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Ranked #1 Best Online Master's in Exercise Science Degrees by Guide to Online Schools
Ranked by National Academy of Kinesiology, among doctorate-granting programs
At UF, we are dedicated to elevating performance and improving lives. If you share this passion and want to boost your skills or move into an exercise, sport, or health career, apply to our online Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK).
The University of Florida’s APK department is a top-rated physiology and kinesiology program at a school synonymous with academic and athletic excellence. The 100% online human performance concentration offers a career-ready education that equips you with practical skills.
Our program can be completed in as little as 1 year for full-time students, and 1.5 years for part-time students. No GRE is required. We believe when people perform at their very best, they make a bigger impact on the world. Join us and become a Gator today.
Next start date:
May 10, 2021Apply Now
"We’re the best at what we do. I don’t think students will find another program that provides the same value in their courses and in the program overall for a better price."
— Blain Harrison, APK lecturer
The University of Florida’s online M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology is a rigorous program taught by expert faculty. We emphasize an empirical approach: We see the body as a fascinating machine, and we teach our students how to use evidence-based practices to fine-tune and fix it.
The online Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK) with a concentration in human performance is a 30-credit, non-thesis degree that incorporates:
We also offer two optional specializations that align with industry demand in the physiology and kinesiology:
University of Florida’s online M.S. APK program offers one of the broadest selections of courses compared to other master's in kinesiology and master's in exercise science degrees. We are the only graduate program to offer online courses dedicated to athlete development, ergogenic aids, and corrective exercise training.
The degree path is highly customizable, with an array of electives and opportunities for students to gain real-world experience through graduate internships and independent study.
There are also two optional specializations students can choose from if they want a more concentrated learning experience: Athlete Development and Integrative Strength and Conditioning Science. The Athlete Development concentration gives insight into managing an athlete, including subjects like career development, financial security and public relations. Students who specialize in Integrative Strength and Conditioning Science learn how to strengthen athlete performance through in depth knowledge in areas such as bioenergetics, corrective exercise development and athlete nutrition.
The entire APK degree can be completed online, without any visits to the University of Florida campus—though you are always welcome to visit us in Gainesville.
This curriculum is built around skills that can be used immediately on the job, in the lab, or for further specialized education. Most of our human performance graduates move into exercise, sport, and fitness jobs, while others apply their master’s to Ph.D. programs, medical school, or advanced healthcare training.
While our courses are not built around a single specific certification, they provide a foundation for many professional designations. Our graduates have gone on to become:
At the University of Florida, we are dedicated to online learning at every level. Our flexible courses allow students around the world to receive the same superior education and one-on-one feedback as our on-campus students. We take the design of our courses seriously and are regularly adding new technologies and techniques to the learning suite.
Our online set-up allows students to build connections, even while attending classes from different corners of the globe. Video chats, message boards, and other opportunities for interactions are just some of the ways we make sure everyone feels like part of the University of Florida community. This also allows our students to hone the professional and communication skills that are key for working with athletes, clients, or patients.
The University of Florida is a top-ranked, Research I university. As the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States, you’ll be joining a powerful community of global alumni.
UF is ranked #7 in Top Public Schools in the country (U.S. News & World Report) and is consistently ranked a best-value public university (Princeton Review, Forbes, and Kiplinger’s). Read more about our mission and our accomplishments.