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5 Reasons to Pursue a Master’s in Kinesiology

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Professor and student
January 15, 2021

A Master's in Kinesiology is a great way to study the theoretical and practical foundations of human activity, and ultimately, land a meaningful career in this important field.

Are you passionate about improving the physical well-being of others?

Do you want to make a positive impact in a variety of health-related fields?

Are you interested in learning more about the evidence-based field of kinesiology?

If this sounds like you, and if you are interested in building a career in sports, fitness, physical education, or health care, a Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) is a great way to study the theoretical and practical foundations of human activity, and ultimately, land a meaningful career in this important field.

Reasons to Get a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology

Graduate school is an investment, plain and simple, but there are a variety of reasons why a professional seeking a career in kinesiology should pursue a master’s degree. Let’s look at five major reasons why you should pursue a kinesiology master’s degree.

1.  Increase your earning potential with a master’s in kinesiology. 

Professionals who obtain a master’s degree in kinesiology are well prepared for a variety of careers, and for that reason, salaries will vary. That said, equipped with graduate-level credentials, you can expect to make thousands of dollars more a year compared to professionals who hold only a bachelor’s degree.

2.  With a master’s in kinesiology, you will expand your professional opportunities.

A master’s in kinesiology opens the door to full-time teaching, coaching and strength-and-conditioning positions in colleges and universities, as well as administrative and leadership roles in the health and fitness industry. With a graduate degree, you can expect to qualify for jobs such as a strength and conditioning coach, a sports psychologist, exercise physiologist, and more.

3.  By enrolling in a graduate kinesiology program, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue advanced certifications and concentrations.

A master’s in kinesiology allows you to pursue advanced credentials, including Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC-AASP) and Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP-ACSM). And specifically, at Pacific Lutheran University, graduate kinesiology students have the chance to obtain one of two concentrations: Applied Sport Psychology and Applied Exercise Science. 

4.  A graduate degree in kinesiology will allow you to specialize your knowledge and skills.

A master’s in kinesiology gives you the knowledge and skills you need to improve your practice and enhance your ability to serve others and the profession. Working professionals in health and fitness careers, public service, and public health can enhance their ability to better serve the needs of society in relation to physical activity promotion and disease prevention.

5.  Equipped with a graduate kinesiology degree, you will build a career with meaning.

Careers in kinesiology-related fields are oriented toward evidence-based service of others, and professionals in these fields get to build a life helping others overcome critical physical and mental challenges as well as accomplish significant movement-related goals. Promoting healthy activity and movement can change an individual’s quality of life for the better, bringing them greater joy, comfort, and confidence.

Learn More About PLU’s Top Kinesiology Graduate Program:

The Master of Science in Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University combines a rigorous academic experience with real-world and impactful applications designed to intentionally address critical gaps in kinesiology training and practice.

Through coursework, mentoring support, and an applied project, M.S. candidates develop the knowledge and skills they need to become effective evidence-based practitioners who can enhance their own career while positively impacting those they serve.

If you are interested in learning more about joining a community of kinesiology experts at PLU, we encourage you to schedule a one-on-one appointment with us! You can also request more information or start your application today. We look forward to helping you achieve your career goals.

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