Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology at Temple’s College of Public Health prepares students to pursue doctoral programs or research-based and applied careers focused on human movement in all its forms. The degree offers concentrations in two distinct disciplines within kinesiology: Integrative Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training.

Integrative Exercise Physiology (IEP) Concentration

The concentration in Integrative Exercise Physiology trains students in pragmatic understandings of the field of exercise physiology, including in clinical, sport and research settings. Students learn to develop and implement research-informed training programs and exercise prescriptions in order to promote and improve physical fitness and health in individuals. A strong foundation in biomedical research prepares future researchers and trains future health professionals to employ evidence-based practices in their work.

Many graduates of the Kinesiology MS program apply to research-intensive doctoral programs, such as the PhD in Kinesiology concentration in Integrative Exercise Physiology, and ultimately become exercise scientists and clinical researchers.

Graduates of this master’s program interested in clinical practice can pursue careers as clinical exercise physiologists who conduct assessments of patients’ cardiovascular, pulmonary and skeletal muscle systems. Exercise physiologists may work in hospitals and rehabilitation centers as part of a healthcare team, and their work contributes to the identification of disease. Graduates can also pursue roles as personal trainers who work with clients to ensure that they exercise in the most effective and safe ways.

Athletic Training (AT) Concentration

The concentration in Athletic Training is open only to currently certified athletic trainers and students currently enrolled in an accredited professional AT program. If you are interested in becoming an athletic trainer but you are not one currently, you should apply to our Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

The research-focused concentration in Athletic Training prepares students to critically evaluate research-based evidence and contribute new knowledge to the discipline through original research. The program is designed for certified athletic trainers who want to build their careers through an understanding of evidence-based practice and advanced experiential knowledge.

The program places particular emphasis on the scientific examination of brain injury, repetitive stress to the upper extremity and sensorimotor control systems. Students are trained to conduct scientific inquiries; evaluate accepted clinical practice; and create, disseminate and clinically apply new knowledge that enhances the proficiency of sports injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in physically active populations.

Graduates of the Athletic Ttraining program are prepared to become leaders in a wide range of clinical athletic training environments, or pursue advanced research training in doctoral programs such as the PhD in Kinesiology concentration in Athletic Training and the Doctorate of Athletic Training.

What sets us apart?

  • Renowned faculty and strong research activity: You will be able to participate in research projects with faculty members who are recognized experts in their fields, including sports-related concussion, molecular/cellular effects of exercise, clinical research and policy development in sports.
  • A dynamic urban environment: The College of Public Health maintains relationships with top-tier healthcare systems, athletics programs and rehabilitation centers across the Philadelphia region, providing students with a wide range of opportunities for internships and practical experience.  
  • An interdisciplinary approach to learning: The College of Public Health facilitates interprofessional collaboration. Students will be able to engage with faculty and scholars across many disciplines, including kinesiology, nursing, physical therapy and public health.  
  • Funding for AT Concentration students: Students in the AT concentration may receive programmatic financial support through graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants may teach in the Department of Kinesiology or be placed in clinical athletic training positions.

Program Format

IEP Concentration

Students are strongly encouraged to take full-time classes and typically complete the program in two years. The program’s culminating experience is flexible: Students can complete a clinical internship, a formal thesis or a mentored research project in order to best prepare for their chosen career goals. See a full list of program courses.

AT Concentration

Students are required to take full-time classes and can complete the program in two years. For your culminating experience, you will complete an independent research project with faculty guidance.

Each student will create three goals each semester in order to advance their clinical practice, in cooperation with the clinical education coordinator for the program. Students work on these clinical goals through targeted readings and hands-on practice over the course of the semester.

Students also complete a surgery observation and physician shadowing, as well as creating workshops for professional-level students in Temple’s MS in Athletic Training program. See a full list of program courses.

Tuition and Funding for Students

Note: the following tuition rates are only applicable to Integrative Exercise Physiology concentration students. The Athletic Training concentration offers full funding for all students. 


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