MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science

Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus-Based



The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) in the College of Education offers a Master of Science (MS) in KRS degree program with two areas of concentration: Physical Activity/Adapted Physical Activity, and Rehabilitation Counseling.

The MS degree program provides opportunities for students who wish to pursue advanced knowledge and research in one of those concentrations. Students interested in Physical Activity (PA) or Adapted Physical Activity (APA) must meet the admission requirements of Graduate Division and KRS. Both areas assist in the development of the knowledge and skills that may relate to achievement of outcomes leading to national certification (i.e., national board certification in teaching or nationally certified adapted physical educator) as well as becoming familiar with the literature and models for promoting, measuring, teaching, and conducting physical activity research across the lifespan.

The program is comprised of 30 credits and typically takes two years to complete. A thesis, project option, or comprehensive exam is provided as a culminating degree requirement. In addition, each student must seek a KRS faculty advisor as part of completing a thesis, project option or comprehensive exam. This KRS faculty advisor will be responsible for directing, advising and mentoring the student. This KRS faculty advisor differs from the department Graduate Chair. Enrolled students in the PA or APA concentration will develop basic competence in reading and conducting research related to physical activity across the lifespan and for diverse groups. Students will have opportunities to expand their knowledge through coursework in areas across the lifespan from early childhood to late adulthood. Areas of coursework outside of KRS may be in public health, educational psychology, and educational administration. Others may be available pending consent from a KRS faculty advisor.

Who Should Consider This Program

The MS in physical activity is for those already certified, or have a BS, in fields like: athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning (CSCS/PES), and personal training. Specifically, the program is for students looking to obtain an entry-level research experience in exercise science via Plan A Thesis or Plan B. Research topics are in fields like athletic training, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.

Common Careers

Student will move onto careers based on their individual certifications. Students typically move into clinical positions in secondary schools, colleges/universities, or professional sports. Since there is an emphasis on research and master’s plan A thesis development, the program also is designed for those looking to pursue a doctoral PhD in their respective fields.

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science – MS"

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Physical Activity & Adapted Physical Activity (PA/APA) program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline.

There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered, they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Physical Activity & Adapted Physical Activity (PA/APA) program.

Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Physical Activity & Adapted Physical Activity (PA/APA) Program
1337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A Complex
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-7976

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-7976
  3. Mail:
    • KRS Graduate Chair,
      11337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A 231,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 1 TBD
Spring October 1 TBD

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Tuition & Funding

Information on graduate program tuition and fees can be found at the Office of the Registrar website.

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the STAR website (this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – you must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on STAR) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Manoa Financial Aid Office.

Delivery Format

KRS courses are offered as live, hybrid, and fully online via the Manoa campus. Courses are scheduled within the standard UHM semester.


Courses are dependent upon the program the student is accepted (MS PA or APA).

  • 6 credits of required core
  • MS PA 18-21 elective credits
  • MS APA 18-24

Program Sheet


Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

SLO1: Understand and Explain content in movement and pedagogy.

SLO2:  Represent and communicate content knowledge to make it comprehensible to learners (i.e., pedagogical content knowledge).

SLO3: Understand processes and methods of systematic intentional inquiry about learning and teaching in physical activity.

SLO4: Demonstrate understanding and application of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge appropriate to the learners, the learning environment and long- and short-term outcomes/goals.

SLO5: Demonstrate integration of planning, instruction and assessment as a unified process to achieve long- and short-term outcomes/goals.

SLO6: Demonstrate differentiation of instruction based on personal and cultural characteristics of learners particularly persons of color and Native Hawaiians.

SLO7: Demonstrate systematic inquiry about the practice and the learners served.

SLO8: Understand processes and methods of systematic intentional inquiry about learning and teaching in physical activity.

SLO9: Conduct inquiry into professional knowledge and practice, and communicate results of inquiry to the profession and community.

SLO10: Continue personal development through contributions to the growth and professional learning of others.

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Coordinator
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Bret Freemyer

Assistant Professor

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Christopher Stickley