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Department of Kinesiology

Exercise science student in lab

Exercise Science Graduate Program

Students interested in applied research, fitness, wellness and the sport or clinical application of exercise science should select this option. The department houses a 3,000 square feet Human Performance Lab that has state-of-the art research-grade equipment. Employment as a Graduate Teaching Associate within the Department is available for qualified students. A variety of local internships in the health-related, performance-related and clinical settings are available as well. The course study will prepare students for employment in the fitness/wellness, sports or clinical settings related to exercise science, and/or advanced degrees.

The graduate program at Fresno State is considered one of the premier programs on the west coast. We teach our students many things about health and fitness, but our real job is to prepare students for the rest of their lives. Not only are we an exceptional graduate program; we're one of the most affordable programs in the United States. So if you're looking for a Sport Administration program that will help you reach your career goals, you've found it. 

Careers in the field

  • Chain fitness clubs (i.e., Gold’s, Crunch, 24 Hour Fitness, etc.)
  • Locally-owned fitness clubs
  • Self-owned fitness clubs
  • University fitness facilities
  • Resorts and spas
  • Medical fitness facilities

  • High school
  • Community college
  • University
  • Professional
  • Olympic training centers

  • High school – science classes, sport coaches
  • Community college – kinesiology, science classes
  • University – kinesiology


  • Management of fitness clubs/facilities
  • Water aerobics instructor
  • Worksite/employee wellness-health promotion programs
  • Clinical exercise physiologist – cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings (usually in a hospital)

A degree in exercise science is often pursued by individuals who are attempting to meet pre-requisite course and degree requirements for admission to graduate or professional training programs. Some of the jobs that require this professional training after earning a degree in exercise science, include:

  • Medicine/physician
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Prosthetic/orthotic fabrication specialist


Contact Us

Mark W. Baldis, Ph.D. 
Program Coordinator and Lecturer
South Gym 139