Kinesiology Frequently Asked Questions


Is this program 100% online?

Yes! The master of arts in kinesiology is completely online with no need to come to the Fresno Pacific University campus for classes. All coursework, registration, tuition payment, financial aid issues, library resources, and most other student needs can be taken care of online or electronically. All program course work is offered online through our web-based campus classroom management system, Blackboard.

Do I have to login at a certain time on specific days?

No. The online courses are fully asynchronous allowing you the flexibility to login each week at your convenience. Some students complete some of their work during their lunch hour. Others complete weekly requirements on a Saturday morning, and some students complete the work late at night after the kids have gone to bed. One key to success is to stay on track and communicate regularly with faculty and other students via threaded discussion and email.

Is the program accredited?

Fresno Pacific University has been accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1965, and has been fully reaccredited by WSCUC in subsequent visits. The master of arts in kinesiology is also accredited by WSCUC, and the program has undergone the same accreditation process as all academic programs at Fresno Pacific University.

How long is the program?

The program is either 14 or 17 months. The program is 14 months (4 semesters) if you start in the summer, and it is 17 months (5 semesters) if you start in the spring.

How many classes are there in the program?

The program is 36 units or 12 or 13 classes that are 3 units per class.

When are classes offered?

This program is summer intensive to allow physical education teachers, coaches, sport administrators or athletic trainers to work while obtaining their graduate degree. Summer classes are six-weeks in length with the first summer session starting the second Monday in May and ending in mid-June. The second summer session begins in mid-June and ends at the end of July. During the fall and spring semesters, classes are offered for 16 weeks and in 8-week sessions. All classes during the summer sessions and the fall and spring semesters are offered online.

How many students are accepted?

A maximum 20 students are accepted for each cohort.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students that starts and finishes the program at the same time. The students work together in each course and become a professional cohort of physical education teachers, coaches and/or athletic trainers.

Who is this program designed for?

This program is designed for physical education teachers, coaches, sport administrators or athletic trainers who wish to become exemplary physical education teachers, coaches or practitioners.

How often do new cohorts begin?

A new cohort starts two times per year: spring (January) and summer (May).

How do I apply?

Go to our application process webpage to complete the process in four easy steps.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid is available through Fresno Pacific's Student Financial Services Office. Many students receive a Stafford loan which usually covers the cost of the entire program. Several students submit for partial or complete reimbursement through their employers. Credit cards are also accepted.

Have the faculty been trained to teach in an online classroom?

Yes. All faculty teaching in the program have been trained and prepared to use the technology and to teach in a web-based environment. Faculty frequently discuss web-based course pedagogy and curriculum design with each other and various other professionals.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition is currently $460 per unit or $17,020 for the 37 units. Books are approximately $100-$200 per semester. This amount is always subject to change due to university-wide tuition and/or fee increases.

Is tuition for out-of-state (non-California resident) or international students more than in-state (California resident) tuition?

Tuition is the same for California or non-California residents or for international students.

How much are books and materials?

Books and other materials average $100-$200 per semester. Often, these expenses can be covered by the financial aid loan.

If accepted, how many hours a week would I need to commit to the program?

Typical hour requirements for a course average the same time commitment as a typical three credit on-campus course. This may vary depending on course requirements.

As a student, is there technical support available if I have a technical problem?

Yes. There is a Help Desk provided by Fresno Pacific University. The Help Desk can be utilized during their operating hours of Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Help Desk can be accessed either by phone or via email ( Online students' technology issues will be dealt with immediately either by phone or email from one of the numerous IT department staff members.

Are GRE's required for admission?

No. Applicants are evaluated on professional experience, previous education, undergraduate grades, references, etc.

Is a thesis required?

No. However, the program does have a research base in all courses, and students are required to complete a research study or a comprehensive examination.