College of Communication & Education

MA in Kinesiology


Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are well prepared to work in a variety of physical activity professions serving people of all ages. Student-centered instruction blending theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience makes our graduates attractive candidates for careers or advanced study in fitness leadership, physical education, and sports medicine. The Department of Kinesiology is fortunate to have quality facilities on campus and access to beautiful outdoor areas in Northern California. The department is housed in the new 64,000 square foot Yolo Hall located adjacent to the Shurmer-Acker Gym complex and playing fields. Department majors utilize dedicated laboratories for adapted physical education, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness, motor behavior, and pedagogy. Other instructional facilities include dance studios, a climbing wall, a ropes course, two gymnasiums, swimming pools, a track, weight training/fitness rooms, and golf, soccer and multipurpose fields.


The graduate program in Kinesiology prepares students to develop, apply, and advance knowledge of human movement and lifelong physical health and well-being. Through an interdisciplinary approach, graduates will develop the skills, knowledge, and research experience for careers in adapted physical activity, biomechanics, coaching, pedagogy, physiology, and sport and exercise psychology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a master’s degree in Kinesiology at Chico State will be able to:

  1. Content Knowledge: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of Kinesiology subdisciplines.
  2. Research: Interpret, evaluate, and design research to advance the field of kinesiology through scientific inquiry.
  3. Communication: Communicate interdisciplinary knowledge of kinesiology in varied formats to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  4. Application: Apply evidence-based practices to address problems or research questions in kinesiology.