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Department of Kinesiology

Earn your Master's Degree in Kinesiology!

At Fresno State, we offer a premier graduate experience in four areas: Athletic Training, Exercise ScienceSport Administration, and Sport Psychology. Fresno State's Master's of Arts in Kinesiology program is one of the most affordable graduate programs in the United States. In some cases, we're tens of thousands of dollars less than other programs. We also offer a number of funding support services to help you pursue your Master's degree, including graduate assistantships, university awards, and financial aid. Learn more about each below:

Grants and Financial aid

In addition to our affordable tuition and academic awards, Fresno State offers a limited number of Graduate and Teaching Assistantships through the Department of Kinesiology.

Teaching associateships (TAs) are available to qualified students with experience in sport, fitness, or related fields. Graduate assistantships (GAs) are also available to qualified students.

Once you have applied to the program, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Wade Gilbert ( for a TA/GA application. Because the TA/GA positions are limited, the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of receiving a position.

Phone: (559) 278-5170

In addition to our affordable tuition, Fresno State offers a number of awards. Below is a summary of our current awards:

President’s Graduate Scholars Scholarships 
A merit-based scholarship that students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for with recommendation from the Graduate Coordinator/Facilitator. First year students can apply if the GPA as an undergraduate meets the requirement. Students must log on to the Scholarships website in order to apply. 
Value: $3,500 
Deadline: Fall 

California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program
Program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs in the CSU.
Value: Grants up to $4,500
Deadline: Spring 

Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Award
It supports the quality scholarship of graduate/doctoral student research and creative activities associated with the thesis/dissertation or project requirement.
Value: up to $1,000   Deadlines: Fall and Spring

Robert and Norma Craig Graduate Fellowships
A research-based scholarship where students are mentored in research by faculty. The non-compensated research must be separate from the student's own research (i.e., their project or thesis). Applicants must be in good academic standing to apply and must apply by logging in to the Scholarship website. 
Value: up to $1,000   Deadline: Fall 

California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Scholars and their faculty mentors are awarded $3,000 to travel to doctoral institutions and national conferences to enhance their entrance into doctoral study.
Value: $3,000   Deadline: Spring 

Graduate Student Travel Grant
Travel grants are for graduate students who have had papers and/or posters accepted for presentation at major professional conferences or society meetings. Students may apply through the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate Net Initiative.
Deadline: Ongoing. For the Division of Research and Graduate Studies grant, all materials must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the conference. For the Graduate Net Initiative grant, complete application packages should be submitted at least 60 days prior to conference/travel date

Jazmyn Breeze Gilbert Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to one graduate and one undergraduate student pursuing careers in sport psychology. Each award includes (a) 1-year membership in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, (b) 1-year subscription to The Sport Psychologist or The Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and (c) one conference registration for a national or regional sport psychology conference.
Value: up to $300 (each) Deadline: To be announced

View Scholarships

View Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships link. 

Ready to apply?

It's fast and easy! Read about our online application process here and when you're ready to apply, visit Cal State Apply and follow the instructions.

We take into consideration each applicant's entire background. For example, some of the things we consider are: undergraduate major & degree, GPA, and 3 letters of recommendation

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Wade Gilbert, Ph.D. 
Graduate Program Coordinator and Professor
South Gym 128

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