MS in Kinesiology

Training master practitioners in human movement

UIC’s Master of Science in kinesiology focuses on the relationship between a fit, strong body and quality of life, in everyone from high-performance athletes to people living with disabilities or disease.

We produce experts that examine human movement through the lenses of psychology, public health, physics and physiology. Our students learn from and take part in research alongside award-winning faculty that are leading the way in groundbreaking studies in exercise physiology, gait, biomechanics, and wound and tissue repair.

Choose your path

With three concentrations, you can focus your studies to meet your interests and prepare you to be a leader in the field you choose.

Exercise Physiology

Planning on pursuing doctoral studies or a career in exercise science research? Our exercise physiology concentration will give you experience with a variety of testing, measurement and prescription techniques. Become an expert in fitness assessment, prescription and training, and health and physical activity programs for special populations.

Psychology and Promotion of Exercise, Health and Sport Behavior

In the psychology and promotion of exercise, health and sport behavior (PPEHSB) concentration, you’ll investigate interventions in exercise and health promotion. Learn how to conduct research in particular qualitative method led investigations, and get exposed to behavior change strategies in exercise, health and sport settings.


If you’re interested in research or doctoral study, our concentration in biomechanics is a perfect springboard. With a focus on developing an understanding of human motion, you’ll gain a solid foundation in research methods, biostatistics, research integrity and scientific writing. Additional coursework in human locomotion, tissue mechanics, motor control and motor learning is recommended.

Stats and Facts

5 labs
One resistance training, two anatomy and physiology and two exercise physiology research laboratories

Your career

The experience our program gives you in evidence-based practice prepares you for careers in health and fitness, rehabilitation and research—fields which the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistic project will continue to grow in the coming years.

Our graduates continue on to positions in:

  • Personal and corporate fitness programming and assessment
  • Sport psychology consulting
  • Health and physical activity programs for special populations
  • Fitness and wellness center leadership
  • Physical activity and mobility programs for disabled or elderly populations

Our three concentrations give you the opportunity to shape your studies to fit your needs and interests. Whether you’re looking to continue on to medical school, enter into a doctoral or professional program like occupational or physical therapy, or get out into the health industry right after graduation, a master’s in kinesiology will prepare you to be a leader in your field.

Understanding by doing

Kinesiology is all about activity, and our courses are no different. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories and fitness centers, you learn in an active setting, participate in lab and fieldwork activities, and gain hands-on, real-world experience in your chosen career field.

An optional thesis or project gives you the opportunity to pursue a unique research topic. Under the guidance of your faculty advisor, you’ll take part in research and contribute to breakthrough studies, get experience in research design and practice, and produce reports on practical applications of your work. Gain direct experience with instrumentation/technology including motion capture, electromyography, metabolic testing, strength testing equipment and various physical exam/assessment techniques. Students also gain experience with regulatory issues related to human subjects research.

If research isn’t your passion, choose a coursework-only option and forgo intense research studies in favor or taking more courses and completing written projects and exams.

If you want to focus on the practical side of your work, you can take on a practicum or internship. Our students find positions in applied sport and exercise psychology, health coaching, business, and integrated practices with exercise physiology and nutrition. These experiences prepare you for advanced study and careers in areas like coaching, rehabilitation, fitness and wellness.


Randal Stone

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