Kinesiology and Human Performance, MS

College of Health and Wellness

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About the Program Kinesiology and Human Performance Program

Kinesiology and Human Performance involves the scientific study of acute physiological, biomechanical, and nutritional responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions. Exercise scientists like exercise physiologists, biomechanists, nutritionists use exercise as a non-invasive means to investigate changes in physiologic systems, organs, tissues, cells, organelles and molecules. In addition, exercise scientists with a clinical interest study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Moreover, exercise scientists discover health and fitness benefits from different doses and types of physical activity, exercise and diet.

Kinesiology and Human Performance degree provides a strong academic foundation for individuals interested in careers in science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and weight management, lifestyle behavior change, sports physiology, coaching and other health- and fitness-related professions.

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Human Performance provides the flexibility to customize your own program of advanced study in order to enhance your professional preparation and expertise in your current field or prepare for future doctoral studies. This degree requires a total of 36 credits of coursework. The first 12 credits are the Human Performance and Wellness core courses. For the remaining 24 credits, you can choose the specific courses from each specialization that meet your interests and career goals. To customize your program, up to six credits can be chosen from any other graduate level courses offered at Barry.

There is also the option for a Kinesiology and Human Performance degree with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.

You will select a graduate committee of faculty from various areas of specialization. This team will work with you to ensure that your plan of study is right for you and meets all graduation requirements.

View Curriculum Course Descriptions

The Kinesiology and Human Performance program can be personalized to meet your professional goals in your specific areas of interest, including courses in biomechanics, athletic training, exercise physiology and sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

The program is designed to:


Enhance your standing in your current occupation by increasing your knowledge and salary potential


Expand your career options in coaching, teaching, or other sport and exercise-related field.


Prepare you for doctoral studies by developing an interdisciplinary foundation

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    Enhance your standing in your current occupation by increasing your knowledge and salary potential

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    Expand your career options in coaching, teaching, or other sport and exercise-related field.

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    Prepare you for doctoral studies by developing an interdisciplinary foundation

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    This unique program is designed to provide you with a flexible learning environment. While all students will gain the core knowledge of the field, the curriculum's electives, hands-on internships, and research thesis opportunities will enable you to focus on the specific areas that appeal to you.

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    South Florida Location

    The South Florida environment will provide you with a broad range of internship and practicum opportunities, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in different areas of movement science in order to choose a focus that interests you.

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    Our state-of-the-art facilities, including an Athletic Training room, Human Performance Lab, Performance Behavior Lab, and Biomechanics Lab, are designed to provide you with hands-on and research experience.

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    Since you will have the ability to take classes in all four areas of specialization, you will have access to all of the internationally-recognized faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Sport & Exercise Sciences Programs Faculty

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.
We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

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You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
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The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
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