Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education offers two types of graduate-level degrees, as well as three different Certificates of Graduate Study:

    1. Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education (specializations in Adapted PE, Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership, Pedagogy and Sport Psychology)
    2. Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Sport Management
    3. Certificate of Graduate Study in Adapted Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Psychology, and Sport Management

Program Requirements

Program requirements include online application form, goal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts of all colleges/university course work, and an Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75/4.0. Additionally, GRE scores are required for students applying for the M.S. in Sport Management degree program only.

Transfer Credits

The KNPE department considers up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate coursework - from a regionally accredited college or university - for the purposes of revalidation or transfer credit. For more information please contact Todd Gilson at

M.S.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education

The Masters of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree prepares competent, knowledgeable, and reflective professionals who are actively engaged in the exercise science and physical education teacher education communities. Graduates of our program have the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to conduct research and implement evidence-based practice and programming that is student- and/or client-centered aiming at promoting life-long physical activity engagement within a diverse society. Our highly qualified faculty offer outstanding instruction while incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to ensure student success and professional growth. Graduate students are offered multiple opportunities to engage with graduate faculty on research projects, grant writing, and community outreach endeavors. Graduate assistantship opportunities are available to those students wishing to study full-time and gain pre-professional experience. Our thesis and non-thesis curriculum options give students the flexibility to align their graduate experience with their individual professional goals.

A Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education is available at the graduate level with the following specializations:

Since programs of study can be subject to change, please send an email to for the most up-to-date information on requirements.

M.S. in Sport Management

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Sport Management is also available within the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.  As one of the leaders in the field of academic sport management programs. Our relationship with the nationally renowned MBA program at NIU helps the sport management program emphasize the business aspect of the sport industry. The program's core values include leadership, communication, and business excellence, which is exactly what the industry is demanding. Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. and worldwide, and preparing students to operate in that business environment gives them an edge over other master's programs. When students complete their degree at NIU in the MS in Sport Management program, they are ready to work for various sport organizations in professional, intercollegiate, private, and international businesses, as well as the fitness management and recreational fields.

Please contact acting program director, Dr. Steve Howell, or visit the program's website for the most up-to-date information on requirements.

Certificates of Graduate Study

A Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) is awarded for successful completion of a specified coherent set of courses around a specific theme, fewer courses than for a degree. KNPE offers three different CGS options and more information on these options can be found by clicking the links below:

    1. Adapted Physical Education
    2. Sport & Exercise Psychology
    3. Sport Management