Kinesiology at NIU

Harness the power of exercise to help people heal and reach their personal best.

The human body is an amazing machine. When it's working smoothly, it can help us do so many things, from feats of strength and speed to our everyday routines. The field of kinesiology is all about helping bodies reach their full potential. By studying human anatomy and movement, you'll be ready to change peoples' lives by using exercise to increase their wellness.


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What Can I Do With a Kinesiology Degree?

The kinesiology program will prepare you to use exercise as a form of medicine in settings focused on health, wellness and sport performance. Some possible positions include: 

  • Personal trainer 
  • Fitness instructor 
  • Coach 
  • Medical sales 

You'll also be prepared for graduate study in areas like physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise psychology and sport management. 

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Career Potential for Kinesiology


Job outlook growth 2020 - 2030


Median salary in a related field


Jobs in 2020

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Overview

You'll study the science behind behaviors and performance, including physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. In addition to a clinical experience at a local retirement center, you'll select an internship site that fits your career goals, such as a fitness, sport performance or cardiac rehabilitation center.

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition as a full-time student is $4,803.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.



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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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