Master of Science in Kinesiology

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The Master of Science in Kinesiology program prepares graduate students to advance the fields of Kinesiology through evidenced-based patient care and translational research. The program emphasizes basic and clinical interdisciplinary education and research in areas of kinesiology.  The MS in Kinesiology has three concentrations that include clinical, research (thesis) and sports performance.

Applied Physiology Concentration (Thesis required)

The Applied Physiology concentration is excellent preparation for those planning to continue their education through the Ph.D., either in kinesiology or a related field (biology, rehabilitation Sciences, physiology, etc). Students selecting this concentration will also be well qualified for employment in aspects of the health industry or in research labs.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (Thesis Optional)

The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration is a CAAHEP-accredited program that is designed to prepare students to become clinical exercise physiologists. Clinical exercise physiologists are employed in inpatient and outpatient clinical/rehabilitation settings (e.g. cardiopulmonary rehab programs), general wellness/fitness commercial and corporate settings, and industrial settings that provide health care services for both diseased and healthy populations. Through a blend of classroom instruction and clinical experience, the degree program teaches a wide variety of specific health care skills, knowledge, and behaviors within the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neoplastic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic practice areas.

Sports Performance Concentration

The modern Sports Performance profession relies heavily on evidence-based research in implementing strength and conditioning programs. The curriculum for the active and available sports performance concentration consists of high quality instruction on cutting edge theoretical concepts related to strength and conditioning.  The instructors are researchers trained and certified in strength and conditioning from professional organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  In addition, students will have practical requirements with exposure to innovative programming at UNC Charlotte’s Athletics Department and successful community facilities.  Since the majority of strength and conditioning positions require a master’s degree with certifications from reputable organizations including NSCA,  our sports performance program will produce highly qualified and marketable practitioners in career fields related to athletic performance.

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Why Choose Our Program?
  • The program is designed to best prepare you for success on the Board of Certification examination

  • Our faculty continuously achieve regional, state, and national recognition as experts in their field in teaching, scholarship and research. They provide you with the personal attention, instruction, guidance and the mentoring you need

  • The program has a wide variety of clinical opportunities to help you best prepare for future job opportunities

  • The program will prepare you in evidence-based practice to help with clinical decision making

  • State-of-the-art labs         

“The kinesiology program has helped me grow academically and has prepared me for a professional career with all of the opportunities and resources that are available. The Health Risk Assessment Program played a pivotal role in preparing me for the clinical work settings with all of the research and hands-on work that was being done.”  -Kivana Keene

Career Options

Clinical Exercise Physiologists can work in a number of places including: 

  • Cardiac, pulmonary or cancer rehabs

  • Weight management facilities

  • Corporate, government and community wellness programs

  • Fitness facilities 

  • Hospitals and doctors offices 

  • Lecturer at collegiate level and community college

  • Continue graduate education at a doctoral level and other professional programs (Ph.D., P.A., P.T.,  medical school, etc.)

Applied Physiology concentration prepares the student for:

  • Doctoral programs

  • Lab manager/technician

  • Pharmaceutical/Medical Product Sales Representative

  • Lecturer at collegiate level and community college

  • Medical manager

  • Genetic counselor

Sports Performance concentration is all encompassing including:

  • Strength and Conditioning coach at high school level, collegiate, professional and olympic level

  • Tactical strength and conditioning facilitator

  • Entrepreneurial - sport coach/owner of a sports performance facility

  • Continue graduate education at a doctoral level

  • Lecturer at collegiate level and community college

The small class sizes made it easy to network with classmates and form relationships with the faculty and staff. The curriculum, practicum and laboratory classes provided me invaluable hands on experience which gave me the confidence to succeed in the field upon graduation. I landed my dream job at one of my practicum sites and could not be happier!” -Nicole Winchell

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Our faculty believe strongly that an appropriate educational experience, especially one that trains clinical practitioners, should have a large clinical component. You will experience at least 600 clinical hours in a variety of different areas where clinical exercise physiologists practice within the Charlotte region. These practicum experiences will take place at local high schools, universities and other CSCS-certified agencies. During time spent at practicums for the Sports Performance Concentration, you will complete the Capstone project and NSCA credential attempt. 

Clinical Practicum Facilities (CEP)

  • Novant Health - Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab

    • Charlotte

    • Huntersville

    • Matthews 

    • Rowan 

  • Novant Health Cancer Wellness

  • Atrium Health - Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab

    • Concord

    • Morrocroft

    • Pineville 

    • Union

  • Frye Regional Medical Center - Cardiac/Pulmonary rehab

  • CaroMont Health - Cardiac/Pulmonary rehab

  • Carolina Weight Management 

  • Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Senior Centers 

  • Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates 

  • Sharon Towers 

Sports Performance Practicum Facilities

  • UNC Charlotte Athletics 

  • Charlotte Athletic Club 

  • MuscleRX 

  • Champion Sports Performance 

  • Davidson College Strength and Conditioning 

  • Charlotte Christian School

  • Charlotte Country Day School 

  • Architect Sports and Physical Therapy 

  • Providence Day School

  • United States Performance Center

Interested? Click here to apply, connect with our graduate admissions team, learn about financial aid options, or contact the program director. 


Contact Information

Program Director
Dr. Susan Tsivitse Arthur

Practicum Coordinator for Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration
Dr. Trudy Moore-Harrison


Practicum Coordinator for Sports Performance concentration
Dr. Joseph Marino