performance, to prepare students for careers in health-related professions

Sport management MA Sport management MA

The master of arts in sport management concentrates on the theoretical and practical dimensions of the management of athletic events, sports teams and facilities, and the sporting process

Sport Management MEd Sport Management MEd

This is a practitioner-oriented master's program designed to prepare students for advanced study or careers in sport administration, sport management, or sport and fitness related professions

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Current student resources

    Financial aid and tuition

    The School, College, and University all offer financial aid opportunities for students. Use the following resources to see available funding opportunities:


    Graduate and professional program tuition and fees


    The School of Kinesiology houses fourteen labs and centers that specialize in a wide variety of research. Much of the research conducted in the School is interdisciplinary and involves collaborative partnerships with life science disciplines. Collaborations include medicine, neuroscience, and epidemiology, with connections to business, education, and social sciences. Review each lab or center web page for more information about specific projects.

    Student organizations

    Joining a student organization is a great way to get involved, meet new friends and contacts, and enhance your UMN experience. Check out the School of Kinesiology Student Council website for more information about what they do and how to become involved.

    Diversity statement

    The College of Education and Human Development Diversity statement:

    We affirm the contributions of all people in our community. Diversity and equity are at the core of our mission in the College of Education and Human Development.

    We explicitly reject bias, discrimination, and exclusion on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

    We all are responsible for recognizing, confronting, and addressing bias and discrimination and diligently working for positive change in support of equity and diversity.

    CEHD Graduate and Professional Education diversity statement
    May 2, 2017, approved by CEHD Directors of Graduate Studies