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Kinesiology, M.S.

McDaniel's M.S. in Kinesiology Program has an impressive legacy spanning back to the college's first physical training course. Since then, this 33-credit program has evolved to provide the knowledge and the skills necessary for careers in allied health, research and education. Your thesis and comprehensive exam will provide you the platform to conduct your own research and demonstrate your knowledge, paving the way for a professional degree or career.

Degree Types
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Program Cost
$552 per credit
Total credits

Grounded in Research

With a strong research foundation, our program explores advanced topics in human physical activity, particularly as movement, exercise, and sport apply to health promotion and disease prevention. You'll work closely with faculty to develop an in-depth understanding of how the body works and how it contributes to overall well-being.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Students using a large touchscreen to view anatomy.

Human Performance Lab

The versatile Human Performance Lab serves as the primary research space for faculty, the exercise physiology classroom and the workshop for experiments in conditioning and speed, exercise and chronic disease, and lifetime fitness. Of course, the human skeleton model, which has literally been hanging around longer than anyone can remember, moved right along with the students into Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab.

What You Need to Know About the M.S. in Kinesiology

Admissions Requirements

  • Application for graduate study
  • Official transcript conferring bachelor’s degree (minimum 3.0 GPA) from an accredited institution

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Meet a Graduate | John Saxton M.S. '24

What led you to earn your M.S. in Kinesiology?
As a physical education teacher, movement/exercise is of great interest to me. I wish to continue my career as a physical educator, and felt as though the McDaniel M.S. in Kinesiology program was a perfect fit for strengthening my P.E. repertoire.
Why McDaniel?
McDaniel was one of the only schools in Maryland that provided a P.E. related graduate program that also partners with Frederick County Public Schools.
What were your program highlights?
McDaniel's M.S. in Kinesiology is geared toward self-pace and individualized research. I enjoyed being able to work virtually (instead of driving 40 minutes to campus for class) and creating my own schedule for work completion. The professors who led this program are highly knowledgeable, helpful, personable, and understanding. They made learning enjoyable. I loved engaging in the research process to discover new concepts and things that I could do or discuss in both my health and P.E. classes.
In addition to the overall program, I was very grateful to work with the program coordinator, Dale Luy, to reflect on various aspects of McDaniel's program. Professor Luy took me under his wing last summer to engage in an internship experience — he's a stand-up guy! His support helped to make my journey through the program less stressful.
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Kinesiology major and research assistant Isabella Mendiola demonstrates lifting in McDaniel’s new Neuromuscular Lab.

Where You'll Study Kinesiology’s new labs and classrooms open in Gill Center Dynamic Facilities

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Kinesiology students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.