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Graduate students in the M.S. in KSS are able to develop valuable professional networks that lead to full time employment upon graduation. We boast a rapidly growing alumni network and list of strategic partnerships that allow our students to connect with industry professionals in their selected area of concentration.

Brad Wittke, Director of Player Personnel

Brad Witke

Brad has worked his way into a football front office quickly. As the Director of Player Personnel for the Pittsburgh Power, Brad oversees the team's scouting and recruiting department with Head Coach Derek Stingley to make all team personnel decisions. Read more...



Study Abroad

Creating an environment that facilitates global learning is vital to the development of our students. Each year, our program offers students the opportunity to travel to Winchester, England for a two-week intensive study program. This elective course engages our students in international discussions of sport, recreation, and exercise. Students enrolled in this course deliver guest lectures on the campus of the University of Winchester regarding sport in the United States. They then engage in critical discussions with students and faculty at Winchester covering the variety of issues facing industry professionals in Europe. This program takes students to London for tours of English Premier League soccer stadiums, Wembley Stadium, and the facilities that housed the 2012 London Olympic Games. In all, this experience allows our students to truly become international scholars.

The Sport Industry in the U.K.

study abroad students

Studying abroad represents an opportunity to engage your discipline as a global scholar. Each year our students have an opportunity to travel to England to develop personally and professionally. Our students and faculty pictured are on a day trip to Southampton, England and the English Premier League soccer club, Southampton FC's stadium.



Capstone Experiences

Abby Moulton

Abby Moulton

Abby Moulton, an exercise science major, knew she wanted to continue at Eastern for her Master’s degree in exercise science with a focus on the clinical side even during her undergraduate years. Read more...


The M.S. in KSS program boasts a number of capstone experiences designed to link theoretical principles learned in the classroom with practical experience. Our supervised experiences and mentored research opportunities are focal points of graduate education in each of our areas of concentration. All Sports Administration and sport pedagogy/coaching students complete an internship in the area of their desired employment. Our exercise science students complete a practical experience as trainers and administrators of the EIU Adult Fitness program, and the students in our clinical option also complete a supervised experience in cardiac rehabilitation at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in the neighboring city of Mattoon, Illinois. Further, students who choose to complete a thesis have the opportunity to become active scholars in their concentration area. These capstone experiences provide our students with hands-on doing and practical know-how employers seek, and immediately give our students the background to excel as the move down their chosen career path.

Zach Pope

Zack Pope

After transferring to Eastern as a junior, Zachary Pope knew his next step for his career was to continue his graduate studies in kinesiology and sports studies here. Read more...


Facilities & Technology

Jessica Wilson: Bridging the Flexibility Gap Between Genders

Males tend to be less flexible than females, and Jessica Wilson, a graduate assistant for the Adult Fitness program, has been digging deeper into the subject by working with college-aged males to try and improve their flexibility through various stretching and range of motion techniques. The goal is to see which option produces the best results and use that information to develop a routine males could complete 2-3 times a week to improve their flexibility. Wilson has been working with Professor Brian Pritschet to develop this idea.


Students in our program are afforded the opportunity to work with the most innovative and effective technologies and facilities available for the study of kinesiology and sport.

Clinical Exercise Physiologist Melissa Carls

Melissa Carls

"As a Clinical Exercise Physiologist I work for a company that provides physicians with the ability to offer better patient care. By performing cardiopulmonary exercise stress tests the physicians are given a thorough look at their patients' heart and lung function. From my report the physician is able to conclude if there are any existing heart or lung problems, assess the patient's fitness level, and customize a specific exercise program to enhance weight loss."