Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

MS in Kinesiology: Online/Blended Program

Graduate degree: Master of Science

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program explores the relationship of movement and physical activity to human well-being. This graduate program is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of biomechanics and their ability to do movement analysis of skills or tasks. The successful graduates will be able to excel as coaches or in clinical and rehabilitation settings. The kinesiology program also prepares graduates to enter a doctoral program or medical school. 

The MS in Kinesiology at the University of Mary is delivered in a blended format that includes online and face-to-face classes, enabling students to live and work in another community while completing the graduate degree. Students come to our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota once in the fall and once in the spring for a 3-5 day period for the on-site portion of the program.

Kinesiology Master’s Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in kinesiology at an affordable, private, Catholic university. The University of Mary offers a challenging and rewarding graduate program that provides a unique mix of direct instruction and clinical practice. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Have the flexibility you need to achieve your graduate degree with a program designed for working professionals that blends online and face-to-face classes.
  • Gain hands-on, clinical experience through evidence-based practice and internship opportunities.
  • Enjoy close working relationships with faculty who bring professional and real-life experiences to the classroom.
  • Develop leadership skills in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for kinesiologists is expected to grow quickly over the coming decade. In addition, holding a master’s degree in kinesiology will help to expand your employment options in a wide range of careers.

Term 1

EDU 551 Critique & Design of Research
HPS 501 Foundations & Concepts in Human Performance
EDU 531 Ethics in Education & Human Performance
EDU 560 Sports Compliance OR HPS 617 Human Performance Nutrition

Term 2

EDU 565 Statistics 
EDU 567 Diversity in Cultural & Human Relations
HPS 505 Psychology of Human Performance
HPM 600 Internship

Term 3

HPM 635 Motor Learning (BLENDED)
HPM 670 Kinesiology (BLENDED)
HPM 700 Capstone Internship/Project OR HPM 703 Thesis

Term 4

HPM 660 Biomechanics(BLENDED)
EDU 543 Coaching Today’s Athlete OR HPS 602 Strength & Conditioning(BLENDED)
HPM 702 Capstone Project OR HPM 704 Thesis

Outcomes Assessment
Graduation Application Deadline
Commencement-Bismarck Civic Center

Complete the FAFSA application annually to apply for financial aid at Contact
the Office of Financial Assistance at 701-355-8244 if you have questions.

Students are required to maintain ½ time enrollment in each semester to be eligible for federal financial aid, including Stafford Loans. Half-time enrollment for graduate students is a minimum of 5 credits per semester.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, exercise science, physical education, or a related field. They must also possess a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for acceptance.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisor:  Rachel Johnson Krug

For more information on the MS in Kinesiology program, please contact Rachel Johnson Krug at rak[email protected] or the University of Mary Graduate Admissions Office at (800) 288-6279.

If you are considering a master’s degree in kinesiology, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary: