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Interested in the study of motor development, motor learning, and movement control? Our MS in Kinesiology emphasis in motor behavior will fit your career goals.

Your studies focus on the developmental aspects of movement and function across the lifespan, and you'll immerse yourself in the latest information available about teaching physical education, sport, and physical activity.

We offer both thesis and non-thesis programs to accommodate your specific goals.

Program Highlights

  1. Top 10 doctoral program ranking by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  2. Both thesis and non-thesis degree programs offered
  3. Study the latest information available about motor behavior
  4. Our programs provide hands-on, practical experience


The motor behavior specialization is a research-oriented program for students interested in the study of motor development, motor learning, and movement control. This includes:

  • The developmental aspects of movement and function across a person's lifespan
  • Underlying mechanisms related to physical and motor functioning
  • How these mechanisms occur in conjunction with motor skill acquisition and sports-related movements

As a student in the motor behavior specialization, you will take coursework in

  • Motor development
  • Motor control and motor learninga
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Developmental and motor assessment

There are also ample opportunities for field work and research experience.

The MS in Kinesiology program typically requires a minimum of 30 coursework hours for the thesis program and 36 hours for the non-thesis program. Our 15 hours of required coursework includes:

  • Adapted physical education
  • Motor development
  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Developmental and motor assessment
  • Program design in kinesiology

We also offer a variety of support courses, research courses, and electives that cover many related topics and areas.

Our faculty is internationally recognized for its expertise in motor behavior. As a student in our program, you will work with your major professor to determine a program of study based on your goals.


The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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You should hold an undergraduate degree in physical education, exercise science, psychology, or special education. In addition to completing your application, you will also submit transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, and other documents to our department. GRE scores are required only for application to the MS thesis program. The GRE is not required for admission to the MS non-thesis program specializing in Motor Behavior.

Deadline to Apply

January 10 (thesis), June 1 (non-thesis)

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Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

More than 150 graduate students from across the globe enroll in our department programs each year. Our size and diversity provide you a range of perspectives and ample networking opportunities both within and outside the department.

Located in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness. Our department's facilities include 10 laboratories, the Center for Physical Activity and Health, offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.

We provide assistantship opportunities to qualified students, offering financial support and experience in a professional, teaching, or research role. Assistants work 13 to 20 hours a week and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and one-third remission of our university health insurance.

Our research has been supported by grants from the U.S. and Georgia departments of education, the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, Waterloo Foundation, BUPA Foundation, Coca-Cola Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness, International Life Science Institute (ILSI), Stinchcomb Family Foundation, Veterans Administration, Georgia Gerontology Consortium, and other eminent organizations.

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