M.S. in Kinesiology

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Applicants for fall 2017
To begin a new application or complete one in-progress to begin study at McDaniel College in the fall 2017 term, please use this link »

Applicants for 2018 and beyond
McDaniel College has switched to a new application system. Any information that you started prior to 8.15.17 will not be available in the new system and you will be required to use the new application. We apologize for any inconvenience and will always be happy to assist you in the process or answer any questions.

McDaniel College’s Master of Science program in Kinesiology strives to provide each graduate with a core of essential knowledge and skills needed for careers in education, research, and allied health. Full-time and adjunct faculty with a wealth of knowledge in the field are at the helm of each course, taking our students through their experience both in and out of the classroom. Excellent athletic facilities including the Human Performance Lab provide students with hands-on experience testing cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems on equipment used in the health and fitness industry.

Courses are offered in a flexible mix of on-campus, online and hybrid; Students will study topics ranging from Nutrition for Athletes and Sport Ethics to Psychology of Sport and Facility Design and Operation. The Kinesiology program does not lead to initial teacher certification. For information about the Graduate & Professional Studies graduate program leading to PreK-12 Physical Education teacher certification, visit Teaching initial certification in Kinesiology.

Why McDaniel

• Since 1885, McDaniel College has built an impressive legacy in the state of Maryland, including establishing the first “physical training” course, the first physical education major, and the first master’s degree program in physical education.

• Offers convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule: full-time or part-time options.

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.

• Small class size and individual attention from professors.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submission of the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

Three letters of recommendation


Students may select a 30-credit or 33-credit hour degree program. The 30-credit option requires the student to write a thesis. The 33-credit program requires a comprehensive examination.

Click here for a list of courses and program options. Note: a new tab will open to the McDaniel Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

• 33 credit hours (non-thesis option) or 30 credit hours (thesis option)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below a grade of “C"
• Successful completion of a Capstone experience: Comprehensive Exam –OR– Thesis


Dr. Andi Hoffman

Dr. Andi Hoffman, Graduate Kinesiology Coordinator

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


1. How do I apply? 
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.

2. Does this program lead to initial teaching certification?
No, those interested in initial teaching certification should see our Teaching in Kinesiology program