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Kinesiology, Exercise Science Option, Thesis, MS

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Department of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Arthur-Cameselle, Jessyca, EdD, sport and exercise psychology.
Brilla, Lorraine, PhD, exercise physiology/nutrition.
Buddhadev, Harsh, PhD, biomechanics/motor control.
Chalmers, Gordon, PhD, motor control.
Franks, Hillary, PhD, pedagogy.
Hilgendorf, Kari Jo, PhD, exercise physiology/nutrition.
Keeler, Linda, EdD, sport and exercise psychology.
San Juan, Jun, PhD, biomechanics/athletic training.
Suprak, David, PhD, biomechanics/strength and conditioning.
Washburn, Nicholas, PhD, pedagogy.

Program Advisor: Lorrie Brilla, 360-650-3056, Lorrie.Brilla@wwu.edu

Program Description

Graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is offered with two options: exercise science and sport psychology.

The purpose of the exercise science option is to provide students with the technical and professional knowledge necessary for the assessment and improvement of human movement and performance. Students will be provided with information that will assist them in the design and implementation of programs that enhance human movement and performance. Through independent research and inquiry, students will solve problems associated with human movement and performance.


The educational mission of the program is to develop individuals who make informed decisions about exercise, human movement, and performance that foster health and physically active lifestyles. To this end faculty are dedicated to quality teaching, scholarship and service.


Kinesiology major/minor or equivalent courses from the exercise science, behavioral and cultural and professional activity areas are required prerequisites for the graduate program. An applicant to the Exercise Science Program who does not have a Kinesiology-related major or minor must take the following equivalency courses: three courses from the exercise science area (KIN 306, 308, 309, 311, 312, 410, 413, 416), one behavioral and cultural foundations course (KIN 320, 321, 421), and two credits from the PE 100-level activity courses.

All applicants must have taken an introductory statistics course. These courses may be taken concurrently with graduate courses but must be completed before submitting a thesis proposal. Equivalent courses taken at other institutions may be applied.

Application Information

Admission: Program faculty will review application materials for notification by January 15 and will continue to review materials until the enrollment is reached or June 1, whichever comes first for fall quarter admission. Students may enter at other quarters. Because maximum student enrollment in the exercise science program is limited, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application materials by January 15. The exercise science area accepts students every year.

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam, General Test; applicants with advanced degrees are not required to submit GRE scores.

Deadlines: Please see Graduate School deadlines.

TA Deadlines: To receive full consideration for a graduate teaching assistantship, applicants should have their application materials reviewed by January 15.

Supporting Materials:

  • Students must submit a written statement of purpose outlining areas of interest, goals for graduate study and future career plans relating to the degree.
  • Recommendations must include at least two from faculty who can comment on academic abilities and potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Transcripts displaying GPA (can be unofficial).


Program Requirements (47-50 credits)

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