Kinesiology, M.S./Ph.D.


The M.S./Ph.D. program is designed for exceptional students who have demonstrated superior ability and a high level of motivation and dedication to research and learning. This program is expected to span approximately five years. You are expected to meet the requirements of the M.S. degree following the first two years and may elect to complete six hours of integrative/research-related activity to receive this degree should you choose not to complete the requirements of the Ph.D. 

To be eligible for consideration for admittance into the M.S./Ph.D. program, you must complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the enrollment date, have evidence of prior research experience, and have the endorsement of the faculty member you plan to study with at UNCG.

You can choose from one of the following concentrations: Applied Neuromechanics, Exercise Physiology, Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and general Kinesiology – includes specializations in Community Youth Sport Development and Motor Behavior. 

For over a century, the Department of Kinesiology has been a cornerstone department of the University. Beginning as the Department of Physiology and Physical Culture in the Women’s College in 1892, the department took the progressive view that women should be physically active to improve their health and wellness. As the department evolved and grew with the university, our name changed, but our mission to promote education in and instruction of physical health remains at our core.

Program Distinctions

  • The M.S./Ph.D. program is highly competitive. 
  • Allows students to finish a Ph.D. in less time than separate M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The Student Experience

The department offers a number of graduate assistantships and opportunities to gain practical experience, both paid and unpaid.

After Graduation

Students can successfully transition into careers in academia or private industry.

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Program Details

College/School: School of Health and Human Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

Kinesiology Department
Coleman Building, 2nd floor, Suite 250
1408 Walker Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27402

Dr. DeAnne Brooks
Kinesiology Graduate Program Director