Kinesiology, M.S.

Program Overview

You’re ready to accelerate your life — your learning, your career, and your effect on others. At the heart of your interest in the study of human movement and well-being is a passion to serve others in body, mind, and spirit.

Earn your Master of Science in Kinesiology (MS-KIN) through PLNU’s accelerated program in just one year. The program offers a flexible course load suited to your professional and academic goals, giving you the tools you need to pursue your calling in the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport performance, and sport management.

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Accelerate Your Life

Earn an M.S. in Kinesiology in One Year

Program director Dr. Jeff Sullivan gives you a look inside PLNU's M.S. in Kinesiology.

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Relevant Experience

Take courses that pair a functional, applied learning approach with the latest industry research and trends, giving you the real-world experience today to fulfill your potential tomorrow.

Professional Preparedness

Foster relationships with industry leaders, gain exposure to internship and job opportunities, and learn from faculty and professional colleagues through a robust, flexible, and customizable curriculum.

Pursue Your Purpose

Develop a deeper understanding of how to faithfully apply your work to the wellness of the whole person — body, mind, and spirit — in the context of your particular concentration.

PLNU's MS-KIN program is designed to prepare knowledgeable and career-focused professionals for the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport management, sport performance, and rehabilitation science. Through a robust curriculum, collaborative group work, and direct professional experiences, you’ll be equipped to integrate the current best research evidence with your professional practice to solve relevant problems for clients, patients, or businesses related to the healthcare, sport, and fitness industries.

This accelerated 12-month program offers flexibility, speed, and quality, making it ideal for working professionals and recent graduates with a four-year baccalaureate degree looking to advance quickly in their career. Graduates of undergraduate kinesiology programs such as exercise science, strength and conditioning, athletic training, physical education, sport management, exercise physiology, and pre-allied health are well-situated to pursue this master’s program.

The curriculum of the MS-KIN includes 30 total units. All students in the program will complete 18 units of core courses. Upon completion, students are required to follow a 12-unit concentration in either exercise science, sport performance, or sport management.

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Program Concentrations

The curriculum for each of the concentrations within the MS-KIN has been specifically aligned with the national guild standards of industry-leading organizations. The exercise science curriculum is aligned with the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The sport performance concentration is aligned with the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s standards and is an affiliated program of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The sport management concentration is aligned with the standards of the North American Society for Sport Management.

In addition to the three concentrations outlined below, you can pursue a concentration in Integrative Wellness, which prepares professionals to improve health in the U.S. through interventions in behavior change, nutrition, and physical activity. 

Exercise Science

Designed for careers in exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and fitness assessment and exercise prescription, this concentration will prepare you to:

  • Incorporate current best evidence and practices to make effective clinical decisions and advance scholarship in exercise science

  • Collaborate with colleagues to determine health, fitness, and disease states in clients and patients to enhance care

  • Create exercise interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases

The program will prepare students as clinical exercise physiologists and cardiac rehabilitation specialists to receive the highest level of certification by the ACSM, which requires the completion of a master’s degree.

Sport Performance

Designed for professionals in the fields of fitness, strength and conditioning, and athletic training, this concentration will prepare you to:

  • Master advanced concepts in biomechanics and neuromechanics to improve function, eliminate pain, and optimize human performance

  • Enhance your clinical skills through focused hands-on opportunities in sport performance and sport medicine

  • Integrate your clinical experiences with current best evidence and practices to make effective decisions for optimal client and patient care

Students will be instructed by industry-leading professionals in the San Diego region and have access to state-of-the-art health and athletic facilities to enhance their clinical experience. The program will prepare students to work with elite athletes at every level through a collaborative, interprofessional curriculum.

Sport Management

Designed for professionals in sport management, sport leadership, and sport education settings, this concentration will prepare you to:

  • Master key management and leadership principles to direct sports organizations and athletic programs effectively

  • Develop strategic decision-making skills while gaining at least 100 hours of relevant professional experience in the San Diego sports industry

  • Effectively serve the sport and sport-education industries through faith-based ethical management principles and practices

The curriculum will highlight key management, leadership, and entrepreneurial strategies, offering courses in kinesiology and PLNU’s MBA program. The program will allow for upward mobility to teachers, athletic directors, coaches, and sport managers in their various fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into the graduate program?

