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EIU Master of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Studies

About the Program

The Master of Science in Kinesiology and Sport Studies degree program provides students with an opportunity to become global leaders and scholars in the concentration of their choosing. Our program offers a rigorous, affordable three-semester program in which students may complete their degree in one calendar year. Our students choose between one of two concentration areas: Exercise Science (Clinical option) or (Fitness option) and Sport Administration.

In addition to the core courses in their chosen concentration, students take courses that prepare them to become involved in the academic discourse in their area of study. All of our students complete capstone courses and/or projects that require them to critically analyze and solve problems facing current industry practitioners. Furthermore, all of our students have the opportunity to participate in our study abroad programs. Our department maintains strong relationships with other universities and sport and fitness organizations in Europe and Canada. Each May, our students have the opportunity to become global scholars by traveling to the University of Winchester in Winchester, England.

Finally, there are a variety of graduate assistantships available to our students both in our department and beyond that provide our students with a tuition waiver and monthly stipend. Often, our students work as graduate assistants in the KSS Department Adult Fitness Program, EIU Student Recreation Center, EIU Athletics and with local cardiac rehabilitation programs. Prospective students are encouraged to visit each individual unit's website for application instructions.


What Do I Need to Submit??

Prospective students who are interested in the KSS graduate program need to submit the following materials to the KSS graduate coordinator:

1. Application to the graduate school (This will be sent to our department once the graduate school receives it from you)

2. Statement of Purpose ( Why do you want to obtain a Master's Degree from KSS?)

3. Transcripts (Official copies)

4. Three letters of recommendation

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Scott Ronspies (



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Dr. Scott Ronspies, Graduate Coordinator

2504 - Lantz Arena
Fax: 217-581-7973

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