M.S. in Kinesiology

Exercise Science Specialization


This is a 32 credit Master’s degree program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or other related fields.

With this degree, you could pursue future study in a doctoral program related to basic and applied exercise physiology. Or, you could work in the clinical, community, corporate, or government sectors as a specialist in fitness and cardiac rehabilitation.  You will study the physiological concepts related to the acute and chronic effects of exercise on human subjects. Special areas of emphasis include exercise and aging, clinical exercise science, obesity and the interaction between physical activity and health status.


URI’s Kinesiology Master’s curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the physiology of exercise in healthy adults and special populations. The curriculum includes topics in advanced physiology of exercise, theory and practice in physical activity promotion, physiology of physical activity and health, cultural studies in physical activity, and seminars in Kinesiology as core courses. You will have hands-on laboratory experiences in cardiopulmonary physiology, body composition, and microscopic tissue analysis as part of their coursework, and can tailor their program toward a special problems project, a thesis project or an internship in cardiac rehabilitation or fitness program in a community or private setting. Students are mentored by exercise science faculty who collaborate across and off campus, offering opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects.

Program Requirements

Core Kinesiology Courses (8 credits)

  • KIN 562: Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 508: Physical Activity Promotion: Theory and Practice (3)
  • KIN 501: Seminar in Kinesiology (1) – must be repeated twice

* It is recommended that Exercise Science Students select KIN 562

Research Courses (select 6 to 9 credits)

  • KIN 530: Research Methods and Design in Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 599: Master’s Thesis Research (6)


  • KIN 591: Special Problems (3)

* Students taking KIN 591 Special Problems must also complete the comprehensive

Exercise Science Courses (select 9 to 12 credits)

  • KIN 559: Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation (3)
  • KIN 563: Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3)
  • KIN 564: Physiology of Aging (3)
  • KIN 565: Cardiovascular Disease: Prevention and Rehabilitation (3)
  • KIN 531: Advanced Experimental Techniques (3)
  • KIN 592: Internship in Clinical Exercise Science (3)

Recommended Electives (select up to 6 credits – this is only a partial list)

  • KIN 581: Psychological Aspects of a Healthy Lifestyle (3)
  • KIN 595: Independent Study (3)
  • MIC 503: Electron Microscopy (3)
  • MIC 533: Immunology (3)
  • NUT 441: Advanced Human Nutrition (3)
  • NUT 444: Nutrition and Disease (3)
  • BCH 464: Biochemistry of Metabolic Disease (3)
  • BCH 505: Laboratory in Electron Microscopy (3)
  • PCL 644: Cardiovascular Pharmacology (3)
  • BIO 515: Light Microscopy Research Methods (3)
  • HDF 450: Introduction to Counseling (3)
  • MBA 524: Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3)
  • Up to 6 credits of: 1) courses in a related discipline or 2) additional KIN classes as approved by the Major Professor