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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Kinesiology, Exercise Science Option, Thesis, MS

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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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.
Keeler, Linda, EdD, sport and exercise psychology.
Robey, Nathan, PhD, exercise physiology/injury prevention and rehabilitation.
San Juan, Jun, PhD, biomechanics/athletic training.
Suprak, David, PhD, biomechanics/strength and conditioning.

Program Advisor: Dr. Linda Keeler, Linda.Keeler@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.

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. All students must have taken an introductory statistics course (MATH 240 or equivalent). The statistics course may be taken concurrently with graduate courses but must be completed before enrolling in KIN 506.

Application Information

Admission: Program faculty will review application materials starting January 15 and will continue to review materials until the enrollment is reached or June 1, whichever comes first for fall quarter admission. The exercise science area accepts students every year. After initial screening of applicants, the faculty will select individuals for video conferencing interviews.

Deadlines: January 15.

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

Supporting Materials: Please see Graduate School Admissions details.

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