Master of Movement Science

Students who receive a Master of Science in Movement Science study human movement in depth from different perspectives. Our graduate faculty are leading scholars in several movement-related areas including exercise physiology, motor control and development, biomechanics, and sport-related injury prevention. In addition to coursework, our program provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable and relevant research experience focused on topics such as obesity, diabetes, mechanisms and prevention of joint injury, concussion, movement-based rehabilitation, and learning and adaptation of motor behavior across the lifespan. Graduate training often involves collaborations with other units on campus including engineering, psychology, public health and medicine. An important aspect of our program is the flexibility in course selection and research areas which allow students to tailor their program of study to fit individual interests. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue doctoral research studies, professional health care programs including medicine and rehabilitation, health and wellness, as well as positions in the private and public sector.

  • Master's students getting hands on experience
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Program Overview

Degree Requirements

Students in the Master of Science in Movement Science program must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree;
  • Complete KINESLGY 615 (Philosophy of Science in Kinesiology Research);
  • Complete one graduate-level research statistics course outside of Kinesiology;
  • Elect at least 9 hours of Kinesiology course work. Five of these may be for independent research (e.g. KINESLGY 684), practicum experience, or internships (e.g. KINESLGY 680 and 686);
  • Complete at least four credits in cognate work outside of Kinesiology (included in the 30 credits).

Thesis Option

A student with a B+ average for the first twelve credit hours of graduate work will be permitted to proceed with writing a master’s thesis. In addition to a thesis advisor, the student must have two other faculty members serve on his/her thesis committee. Students considering writing a thesis are strongly encouraged to discuss possible topics with potential thesis advisors soon after entering the program.

Alumni Spotlight

Taritonye B. Burutolu (M.S. 2010)

Continuing on from the undergraduate program to the comprehensive M.S. program in Kinesiology was an undeniably great decision for me. Not only because I could continue my world-class U-M Kinesiology experience, but also because the M.S. program allowed me to shape my education in a way that best fit my career goals and interests. Through this program, I've collaborated with students and faculty, conducted research, and learned more about Kinesiology and myself than I could have imagined. My experience here at U-M Kinesiology’s graduate program simply cannot be duplicated elsewhere—it's truly unique.

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The courses you take will vary, depending on your educational goals.  All courses taken for graduate credit carry the KINESLGY program code.

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