How To Apply

Program Overview

The graduate program in Kinesiology is an integrated study of movement encompassing the physiological, mechanical, and behavioral aspects of physical activity. The curriculum includes lectures and laboratory courses, seminars, independent study, and mentored research or practicum. This is a full-time program that takes two years to complete. Students have the option of pursuing a research track or a clinically applied track. They can also apply for internal and external graduate assistantships that provide stipends.

Learn more about the curriculum.

Academic Preparation

Applicants to the Master of Science in Kinesiology have commonly received undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Sport Science, Human Movement, Applied Physiology, and Physical Education. Applicants from other academic backgrounds are also considered for admission, but note that the following coursework needs to be completed prior to commencing the program:

  • Exercise Physiology*
  • Biomechanics*
  • Psychology (Sport or Exercise Psychology preferred)
  • Exercise Prescription (for those pursuing the clinical track)*

*Anatomy and Physiology are often required as pre-requisites for this coursework.

Review the undergraduate curriculum for the Sport and Exercise Science degree to see comparable coursework.

Application Information

Please visit the Seattle University Graduate Admissions webpage for more information about general requirements for graduate applications to Seattle University. All application fees have been waived for new Fall 2021 applications.

The Kinesiology Department also has the following requirements for applications to the Master of Science in Kinesiology:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from your previous institution
  • Statement of interest (750-1000 words) addressing the following prompt: In 750 to 1,000 words, please describe your interest in the MS Kinesiology atSeattle University. Specifically, please address the following:
    • Why are you interested in the MS Kinesiology at Seattle University?
    • What do you want to achieve by taking part in the program?
    • How do you anticipate contributing to the program?
    • How would this degree advance your future career goals?
  • If you are pursuing the research track, you will also be prompted to describe your area of research interest
  • List of three references, including at least one academic reference
  • If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, you will be required to include a resume

Please note that the application deadline is February 1st.

Have Questions? Contact Us

Erica Rauff

Graduate Program Director


Edra Lyons

Program Coordinator