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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

Deadline to Apply

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

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Faculty and Curriculum

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 learning
  • 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.

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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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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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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