Department of Kinesiology
Prospective Graduate Students
Our department has numerous ATs pursuing graduate studies. This page was developed for prospective students of our graduate program with an undergraduate background in athletic training. Below are a series of frequently asked questions. Should you have specific questions, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Jenelle N. Gilbert.
Do we offer a post-professional masters degree in Athletic Training?
No. Our program does appeal to athletic trainers seeking a graduate degree and we have many ATs in our graduate program. Our MA in Kinesiology Program has three options: Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, and Sports Administration. For those desiring to become athletic trainers, we are currently recruiting for our first graduate cohort for the Masters of Science in Athletic Training (Professional/Entry Level) which we anticipate will begin in Fall 2020.
Is a thesis required for graduation in the MA in Kinesiology Program?
A thesis is one of three tracks offered in the MA in Kinesiology Program. Students may choose to complete a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination. Students concurrently serving as graduate assistants (paid working experience in athletic training) typically enroll for academic internship units. Opportunities for independent studies are also available.
Are graduate assistantships/internships available?
Fresno State Athletics offers a variety of paid opportunities for graduate students, some of which include waivers for tuition and fees and stipends ranging $8,000 to $12,000 per ten-month period. Graduate Assistants must be accepted into the graduate program and complete a masters degree while gaining valuable experience in Athletics. Interns typically do not complete coursework while holding these positions. These experiences may include supervision of students in our accredited athletic training program. The Department of Kinesiology also offers teaching assistantships.