MA in Kinesiology, Financial Aid & Scholarships

MA in Kinesiology, Financial Aid & Scholarships MA in Kinesiology, Financial Aid & Scholarships





    Investing in a Successful Future

    Up Your Game Kinesiology

    Your Path to the Finish Line

    Saint Mary's MA in Kinesiology is designed to help you learn valuable skills, network, and find opportunities that will help you in your current or future career.

    See below for more information about tuition costs and financial aid opportunities our program offers to help our students make attaining a Master's degree into a financial reality. 

    Our Graduate Coordinator Fellowships provide opportunities for our students to gain real-world, hands-on experience working in an NCAA Division I Athletic Department—in fact, many of our Coordinator Fellowship graduates have gone on to work at other universities and athletic departments in their field. In addition, our Leadership and Engagement scholarships give students the chance to turn their experience and contributions to the classroom into extra funding for their degree.

    Kinesiology students in the Human Performance Lab.

    Tuition and Fees

    Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $1106 per unit and the program is a total of 30 units, bringing the total cost of tuition for our MA to $33,180. 

    There are several types of financial assistance available for our students to help cover the cost of tuition including federal financial aid, scholarships, and student employment opportunities—see below for more details.

    Financial Aid Opportunities

    Each year the Graduate Kinesiology program offers different opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience. To learn more about these positions, please click the links below.

    Graduate Student Coordinator Fellowships:

    The students hired for these positions will be eligible to receive an academic scholarship (up to $2,500), in addition to being paid hourly.

    Athletics Compliance

    Supervisor: Irene Chavez, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance

    (Hiring for Fall 2023)

    Supervisor: Matt Buhler, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Events

    Athletics Strength and Conditioning

    Cody Butcher, Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Performance

    Athletics Communications

    Brian Brownfield, Assistant Athletics Director of Communication

    (Hiring for Fall 2023)

    Staci Byrne, Associate Athletics Director for Development  

    For consideration for the Athletic Events and Facilities or Athletics Development Coordinator positions, please complete your SMC MA in Kinesiology application and email your cover letter to Collin Skeen at by FridayMarch 31st

    NOTE: In order to accommodate our applicants, we've extended our previous Coordinator Application deadline from March 27th to March 31st.

    Graduate Student Teaching Opportunities

    Students enrolled in the Graduate Kinesiology Program are eligible to apply to teach one of the Undergraduate Physical Education courses. Courses in the past have included Weight Training, Body Conditioning, Tennis, Golf, and Archery. 

    Department of Kinesiology Student Employment Opportunities

    The students hired for these positions will be paid hourly throughout the year.

    • Human Performance Lab
    • Social Media Student Manager

    Graduate Kinesiology Leadership Scholarship

    The Graduate Kinesiology Leadership Scholarship is given to incoming students who have demonstrated academic excellence and engagement throughout their undergraduate and/or professional career.

    To be considered for the Graduate Kinesiology Leadership Scholarship, please submit an additional essay of up to 1,000 words. In this essay, please explain how you would demonstrate leadership during your time in SMC's MA in Kinesiology program and afterwards in your professional career. Please consider the Lasallian principles (social justice, respect for all persons, and an inclusive community) upon which Saint Mary's is founded.

    This application essay may be uploaded in the "Additional Requirements" section of your SMC application or emailed directly to Applicants for this scholarship must have completed the application or have been admitted to the Master of Arts in Kinesiology program by March 31st, 2023 for scholarship consideration in Fall 2023

    Director's Engagement Scholarship

    The Graduate Kinesiology Director's Engagement Scholarship will be awarded to students who are engaged in the Graduate Kinesiology Program outside the classroom and actively build community among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Students awarded this scholarship will also exemplify academic excellence and contribute to the process of shared inquiry in the classroom.  

    Applicants should submit a 2-page statement that addresses the following: 1. The qualifications listed above, and 2. A proposal to foster community among Graduate Kinesiology current and future students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  

    Recipients of this award commit to implementing their proposal for building community during the term in which they receive the scholarship. Please send your application to by April 1, 2023 for Fall 2023.

    Private Scholarships

    Students may also apply for private scholarships through websites such as Fastweb.

    Graduate and Professional Student Development Funds

    Some funding is also available for independent research and professional development in the form of grants through the Graduate & Professional Student Research and Development Fund.

    Federal financial aid in the form of student loans is available for those who qualify. To learn more about the types of loans available please visit the Finanical Aid Office's website. To apply file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The Saint Mary's College of California Title IV code is #001302.

    School and Department Information

    Derek Marks
    Program Director, Graduate Programs in Kinesiology

    Collin Skeen
    Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment