Pursue a career in industry or research with a master of science in exercise—human performance degree from Lebanon Valley College

Gain advanced skills for industry or research.

Lebanon Valley College’s master of science in applied kinesiology degree is designed for graduate students who want to pursue careers in industry or research. Our program is tailored for recent graduates or professionals eager to advance their careers.

Working closely with graduate faculty who have conducted research at the University of Maryland, Georgia State University, Rutgers University, and other renowned organizations, you will gain extensive lab experience operating state-of-the-art computer motion analysis systems to support the needs of medical and academic research scientists or research scientists in the athletics and fitness industry. You will have the opportunity to be innovative and exploratory in your research. 

The courses you will take include applied methods in biomechanics and biomechanics of sport, neuroscience, motor control, and computerized movement analysis. Complete your didactic coursework in as few as 12 months or three semesters, in seven- and 15-week on-campus classes.

Learn in labs and facilities that rival those at research institutions and medical centers.

LVC is proud to be one of the only colleges of its size in Pennsylvania with a fully-integrated motion analysis system to support this work.

Housed in the College’s acclaimed Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, the Lewis Human Performance Lab rivals those found in larger academic research institutions, research labs in academic medical centers, and research and development facilities in the exercise/fitness industry. The Lewis Human Performance Lab and accompanying Exercise Physiology Lab facilitate faculty research in areas of applied kinesiology and support collaborative student-faculty research. 

If you wish to pursue research, teaching, or an internship in the field of Applied Kinesiology, the Applied Kinesiology Graduate Fellowship program may be right for you. Each year fellows receive up to 50% tuition reduction while gaining experience and developing proficiency working with computerized biomechanical motion capture data collection systems, assessing and analyzing experimental data, and producing high-quality research alongside faculty in the Lewis Human Performance Lab. To be eligible for this fellowship, a candidate must apply to and be accepted into the MS Applied Kinesiology master’s program and note fellowship interest on the application. Admission to the fellowship is conducted on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact graduateadmission@lvc.edu or Claudia Gazsi, PT, MHA, Ph.D.

Your Choice: Thesis or Internship

If you have research interests, you can complete a thesis as part of your master’s degree to pursue advanced study (Ph.D.) in fields such as applied kinesiology or biomechanics. You’ll develop proficiency working with computerized biomechanical motion capture data collection systems, assess and analyze data, and produce high-quality research alongside faculty in the Lewis Human Performance Lab.

The internship option allows you to pursue positions requiring advanced technical proficiency (e.g., computerized data acquisition systems). You’ll complete a four to six-month internship in an industrial research and development setting.

Career opportunities abound.

Employment opportunities for exercise science graduates in applied kinesiology include research positions in academic medical centers, R&D positions with sports equipment manufacturers (e.g. Nike, Asics, or Adidas), and engineering firms specializing in human-machine interaction. Your faculty, along with career coaches in LVC’s Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success, will support you throughout your internship and career journey.

Graduate Assistant Lab Instructor

LVC offers an in-person Graduate Assistant Lab Instructor (GA Lab Instructor) position for newly accepted post-baccalaureate students. The GA Lab Instructor provides instruction and lab room responsibilities for an undergraduate exercise science course on LVC’s campus.

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in exercise science or related field and be fully accepted in the eligible graduate program. 

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