Master of Science in Kinesiology & Exercise Science
If you’re interested in how the human body moves, works and performs, College of Saint Mary’s new Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science is for you.
Coursework will emphasize advanced biological science and human movement. You’ll study injury prevention, strength and conditioning, muscle action, and structure. You’ll also learn how to develop and assess human movement and prescribe individual or group exercise programs. The curriculum will help you and your classmates develop the skills needed to understand and interpret data involved in exercise science research, and you’ll complete a professional field experience that meets your personal interests while preparing you for your career.
Your degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science will open doors to careers in wellness, fitness, sports performance, recovery therapy, biomechanics, higher education, and related fields involving human motion.
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
Corporate Wellness is making a major return to the industry. Companies are hiring degreed individuals who are able to teach proper fitness classes in group or individual settings at the worksite. A trend in senior fitness is occurring due to our population living longer and needed exercise professionals who are able to create functional movement classes and assist with improving daily living activities through strength and flexibility concepts. Private and community centers are now proactively hiring qualified individuals who are able to provide assessments and improve the wellness of their participants.
Strength & Conditioning Specialists
Fitness is not the only component being sought after in professional or commercial environments. Improving the ability to promote sport performance is no longer for only professional athletes. The general population is becoming sensitive to new trends and interests that are not being offered at health clubs or fitness venues. The concept of training like a professional athlete or making safe but proper athletic goals now goes beyond becoming healthier or fitter. More private and professional organizations offer different forms of sport specific training that were once only reserved for highly paid athletes. Besides providing jobs for the professional teams, careers at major colleges and universities, amateur sports organizations, and public schools are now hiring these professionals. Close to 90% of these jobs will require not only the undergraduate degree in Kinesiology but a certification in Strength & Conditioning from the National Strength & Conditioning Association or the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association. New mandates require all collegiate strength & conditioning professional to be certified by these organizations in order to obtain or maintain employment. The College of Saint Mary will prepare students for this profession and offer the certification exams at the end of their studies.
Higher Education (Coaching and/or teaching)
Teaching at the 2 year or 4 year institution will require a graduate degree. These jobs are available nation-wide and at the 4 year institution, will require a terminal degree in order to qualify this position. Those who want to coach at this level will need a graduate degree, preferably in the field of Kinesiology. Community colleges will require the ability to coach a sport and teach fitness classes at most districts nationwide. The four year institution will have a desire to create or pursue a research agenda or track. The College of Saint Mary program will provide a sound foundation for promoting this career.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, or chiropractors help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These clinical professionals are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Many of these clinicians major in Kinesiology & Exercise Science before moving on to graduate programs. Having a background in movement science has provided positive foundation for these professionals.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics