Why earn an accelerated degree in kinesiology?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the accelerated degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies after completing 60 credits.

Graduate Application Deadlines
Aug. 1
Dec. 1


Exercise and physical activity positively affect human life physiologically, psychologically and socially. In this industry-relevant degree you will develop a holistic understanding of these impacts.

With a combined bachelor's master's degree in Kinesiology, you can align your career aspirations in areas such as:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Fitness and wellness
  • Sports coaching
  • Teacher education

You may choose to further your career in industry, academia, or in research with a research institution or university. Our professors have produced a diverse range of research, breaking new ground in physical fitness and physical activity, anthropometry and sports science, physical performance of athletes and sport and exercise psychology.

With the health and fitness industries continuing to grow, this combined bachelor's master's degree will advance your career possibilities and give you a competitive edge in the workplace.

State-of-the-art Kinesiology Research

Kinesiology students play a key role in research projects from the classroom directly into the lab through UND's Biomechanics and Pedagogical Lab. The BiPed Lab allows students to collect 3D Kinematic data through our Vicon motion analysis system. This system gathers infrared light which is reflected off of the unique suits both Erika and Emily are wearing. Specialized cameras collect the reflected infrared data that is converted into a three dimensional representation of the observed activities.

How the Combined Kinesiology Degree Program Works

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, apply to UND and your program. As a current student, connect with your advisor to make sure you stay on track for the combined or accelerated program. During your junior year, you can officially apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time.


Kinesiology at UND

  • Kinesiology is an excellent choice for students interested in health, fitness and physical activity. Our on-campus facilities, such as our specialized exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories, are a great way to develop practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.  

  • You will learn from world-class researchers (all of our faculty have PhDs), including some of the nation's leading scientists and high performance coaches. Our faculty offers a practical approach to learning, which means you will work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience.

  • Work alongside renowned experts in kinesiology, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in finding solutions to the world's health and wellness challenges.

  • You'll develop the ability to independently design and execute original research to produce new knowledge.

  • UND's kinesiology program is a Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited teacher education program.

Kinesiology Careers


Job growth outlook for exercise physiologists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Exercise Physiologists


Projected job growth for athletic trainers through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Athletic Trainers


With a kinesiology degree you will have the opportunity to find work in the sport, fitness and rehabilitation, health, education or recreation industries.

  • Exercise scientist: Uses biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to assess and improve an individual's fitness, sporting performance and general health.
  • Strength and conditioning coach: Prepares athletes for high performance, affording them the greatest advantage in competition.
  • Personal trainer: Advises clients on exercise, health, and wellness; develops and delivers individual training programs.
  • Sports coach/sports psychologist: Provides expert training advice to athletes and analyzes their performance.
  • Community and allied health worker: Supports the work of allied health professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors.
  • Physical educator: Develops health and exercise lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitates classroom learning.
  • Sport development officer: Coordinates club and athlete participation in sports programs and improves the performance of individuals and teams.
  • Health promotion officer: Plans and coordinates health promotion programs for community groups.
  • Outdoor education and recreation instructor: Plans and coordinates outdoor group activities.
  • Researcher: Plans and conducts laboratory-based investigations, experiments and trials, and analyzes results to broaden scientific understanding.

UND Kinesiology Alumni

Kinesiology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Acceleration
  • Altru Health System
  • Coco Enterprises, LLC
  • Rejuv Medical

Kinesiology Courses You Could Take