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Master of Science in Kinesiology

Barton’s Kinesiology graduate program takes your knowledge of fitness, human performance, and exercise science to the next level. You will gain the edge you need in your career through the national certifications incorporated within your coursework.

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4+1 Fast Track to Your Master’s Degree!

Barton undergraduates can earn your B.S. in Exercise Science and your M.S. in Kinesiology at the same time. Meet with your academic advisor to declare your interest in the 4+1 program. In this pathway, students take one graduate course in the fall and spring of senior year.

Five Years. Two Degrees.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • 3.00 GPA or higher
  • 2.75 Provisional GPA
    Students may enter the program under probationary status and would have the first semester to prove they can maintain a 3.0 in graduate school. Students with a 3.0 GPA are fully accepted into the program.

Program Prerequisites

The M.S. in Kinesiology prerequisite courses include Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology or Biomechanics, Nutrition, Statistics, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Program Design and Implementation (Resistance Training), and Anatomy and Physiology (minimum of four credits).

Admission Process

  • Apply online at
  • Send official transcripts from accredited undergraduate college or university. If you are a Barton alumnus, the College already has your transcript on file.
  • Email required documents to
    • Resume
    • Personal statement listing academic and career goals
    • Two recommendations addressing your potential to successfully complete graduate-level coursework
      Recommendation Form

After the application is complete, you will be contacted for an interview with the Program Director.


Tuition for applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree is $600 per graduate semester credit hour. This includes the cost of course materials and books needed throughout the program and certifications. 

Included in tuition is the cost of your first attempt at a professional certification. The Strength and Conditioning track includes the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) exam. The Fitness and Wellness Track includes either the ACSM Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) or the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) exam.


Students may enroll in the accelerated, one-year program or a two-year pathway. The curriculum is 32 credits. Program entry is in the Fall semester. Students have the option to enroll in the Strength and Conditioning or Fitness and Wellness track. Each track features two specialized courses, practicum experience to align with career outcomes, and a related certification exam. Students also complete a thesis research project as part of their graduate coursework. Graduate coursework includes:

  • Applied Statistics and Research Methods (3)
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
  • Biomechanics (3)
  • Advanced Concepts in Corrective Exercise (3) 
  • Special Topics in Kinesiology (3)
  • Advanced Methods in Strength Training OR Advanced Exercise Assessment and Prescription (3)
  • Advanced Conditioning Methods OR Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)
  • Graduate Practicum I (4)
  • Graduate Practicum II (4)
  • Research Capstone (3) 

Graduate Internships

Practical field experience is a core component of Barton’s curriculum. The curriculum requires a minimum of 320 hours internship experience, or 600 hours for students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology pathway. Recent students have completed their internships at the following locations:

  • Barton Sports Performance Center (Wilson, N.C.)
  • ECU Health (Greenville, N.C.)
  • Manual Physical Therapy (Wilson, N.C.)
  • WakeMed Cardiac Rehabilitation (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • UNC Cardiac Rehabilitation (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Cape Fear Valley Cardiac Rehabilitation (Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Foundation YMCA (Wilson, N.C.)
  • Methodist University Strength and Conditioning
  • Elon University Strength and Conditioning
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