Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences - University of Tulsa

Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences

The Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences Department is housed within the Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences. The department consists of both the athletic training and exercise and sports science programs. Each program has laboratory space for experiential learning activities. Students also engage in research studies with faculty in areas ranging from biomechanics, concussions and sports performance.

Points of distinction for the Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences program:

  • A wide variety of classes – Motor Control, Pedagogy of Outdoor Sports, Clinical Methodology
  • Opportunities to focus on an area of interest related to the degree – e.g., curriculum/instruction or sport administration
  • Study abroad opportunities – faculty-led programs and semester abroad options
  • Interact daily with faculty who are active in their field and in professional associations
  • Research opportunities as part of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program

The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences (KRS) offers four tracks leading to an exercise and sports science degree. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of current and emerging healthcare and fitness fields. The department also offers a master of science in athletic training, as well as an accelerated program which offer both the B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science and the M.A.T. (Master of Athletic Training).

  • Degree Options


    The  program has the flexibility to prepare students for graduate or professional healthcare programs, such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and athletic training or other fields related to exercise science within the corporate or commercial fitness setting.


    The program is designed to provide structured didactic (classroom) and supervised practice experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in athletic training.

    Athletic Training, M.A.T. (Accelerated Master’s)

    The accelerated master’s program is designed for highly motivated students to earn hours towards a Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) while completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science (B.S.E.S.S.).


    The masters in Sports Leadership focuses on multidisciplinary coursework, providing students with the flexibility to identify and pursue a specific area of study beyond the core. Specializing in academic areas with an emphasis in sport, or leadership and management in sport, administration, regulation and governance, or sports media.


    The coaching minor prepares students for coaching positions in a variety of athletic settings and is offered to non-exercise and sports science/athletic training majors.


    The minor provides students with the knowledge necessary to understand exercise and sports science concepts, such as functional movement, responses, and adaptations. The coursework increases a student’s knowledge base, enhances qualifications, provides competitive edge in the allied health, wellness or fitness world and builds credibility. Students who complete this minor are eligible to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exams.


    The Health Sciences Minor is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of universal concepts related to health and healthcare. It is recommended for students from any major who plan to work in any aspect of healthcare. The coursework required for this academic minor allows students to tailor the 12 required credit hours from a list of courses that represent a variety of health and healthcare related disciplines.

  • Practice Settings
    • Sports Medicine Clinics
    • Orthopedic Clinics
    • Hospitals/Medical Centers
    • Universities/Colleges/High Schools
    • Recreational Centers
    • Military
    • Organized Sports
  • Internships Opportunities

    Internship opportunities in KRS are the culminating experience in which each student can apply classroom studies to real-world situations.

    Internships through The University of Tulsa ExSS program include:

    • Fitness Facilities (Corporate/Private/Community)
    • Hospital Wellness
    • Strength and Conditioning (High School/University)
    • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Physical/Occupational Therapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Physical Education Teaching
    • Sports/Recreation Retail
    • Professional Athletics
    • Activity for Individuals with Physical Challenges
    • University Intramural/Recreation
    • Medical Centers
    • Community Service Providers (Fire/Police)
  • Our Alumni

    Alumni have careers in a wide variety of settings, including:

    • College/university strength and conditioning coaches
    • Corporate wellness
    • Pharmaceutical sales
    • Community activity programming
    • Fitness facility management
    • K-12 physical education teaching
    • K-16 coaching

    Many graduates continue their education in graduate school, including programs in:

    • Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Professional programs – e.g., Chiropractic, Dental, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Medical School
    • Education – e.g., Foundations, Theory, Teaching