Kinesiology, M.S.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit supplementary application materials required by the department.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 36 credit hours

Breadth Requirement

To enhance their knowledge of the field of Kinesiology, students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology will consult with their advisor to select appropriate elective courses from at least two of the eight disciplinary areas (Applied Neuromechanics, Applied Sport Psychology, Community Youth Sport Development, Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Motor Behavior, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Medicine) outside the student's own concentration area. Credit requirements for the Breadth Requirement are listed in the footnote for the electives requirement of each option or concentration.

Thesis Option

Required: 36 credit hours

Research Techniques Requirement (3 credits)
HHS 625Research Methods in the Health and Human Sciences3
Electives (27 credits)
Select 27 credits in courses that constitute a specialized knowledge base relevant to student's academic interest and goals *27
Research and Thesis (6 credits)
KIN 699Thesis6
Total Credit Hours36
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With approval of the advisor. For those seeking a concentration in Applied Neuromechanics, Community Youth Sport Development, Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, or Sport and Exercise Psychology, the electives are designated in the concentration section. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Course Work Only Option

Required: 36 credit hours

Research Techniques Requirement (3 credits)
KIN 601Applying Research to Professional Practice3
Electives (30-33 credits)
Select 30-33 credits in courses that constitute a specialized knowledge base relevant to student's academic interests and goals 130-33
Integrative (Capstone) Experience (3 or 0 credits)
Select one of the following options:3 or 0
Course Option (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following: 2
Independent Study
Internship in Kinesiology
Field Practicum in Kinesiology
Practicum in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Comprehensive Examination Option (0 credits)
Complete a comprehensive examination 3
Total Credit Hours36
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With approval of the advisor. For those seeking a concentration in Applied Sport Psychology, Community Youth Sport Development, Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Motor Behavior, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or Sports Medicine, the specific course requirements are designated in the concentration section. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select elective courses up to 6 credits to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.
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With approval of the advisor.

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The student’s advisor and two other graduate faculty members, in consultation with the student, develop one comprehensive examination question that requires integration of various bodies of knowledge related to the student’s course of study. The question should also be related to the student’s particular professional focus. The student may use the full range of available scholarly resources including discussion with faculty in developing the answer. The completed answer must be submitted within six weeks after receiving the question. All three faculty members evaluate the questions using “pass” and “not pass” standards.

Thesis Option Concentrations

Applied Neuromechanics Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and Research and Thesis requirements listed under the Thesis Option, students in the Applied Neuromechanics Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Concentration Core (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills
Research Seminar in Applied Neuromechanics
Muscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Learning and Performance of Physical Skills
Neural Aspects of Motor Control
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives *18
Total Credit Hours27
*

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Community Youth Sport Development Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and Research and Thesis requirements listed under the Thesis Option, students in the Community and Youth Sport Development Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Courses (8 credits)
KIN 519Mentoring in Community Youth Development Programs2
KIN 520Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth3
KIN 521Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs in Youth Development3
Concentration Electives (19 credits)
Select 19 credits of electives *19
Total Credit Hours27
*

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and Research and Thesis requirements listed under the Thesis Option, students in the Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Course (3 credits)
KIN 731Curriculum Development in Kinesiology *3
Concentration Core (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Development and Implementation of Fitness Programs
Psycho-Social Aspects of Teaching Physical Education and Sport
Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Program Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Activity Programs
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives **18
Total Credit Hours27
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Core Grade Requirement for Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration: Students must receive a B or better in KIN 731 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 731 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 731 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the graduate faculty in Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.
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With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Exercise Physiology Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and Research and Thesis requirements listed under the Thesis Option, students in the Exercise Physiology Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Course (3 credits)
KIN 670Physiology of Exercise *3
Concentration Core (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Development and Implementation of Fitness Programs
Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Exercise and Older Adults
Exercise Electrocardiography and Cardiopulmonary Medications
Advanced Exercise Assessment
Advanced Exercise Prescription
Applied Human Work Physiology
Cardiovascular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Muscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Physical Activity and Health
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives **18
Total Credit Hours27
*

Students must receive a B or better in KIN 670 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 670 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 670 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the Graduate Faculty in Exercise Physiology. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.