To be admitted into PLNU's MS-KIN program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree. You must also have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. If you don’t meet the minimum GPA requirement, please contact your enrollment counselor regarding the exceptions process.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Can I be part of the program as I work full time?

Absolutely. The MS-KIN program consists of blended in-person and online courses that allow for a flexible schedule, so you can continue to work full or part time.

What if I have work or personal commitments that interfere with completing the program in 12 months?

We understand that work or personal commitments might make it difficult to complete your degree in the accelerated time frame. We'll work to accommodate you as best as possible to ensure you finish your degree while fulfilling your other obligations. For specific questions related to your circumstances, please reach out to your enrollment counselor.

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Program Start Date(s):

Fall 2017 – August 28, 2017

Priority Application Date(s):

Fall 2017 – June 27, 2017

For those applying to the fall 2017 Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) positions, your deadline to apply will be earlier. The application links for the 2017–18 GA and TA positions can be found on the Program Overview tab. The links direct candidates to the Human Resources website and allow candidates to apply to the individual positions and upload a cover letter, resume, and reference list. Candidates may apply for multiple positions. Please refer to the Program Overview tab for application deadlines and more information. Applications for the GA and TA positions will not be eligible unless the applicant has also submitted and completed an MS-KIN program application. For any questions regarding the GA and TA positions, please contact Jessica Elam at jelam@pointloma.edu, and for any questions regarding the MS-KIN program application, please contact Kimber Ely at kely@pointloma.edu.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission-under-exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's MS-KIN, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from that institution indicating the completion of an undergraduate degree.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

*Exceptions Policy: If you have a GPA below 3.0 in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

Program Prerequisites

  • Exercise Science Concentration: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology

  • Sport Performance Concentration: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Structural Kinesiology, Biomechanics

  • Sport Management Concentration: No prerequisite other than those required for courses offered in the Fermanian School of Business

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).

  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu

  3. Submit personal essay. Specifically state how you would like to use your master’s degree from PLNU to further your career. Make sure you clearly touch on these three points:

    • Clarify what job setting you see yourself pursuing upon completing the MS-KIN and specify how this degree program will help you in that setting.

    • Describe how you will appraise, use, and integrate current evidence in kinesiology into your professional practice.

    • State how your previous education and work experiences have uniquely prepared you for success in this program.

  4. Submit a resume/vita.

  5. Submit three professional references, including name, title, phone, and email for each reference.

  6. Ensure undergraduate course prerequisites are met:

    • Exercise Science Concentration: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology

    • Sport Performance Concentration: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Structural Kinesiology, Biomechanics

    • Sport Management Concentration: No prerequisite other than those required for courses offered in the Fermanian School of Business

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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Graduate Assistantships:

We have two Graduate Assistant (GA) and two Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for the 2017–18 year!

Applications for the GA and TA positions will not be eligible unless the applicant has also submitted and completed an MS-KIN program application. For any questions regarding the GA and TA positions, please contact Jessica Elam at jelam@pointloma.edu, and for any questions regarding the MS-KIN program application, please contact Kimber Ely at kely@pointloma.edu.

  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer (Full Tuition Waiver + $10,000/year stipend)
    Application Deadline: January 24, 2017 | 2 year commitment
  • Athletic Training and Kinesiology Teaching Assistant (25 percent Tuition Waiver)
    Application Deadline: February 7, 2017 | 1 year commitment
  • Exercise Science Teaching Assistant and Lab Coordinator (50 percent Tuition Waiver)
    Application Deadline: February 7, 2017 | 1 year commitment
  • Marketing/Communications Graduate Assistant (Full Tuition Waiver + $10,000/year stipend)
    Application Deadline: March 7, 2017 | 2 year commitment

Applicants with experience in business, marketing, communications, public relations, sport management, or related degree are preferred.

Questions About Financial Aid? Meet Your Advisor

If you have any questions about your student account balance, payments, financial aid, or just need to talk about all of your options, please feel free to contact your assigned student financial services advisor:

Brenda Wright
brendawright@pointloma.edu
(619) 563-2847

Career Opportunities

PLNU’s MS-KIN will prepare you for careers in education, athletics, healthcare, sports administration, business, and many other specialized fields.

Some careers that MS-KIN alumni pursue include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Fitness Professional
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Corporate Wellness Professional
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Administrator
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Head Coach