department of kinesiology

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Kinesiology student in a fitness roomThe URI Department of Kinesiology offers both a bachelor‘s and a master’s degree in Kinesiology. Undergraduate and graduate students can choose from several specializations, depending on your area of interest.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

The B.S. in Kinesiology is designed for students who plan to pursue a variety of careers in the field of exercise science, or want to become certified physical and health education teachers. The exercise science program can also be used to fulfill the prerequisites for students considering graduate degrees in a range of health care professions. Students majoring in Kinesiology can choose one of the following specializations:

Exercise Science

  • Pre-Professional Track: This track provides a great foundation for students considering careers or graduate degrees in clinical health care professions.
  • Applied Track: Designed for students seeking careers or graduate study in exercise science, health fitness, health promotion, preventive medicine and related fields.

Health and Physical Education
Want to teach? This program will get you certified to teach physical and health education at an elementary or secondary school.

  • Teacher Education Track
  • Youth Movement Science Track

Early Contingent Physical Therapy
Are you an exceptional student planning on becoming a physical therapist? This option allows you to apply to URI’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program during your junior year.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master’s degree program is designed for students who might want to pursue future study in a doctoral program, or work in a variety of organizations with an interest in the promotion of regular physical activity. Graduate students can choose one of the following specializations:

Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Culture
This specialization focuses on the social, cultural, political, and ethical aspects of human movement with the ultimate goal of promoting social justice.

Exercise Science
This specialization focuses on physiological concepts related to the acute and chronic effects of exercise on human subjects, with areas of emphasis including exercise and aging, clinical exercise science, obesity, and the interaction between physical activity and health status.

Psychosocial/Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
This specialization focuses on understanding physical activity behavior, including the physiologic foundations of the behavior, and its role and manifestations in society in various forms.

  • All students admitted for the Fall semester will be on the Non-Thesis track, but students who wish to do a thesis project may apply to do so after their first nine credits are complete.  Please see our detailed policy for Non-Thesis and Thesis tracks in the student resources section.
  • The application deadline for the Masters program is July 15, but decisions for Graduate Teaching Assistantships are made in early April.  Please click on the link below for more information on applying to the program.

Kinesiology Master of Science Program Goals & Outcomes

Information on Applying to the Kinesiology Graduate Program

Learning Outcomes

See the list of specific learning outcomes for Kinesiology majors.

Advising Forms

For curriculum sheets and other advising forms, see our Student Resources page.

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