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EIU Master of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Studies

The department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern Illinois University offers a high-quality Master of Science degree with concentrations in exercise science and sport administration.

The M.S. in KSS program prepares students to be leaders in their chosen field by integrating scholarly activity and a challenging curriculum. The program provides opportunities for students to network and explore the career path that fits their passions. The M.S. in KSS program is designed to prepare students for the workplace or a Ph.D. program in their chosen concentration.

We encourage you to learn more about the unique opportunities we offer, read a letter from our program’s coordinator and apply now by searching the other sections of our website. Thank you for your interest in our program, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Why Choose EIU for KSS

Career Pathways

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 Witke, Director of Player Personnel

Brad Witke has worked his way into a football front office quickly. 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.

Study Abroad

Each year our students have an opportunity to travel to England to develop personally and professionally. Find out more...

Capstone Experiences

The M.S. in KSS program boasts a number of capstone experiences designed to link theoretical principles learned in the classroom with practical experience.

Abby Moulton, exercise science

Abby Moulton works in the Wellness Department at Sarah Bush Health Center as a Wellness Assistant. Read more...

Facilities and Technology

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.

Graduate Assistantships

EIU’s KSS department offers seven Exercise Science Graduate Assistantships each year. This is a great opportunity for graduate students, accepted to the KSS Exercise Science program, who want to gain hands-on experiences in addition to traditional graduate coursework.

Click here for more on our graduate assistantship program.


Exercise Science

Students in our Exercise Science concentration have flexibility in their course work to prepare for careers in scientifically based exercise programs with an emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness or personal training and strength and conditioning. Click here for more information on this program.

Sports Administration

Students in our Sport Administration concentration take courses in a curriculum modeled after the standards of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The concentration provides unique opportunities for our students by partnering with local, regional, national, and global sport organizations to provide students with practical experience while enrolled at EIU. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

Don't take our word for it

"The EIU KSS Department provided me with everything I needed to be prepared to work in the health and fitness industry. The combination of class work and hands-on learning gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to achieve my career goals.”

Lindsey Williamson, B.S. in Physical Education ('06), M.S. in Physical Education ('07)

"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. ”

Melissa Carls, Clinical Exercise Physiologist ('09)

“The Kinesiology and Sport Studies Department has provided me with so many wonderful learning experiences that will truly help me thrive in my career as a physical education teacher.”

Kala Crotty, B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Physical Education Teacher Certification ('16)

"I can say with 100 percent certainty that I would not be where I am today without the support I received (and continue to receive) from my mentor Dr. Jeff Willardson and the entire kinesiology and sports studies department at EIU.”

Zach Pope, Exercise Science ('14)

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Contact Information

Dr. Scott Ronspies, Graduate Coordinator

2504 - Lantz Arena
Fax: 217-581-7973

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