About

Would you enjoy discovering answers to questions related to participation in physical activity, exercise, and sport? Are you interested in working with people to increase their quality of life through improved movement experiences?

East Carolina University's MS in exercise and sport science program provides students an optimal mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. The program offers a broad array of opportunities in the field of kinesiology. With seven concentration areas, students interested in enhancing health and wellness through physical activity can find the program that ideally suits their interests. Concentration areas are: adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical activity promotion, physical education, sport and exercise psychology, and sport management.

Students will take part in important research in state-of-the art laboratories to study the impact of movement and physical activity on disease prevention and quality of life. Students examine the impact of programs to improve quality of movement and psychological factors on lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. Collaborations with schools, health departments, public health agencies, non-profit groups, and sport organizations provide students the opportunities to apply their knowledge to solve problems, learn in real world settings, and network with well-known professionals.

ECU Advantage

ECU's master's degree program in exercise and sport science is well known throughout the country for producing highly skilled professionals. Graduate assistantships are available for teaching and research. International students contribute to the open-minded culture within the department. Graduates leave prepared to make a real difference in the lives of the people with whom they work.

Program faculty include internationally known experts who excel in both teaching and research. The faculty care about their students and the mentoring the graduate students receive is unsurpassed. The ability of the faculty to provide high quality experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and professional settings is among the best in the nation.

What You Will Study

The master of science degree in kinesiology prepares students for careers or advanced academic training in the broad realm of kinesiology. The program offers seven areas of concentration - adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical activity promotion, physical education pedagogy, sport and exercise psychology, and sport management.  Students may choose from two options: thesis and nonthesis.

Students whose undergraduate preparation lacks essential prerequisite course work or whose baccalaureate degree is in a nonrelated field may have additional requirements. All degree candidates must pass the kinesiology comprehensive examination.

The basic curriculum plan for each option within the master of science in kinesiology program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. as follows:

Thesis option

Select an area of concentration from the following:

    Adapted physical education - 36 s.h.
      Core - 24 s.h.
      • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
      • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
      • KINE 5305 - Motor Development
      • KINE 5903 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sensory Impairments
      • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
      • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
      • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
      • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
      • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
      Restricted electives - 6 s.h.

      Select from the following:

      • KINE 5904 - Methods in Adaptive Aquatics
      • KINE 6030 - Physical Activity and Aging
      • KINE 6102 - History and Philosophy of Sport
      • KINE 6104 - Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
      • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
      • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
      • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
      • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
      • KINE 6500 - Independent Study
      • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
      SPED electives - 3 s.h.
        General electives - 3 s.h.
        Biomechanics - 36 s.h.
          Core - 24 s.h.
          • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
          • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
          • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
          • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
          • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
          • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
          • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
          • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
          • KINE 7204 - Techniques of Biomechanical Assessment
          General electives - 12 s.h.
          Exercise physiology - 36 s.h.
            Core - 21 s.h.
            • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
            • KINE 6208 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology
            • KINE 6210 - Theory and Techniques in Bioenergetics
            • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
            • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
            • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
            • Advisor approved graduate statistics course (3 s.h.)
            General electives - 15 s.h.
            Physical activity promotion - 36 s.h.
              Core - 30 s.h.
              • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
              • KINE 6115 - Physical Activity and Public Health
              • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
              • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
              • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
              • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
              • KINE 6401 - Assessment of Physical Activity and Fitness
              • KINE 6440 - Physical Activity Psychology
              • KINE 6254 - Kinesiology Internship
              • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
              General electives - 6 s.h.
              Physical education pedagogy - 36 s.h.
                Core - 33 s.h.
                • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I or
                • EDUC 6430 - Statistics in Education

                • KINE 6101 - Technology and Assessment for Physical Education Teacher Education
                • KINE 6104 - Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
                • KINE 6108 - Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education
                • KINE 6109 - Clinical Supervision in Physical Education
                • KINE 6110 - Professional Issues in Physical Education Teacher Education
                • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
                • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
                Restricted electives - 3 s.h.

                Select from the following:

                • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
                • KINE 5305 - Motor Development
                • KINE 5903 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sensory Impairments
                • KINE 6102 - History and Philosophy of Sport
                • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
              Sport and exercise psychology - 36 s.h.
                Core - 19 s.h.
                • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
                • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6401 - Assessment of Physical Activity and Fitness
                • KINE 6650 - Seminar in Kinesiology (3 s.h.)
                • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
                Restricted electives - 6 s.h.

                Select from the following:

                • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
                • KINE 6440 - Physical Activity Psychology
                • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                Approved electives - 11 s.h.
                Sport management - 36 s.h.
                  Core - 27 s.h.
                  • KINE 6106 - Contemporary Sport
                  • KINE 6131 - Management and Leadership in Sport
                  • KINE 6132 - Legal Aspects of Sport Management
                  • KINE 6133 - Sport Marketing and Public Relations
                  • KINE 6136 - Financial Management in Sport
                  • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                  • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                  • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                  • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                  • KINE 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
                  Restricted electives - 3 s.h.

