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Western Kentucky University

Kinesiology Graduate Program

M.S. Kinesiology

The M.S. in Kinesiology program with a concentration in Exercise Physiology The Exercise Physiology concentration is offered on campus and includes lecture classes, seminars, and laboratory experience. 

Core Courses

KIN 501 Research Methods

KIN 503 Advanced Motor Learning and Control

KIN 504 Advanced Exercise Physiology

KIN 515 Advanced Measurement and Evaluation

KIN 518 Advanced Statistics in Kinesiology

KIN 522 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription


Exercise Physiology (on campus): The Exercise Physiology concentration is intended for those students wishing to pursue graduate level study in the physiological bases of human performance.

Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses

KIN 514 Laboratory Methods

KIN 523 Seminar in Exercise Physiology

KIN 524 Applied Biomechanics

KIN 598 Capstone Research Experience    -OR-

KIN 599 Thesis Research


The admission requirements for the Master of Science in Kinesiology program are as follows: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university of recognized standing with at least a 2.75 overall GPA
  • A Current Resume
  • A Statement of Professional Intent

 The Statement of Professional Intent should provide a sample of the applicant's writing style and ability.  It should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, and is expected to be well organized, clearly written, and error free. It should include an introduction, responses to the three questions below, and a conclusion:

  • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
  • What related qualifications and/or experiences do you bring to the program?
  • What are your career goals after completing the program

 Students with undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation from professors in their major and/or their academic advisor

  • Resumes, Statements, and Letters of Recommendation (if below a 3.0) should be emailed to and should include the full name of the applicant along with their WKU Student ID (if known)


Please note.  The GRE will no longer be required for the Kinesiology Graduate program (Exercise Physiology)


For inquiries about the Kinesiology program, please contact:  

Kristeen Owens 
Graduate Program Specialist
Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport
Western Kentucky University
P: (270)745-3153
F: (270)745-6043
Mark Schafer Ph.D., CES, CSCS
Associate Professor 
Undergraduate Program Coordinator of Exercise Science
Graduate Program Coordinator of Kinesiology
Western Kentucky University
1056 Smith Stadium 
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11089
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1089
Phone: 270-745-5857
Fax: 270-745-6043













Graduate Assistantship

Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistant position must the following materials:

All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Brad Stinnett.  Applications are sure no later than March 15th for committee review.  Successful applicants will be contacted by April 15th.  All applicants will receive a decision notification by April 30th.

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 Last Modified 5/1/15