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Health and Exercise Science, Master of Science in Kinesiology

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Specialize your studies in exercise physiology or health and physical activity behavior as you enhance and broaden your knowledge and clinical skills in the field of Health and Exercise Science.

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When you graduate, you will be able to apply your new expertise to: 

  • Improve the education of others to enhance physical activity and health behavior in hospitals, fitness and wellness centers, clinics, community health agencies, and various work settings; 
  • Appropriately use physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease; and 
  • Advance the sport and exercise performance for recreational and elite athletes. 
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Current Students Spotlight

Our students make essential contributions to the vibrant intellectual community of our program. Click below to learn more about some of our students’ interests and accomplishments.

Student profiles

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Career Paths 

Strength and training coach 
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Athletic program administrator
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Exercise physiologist

Students also seek careers in cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness, geriatric settings, corporate fitness, military fitness, research or sales and management in corporate fields such as sports nutrition, athletic footwear, fitness equipment, sports clothing, and weight control programs. 

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Funding Opportunities 


Graduate program costs can depend on a variety of factors such as residency, number of credit hours, and number of semesters enrolled. The Graduate Admissions website provides an estimate of annual costs for Ohio residents, domestic non-residents, and international students. The Registrar’s Office provides more in-depth information about Tuition and Fees.

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Degree Requirements

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Bachelor’s degree

Expected time to degree

1.5-2 years

Deadline to apply

December 1

for funding consideration; then rolling admissions until cohort filled

Applications for the next admissions cycle will open September 1

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Program start

Autumn Semester

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Mode of Instruction

While some courses may be offered online, this degree requires in-person learning on the Columbus campus.

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