Graduate Program

Uchida Hall (c) Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology Graduate Program!

We offer an M.A. degree which consists of approximately 30-39 units, depending on the specific concentration.

Our rapidly growing program currently has well over 100 students with varied interests, backgrounds, and goals.

Our alumni have successfully obtained jobs across the Bay Area, the state of California, the US, and abroad. In addition, the program has placed several students in top-tier doctoral programs across the US.

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Students are selected to the program based on undergraduate academic achievement and overall potential for success in the program, and in one of the following Graduate Concentrations listed below.


Graduate Concentrations

Graduate Program Resources


Spring 2020 Graduate Admissions

NOTE: Application deadlines for the following concentrations: Exercise Physiology, Sport Management, Sport Studies and General Concentration is November 1, 2019.  International applications are due October 1.

(Application deadlines:  Click HERE for more info)

The Fall 2020 application process will begin in October 2019.  Because we can only admit a certain number of students into each concentration, we strongly recommend that application materials be sent in earlier than the deadline.  The application process is outlined on this webpage, and on the linked SJSU Graduate Studies page as well. Please direct all inquiries to the graduate coordinator, Dr. Ted Butryn, at

On this webpage, you will find a wealth of department information and links to useful resources on other sites within the university. In addition, please download and consult the Department of Kinesiology Graduate Handbook, which contains information related to the department and program. It should be your first stop when seeking an answer to any program question you may have.

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Department of Kinesiology has opportunities for graduate students to apply for limited Teaching Assistant positions, which generally involve teaching between 1-2 classes in our physical activity program. Along with gaining valuable teaching experience, the TA positions also come with a stipend and partial tuition waiver (in-state) for students teaching two of these activity courses. 

For Fall 2019, we have a handful of classes available, including beginning weight training. If you would like to apply for a position as a TA, please send the completed application form (available on the KIN website --> current students --> forms) directly to Dr. Butryn (

Application Process

1. You simply go through Cal State Apply(, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Please be sure to completely fill out your application, as incomplete applications will not be considered. Please send official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended (even if you did not get your degree) to the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations (GAPE) Office electronically via the system, by mail or in person. Please do not send them to the Office of Graduate Studies or to the Department of Kinesiology. All transcripts must be sealed and unopened in order to be accepted as official documents. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS OR OPENED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

2. When filling out the application, be sure to indicate Kinesiology as the department, as well as your intended concentration (see descriptions above).

Please send in unopened transcripts to the following address:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017

3. In the CalStateApply system, you will have the option to submit two letters of recommendation, AND the (optional) Application for Graduate Assistantship & Area of Expertise Teaching Forms. The assistantship forms are also located under the "Forms" link on the main Kinesiology page.  The only forms that may be sent directly to me via email or hard copy are the GA/TA assistantship forms.

Dr. Ted Butryn
Graduate Coordinator
San José State University
Department of Kinesiology (0054) 
San Jose, CA 95192-0054

4. Once all materials are in, your application will be evaluated by Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations. In approximately 3-4 weeks, they will be forwarded to the KIN grad coordinator for evaluation, after which you will be notified of your status via MySJSU.  Please consult your MySJSU account regularly to check on status.

Current Admission Standards

The department of Kinesiology requires the following of all applicants seeking admission to classified standing in the MA -Kinesiology in addition to meeting requirements for admission to the Graduate Division:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Kinesiology or successful completion of a maximum of 12 units of foundation coursework as assigned by the Graduate Coordinator or an assigned Academic Advisor.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of work.
  • A fully completed Cal State Apply application, including the Statement of Purpose on the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation (Upload into Cal State Apply during application process OR send directly to the graduate coordinator)

The graduate coordinator, in consultation with faculty, may approve conditional admission of a student who: meets the requirements for admission to the Graduate Division who has neither a major nor minor in Kinesiology; has a grade point average below 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units).

Thank you for your interest in the SJSU Department of Kinesiology Graduate Program, and best wishes in your journey towards your graduate degree. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact the current graduate coordinator, Dr. Ted Butryn, at:

Additional information

Tips for Success

  • Upon finalizing your decision to study at San Jose State University in the Department of Kinesiology, make an appointment to speak to the Graduate Program Coordinator for an orientation to the department.
  • Stay in Touch with your Academic Advisor
    Students should select a faculty member to serve as their academic advisor. While it is recommended that the academic advisor be the person who will eventually be the thesis-KIN 299 or Plan B-KIN 298 advisor, it is not required. The academic advisor is the faculty member you consult throughout your studies regarding selection of your coursework and progression towards the Master of Arts degree.
  • Obtain (via link at top of page) and use the Graduate Program Handbook as a resource. Refer to it frequently.
  • Check for messages at MySJSU regularly. Notices from the university are posted there pertaining to your enrollment and progress to your degree.
  • Regularly check the websites of the office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation for deadlines, including when to file your candidacy form and application for graduation!

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