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The Master of Kinesiology (MK) and the Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) are designed to accommodate students with diverse academic backgrounds. The MK program is practitioner oriented, concluding with an internship and project. The MSK is research oriented and suited for those students particularly interested in pursuing a doctoral or professional degree. This degree requires the completion of a thesis, which must be successfully defended at a final oral examination. Both programs offer three areas of emphasis: behavioral, biophysical, and socio-historical studies. When applying for admission to either the MK or MSK program, applicants will select one area of emphasis.


Degree Requirements

Master of Kinesiology, MK
Master of Science in Kinesiology, MS

Contact Information

Dr. Shelley Lucas
Bronco Gym/Kinesiology Building
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1710

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. Letter of application describing background, academic interests, career goals, and how this degree will assist you in achieving those goals. Applicants to the MS and MK programs should also identify a potential mentor.
  4. Your professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Official scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical reports of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. The GRE must have been taken within five years of application. Please note that applicants posting verbal and quantitative scores of 33% and above will receive favorable attention.
  6. Three letters of recommendation. Letters for MAL applicants should address your professional competencies, potential for leadership, personal and professional integrity, and any other information that will help the selection committee make an informed decision.


Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Please see the Kinesiology Graduate Programs page for the most current information on graduate assistantships.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1