                  Select from the following:

                  • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
                  • RCLS 6300 - Statistics and Analysis in Health and Human Performance
                  • SOCI 6212 - Social Statistics
                  • SOCI 6213 - Social Statistics Laboratory
                  Approved electives - 6 s.h.
                Nonthesis option

                Select an area of concentration from the following:

                  Adapted physical education - 36 s.h.
                    Core - 21 s.h.
                    • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
                    • KINE 5305 - Motor Development
                    • KINE 5903 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sensory Impairments
                    • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
                    • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                    • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                    • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                    • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                    • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
                    Restricted electives - 9 s.h.

                    Select from the following:

                    • KINE 5904 - Methods in Adaptive Aquatics
                    • KINE 6030 - Physical Activity and Aging
                    • KINE 6102 - History and Philosophy of Sport
                    • KINE 6104 - Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
                    • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
                    • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                    • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                    • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
                    SPED electives - 3 s.h.
                      General electives - 3 s.h.
                      Biomechanics - 36 s.h.
                        Core - 24 s.h.
                        • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
                        • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                        • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                        • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                        • KINE 6500 - Independent Study (3 s.h.)
                        • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                        • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                        • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
                        • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
                        • KINE 7204 - Techniques of Biomechanical Assessment
                        General electives - 12 s.h.
                        Exercise physiology - 36 s.h.
                          Core - 21 s.h.
                          • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                          • KINE 6208 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology
                          • KINE 6209 - Advanced Exercise Prescription
                          • KINE 6210 - Theory and Techniques in Bioenergetics
                          • KINE 6212 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Procedures
                          • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                          • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                          • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
                          General electives - 15 s.h.
                          Physical activity promotion - 36 s.h.
                            Core - 27 s.h.
                            • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
                            • KINE 6115 - Physical Activity and Public Health
                            • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
                            • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                            • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                            • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                            • KINE 6401 - Assessment of Physical Activity and Fitness
                            • KINE 6440 - Physical Activity Psychology
                            • KINE 6254 - Kinesiology Internship
                            • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
                            Restricted electives - 6 s.h.

                            Select from the following:

                            • BIOS 5010 - Epidemiology for Health Professionals
                            • BIOS 7022 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals II
                            • HLTH 6011 - Introduction to Epidemiology
                            • HLTH 6013 - Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
                            • KINE 6030 - Physical Activity and Aging
                            • HLTH 6600 - Needs Assessment in Health Education and Promotion
                            • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                            • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
                            • MKTG 6162 - Marketing Management
                            • PSYC 6333 - Applied Behavior Analysis
                            • PSYC 6353 - Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
                            • RCLS 6100 - Risk Management and Legal Liability in Recreation, Leisure, and Recreational Sport
                            General electives - 3 s.h.
                            Physical education pedagogy - 36 s.h.
                              Core - 24 s.h.
                              • KINE 6101 - Technology and Assessment for Physical Education Teacher Education
                              • KINE 6104 - Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
                              • KINE 6108 - Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education
                              • KINE 6109 - Clinical Supervision in Physical Education
                              • KINE 6110 - Professional Issues in Physical Education Teacher Education
                              • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
                              • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                              • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                              • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                              • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                              Restricted electives - 6 s.h.

                              Select from the following:

                              • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
                              • KINE 5305 - Motor Development
                              • KINE 5903 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sensory Impairments
                              • KINE 6102 - History and Philosophy of Sport
                              • KINE 6207 - Physiology of Exercise
                              • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                              • KINE 7200 - Biomechanics
                              EDUC electives - 3 s.h.
                                General electives - 3 s.h.
                                Sport and exercise psychology - 36 s.h.
                                  Core - 18 s.h.
                                  • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
                                  • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                                  • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                                  • KINE 6401 - Assessment of Physical Activity and Fitness
                                  • KINE 6650 - Seminar in Kinesiology (3 s.h.)
                                  • KINE 6990 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                                  • KINE 6991 - Practicum in Kinesiology
                                  • KINE 6994 - Culminating Research Project
                                  Restricted electives - 6 s.h.

                                  Select from the following:

                                  • KINE 6202 - Motor Learning
                                  • KINE 6440 - Physical Activity Psychology
                                  • KINE 6445 - Sport Psychology
                                  Approved electives - 14 s.h.
                                  Sport management - 36 s.h.
                                    Core - 24 s.h.
                                    • KINE 6106 - Contemporary Sport
                                    • KINE 6131 - Management and Leadership in Sport
                                    • KINE 6132 - Legal Aspects of Sport Management
                                    • KINE 6133 - Sport Marketing and Public Relations
                                    • KINE 6136 - Financial Management in Sport
                                    • KINE 6300 - Research Techniques in Kinesiology
                                    • KINE 6301 - Research Seminar in Kinesiology
                                    • KINE 6254 - Kinesiology Internship (6 s.h.)
                                    Restricted electives - 3 s.h.

                                    Select from the following:

                                    • KINE 6201 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
                                    • RCLS 6300 - Statistics and Analysis in Health and Human Performance
                                    • SOCI 6212 - Social Statistics
                                    • SOCI 6213 - Social Statistics Laboratory
                                    Approved electives - 9 s.h.
                                  For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                                  Careers With This Degree

                                  Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

                                  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
                                  • Health and Human Services
                                  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

                                  Career Opportunities

                                  ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

                                  NC Tower

                                  This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

                                  • Self-employed;
                                  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                                  • Work outside of North Carolina.

                                  US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

                                  This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

                                  Degree-specific internships

                                  For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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