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Kinesiology and Health Promotion - Master's Degree Program

The world needs more unbendable optimism and that's what you'll find at the University of Wyoming's Kinesiology and Health Promotion M.S. program. Here you'll find an outstanding cohort of scholars dedicated to improving, optimizing, healing and preserving human health, performance and wellness as they prepare graduate students for a future in kinesiology and health promotion.

Whether your focus is Exercise and Sports Science, Health Promotion and Education or Physical Education Teacher Education, you'll be prepared to improve the lives of others and explore new frontiers in the area of health, fitness and performance.

In this highly individualized program, students will work one-on-one with a faculty member in their interest area to design a program of study tailored to their future aspirations. Here you'll obtain the knowledge necessary to understand and apply principles, skills and methods related to biomechanics, exercise physiology, community and public health, motor learning, physical education teaching and sport and exercise psychology.

What Is Kinesiology? 

Simply stated, kinesiology is the scientific study of body movement. At the graduate level, a master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion can pave the way for specialization and leadership roles in the areas of health, athletics, education and fitness.

You may coach an elite team to an NCAA championship, prepare for a career in medicine, open a fitness center of your own or work in public health guiding society to a better, healthier way of living. 

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Science (M.S.)


Resident Tuition: $311/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $920/credit hour

Division of Kinesiology and Health

More than half of our Kinesiology and Health Promotion M.S. program graduates will continue their education, either obtaining a Ph.D. or entering a professional program such as medical school, occupational or physical therapy.

Kinesiology and Health Master’s Degree Program Highlights

Here are some reasons to consider the UW graduate program in Kinesiology and Health Promotion:

Faculty-practitioners. We have 12 full-time, tenure-track faculty who conduct research in the disciplines of biomechanics, community and public health, exercise physiology, motor learning, physical education teacher education and sport and exercise psychology.

Research and internships. Students in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion M.S. program can expect to actively engage in research with their faculty adviser. Where appropriate, internships may also be a part of the program of study.

Graduate assistantships. Full-time students on the Laramie, Wyoming, campus may pursue graduate assistantships. GAs are provided with stipends along with faculty research opportunities and college-level teaching experiences. There are also a small number of scholarships available for our Kinesiology and Health graduate students.

Online flexibility. If you choose an emphasis in Physical Education (Teaching Only), you can maintain your current work and personal commitments with this 100% online program. This program is only for current physical education instructors.

What Can You Do With a Kinesiology and Health Promotion Master’s Degree?

The Kinesiology and Health Promotion M.S. program at the University of Wyoming will prepare you for leadership roles in the health, fitness and wellness industries, or doctoral studies in health-related fields and professional schools such as medical school, physical therapy school and physician’s assistant programs.

With careers ranging from sports medicine to public policy, the individualized programs we offer will prepare you for the career of your choice.

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Careers

UW Kinesiology and Health Promotion M.S. graduates have gone on to become:

  • Medical doctors
  • Sports and personal coaches
  • Public health administrators
  • Physical therapists
  • Biomedical researchers
  • Sports and exercise psychology professionals
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialists

Amazing Stories From Kinesiology and Health Promotion Graduate Students

“The classes I took through the kinesiology department helped me finish my prerequisites for PA school.”

-Katie Cawthorne, M.S. Kinesiology and Health ’15, Physician’s Assistant

Examples of Kinesiology and Health Degree Program Courses

The Kinesiology and Health M.S. program covers a wide range of topics. Our students create an academic program in conjunction with a graduate faculty member and nearly all content-based classes are tailored specifically to the student's focus area.

Here are just some of the classes you could take as a Kinesiology and Health graduate student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Biomechanics
  • Food, Health & Justice
  • Global Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport Sociology

View the full Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion degree program curriculum

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