Program Description


Students pursuing a Kinesiology degree are prepared to develop and utilize science-based approaches to improve various components of health, movement and performance.

The 70-credit B.S. in Kinesiology can prepare students for a career in clinical exercise, corporate fitness, personal training, strength and conditioning, sport science, sport and exercise nutrition, or wellness/fitness management. The Kinesiology degree program provides students with a strong science foundation for post-graduate specialized study in Kinesiology, exercise science, physiology or professional schools (e.g., chiropractic, medical, physical therapy).

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the Kinesiology Program is to provide a comprehensive approach to the study of human movement. The program disseminates evidence-based knowledge and its practical application through classroom, laboratory, research, and field experiences. Emphasis is placed upon the development of future professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance physical performance, fitness, and general well being across the age spectrum.

The goal of the Kinesiology Program is to develop well-educated graduates who:

  • Successfully challenge entry-level national certification exams such as American College of Sports Medicine’s Health Fitness Specialist or National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
  • Develop a commitment to professionalism through decision making skills founded on evidence-based practice.
  • Construct and implement safe and effective exercise programming across the age spectrum.
  • Have a well-developed understanding of current trends in Kinesiology.

The outcomes of the Kinesiology program are:

  1. Evidence-based knowledge: Compile and analyze evidence-based knowledge of exercise science, sports medicine, and physical fitness.
  2. Fitness assessment and exercise technique: Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to perform fitness assessments and instruct exercises for individuals across the lifespan.
  3. Program design: Create exercise programs for individuals of varied fitness levels across the lifespan.
  4. Application of clinical skills: Demonstrate skills and abilities expected of an entry-level exercise professional.

These outcomes are measured by assessments in numerous courses in the Kinesiology curriculum.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.