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With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and Research and Thesis requirements listed under the Thesis Option, students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Course (3 credits)
KIN 644Psychology of Sport and Exercise *3
Concentration Core (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Exercise Psychology
Independent Study
Physical Activity and Health
Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury
Applied Sport Psychology
Seminar: Social Psychology and Physical Activity
Practicum in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Advanced Topics in Sport Exercise and Psychology
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives **18
Total Credit Hours27
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Core Grade Requirement for Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration: Students must receive a B or better in KIN 644 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 644 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 644 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the Graduate Faculty in Sport and Exercise Psychology. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.
**

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Course Work Only Option Concentrations

Applied Sport Psychology Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement (KIN 601 Applying Research to Professional Practice) listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Applied Sport Psychology Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Courses (15 credits)
KIN 644Psychology of Sport and Exercise 13
KIN 743Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury3
KIN 744Applied Sport Psychology3
CED 613Helping Relationships for Non-Majors3
HHS 654Ethics in Practice, Teaching, and Research3
Electives (15 credits)
KIN 645Exercise Psychology 23
or KIN 649 Principles of Physical Activity Behavior Change
KIN 746Practicum in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology6
Select an additional 6 credits of electives 36
Integrative Experience (Capstone) (3 credits)
KIN 746Practicum in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology3
Total Credit Hours33
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Core Grade Requirement for Applied Sport Psychology Concentration: Students must receive a B or better in KIN 644 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 644 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 644 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the graduate faculty in Sport and Exercise Psychology. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.

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In consultation with your advisor, select KIN 645 or KIN 649 to satisfy the AASP requirement for Psychological Foundations of Behavior (K7).

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One elective course (3 credits) must be selected to satisfy the AASP requirement for Diversity and Culture (K8). Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select one elective course (3 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

 
 

Non-Credit Professional Development Requirements

In addition to the 36 credits of course work, students are required to attend weekly professional development meetings and the departmental colloquium during each of the Fall and Spring semesters in the program.

Community Youth Sport Development Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement (KIN 601 Applying Research to Professional Practice) listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Community Youth Sport Development Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Courses (8 credits)
KIN 519Mentoring in Community Youth Development Programs2
KIN 520Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth3
KIN 521Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs in Youth Development3
Concentration Core (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Helping Relationships for Non-Majors
Mentoring in Community Youth Development Programs
Independent Study
Urban Political System
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Urban and Regional Development Policy
Social Control
Social Services for Children
Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
Concentration Electives (7-13 credits)
Select 7-13 credits of electives *7-13
Integrative Experience (Capstone) (3-6 credits)
Select one course (3-6 credits) from the following:3-6
Internship in Community Youth Sport Development Programs
Internship in Kinesiology
Field Practicum in Kinesiology
Total Credit Hours30-39
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With approval of the student's advisor.

Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and the Integrative Experience (Capstone) requirement listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Requirement (3 credits)
KIN 731Curriculum Development in Kinesiology *3
Concentration Core (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Development and Implementation of Fitness Programs
Psycho-Social Aspects of Teaching Physical Education and Sport
Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Program Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Activity Programs
Concentration Electives (15 credits)
Select a minimum of 15 credits of electives **15
Total Credit Hours30
*
Core Grade Requirement for Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education Concentration: Students must receive a B or better in KIN 731 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 731 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 731 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the graduate faculty in Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.
**

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select up to two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Exercise Physiology Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and the Integrative Experience (Capstone) requirement listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Exercise Physiology Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Course (3 credits)
KIN 670Physiology of Exercise *3
Concentration Core (12 credits)
Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Development and Implementation of Fitness Programs
Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Exercise and Older Adults
Exercise Electrocardiography and Cardiopulmonary Medications
Advanced Exercise Assessment
Advanced Exercise Prescription
Applied Human Work Physiology
Cardiovascular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Muscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Physical Activity and Health
Concentration Electives (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of electives **15
Total Credit Hours30
*
Students must receive a B or better in KIN 670 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 670 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 670 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the Graduate Faculty in Exercise Physiology. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.
**

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select up to two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Motor Behavior Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and the Integrative Experience (Capstone) requirement listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Motor Behavior Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Concentration Core (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills
Independent Study
Muscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
Learning and Performance of Physical Skills
Neural Aspects of Motor Control
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives *18
Total Credit Hours30
*

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select up to two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and the Integrative Experience (Capstone) requirement listed under the Course Work Only Option above, students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Core Required Course (3 credits)
KIN 644Psychology of Sport and Exercise *3
Concentration Core (6 credits)
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
Exercise Psychology
Independent Study
Physical Activity and Health
Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury
Applied Sport Psychology
Seminar: Social Psychology and Physical Activity
Practicum in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Advanced Topics in Sport Exercise and Psychology
Concentration Electives (21 credits)
Select 21 credits of electives **21
Total Credit Hours30
*
Core Grade Requirement for Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration: Students must receive a B or better in KIN 644 to satisfy degree requirements. KIN 644 may be taken a maximum of two times to achieve this outcome. Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student fails KIN 644 the first time the course is taken. The student may appeal this decision to the Graduate Faculty in Sport and Exercise Psychology. If a B or better is not earned after taking the course twice, the student will be automatically withdrawn with no opportunity to appeal.
**

With approval of the student's advsior. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select up to two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.

Sports Medicine Concentration

In addition to the Research Techniques Requirement and the Integrative Experience (Capstone) requirement listed under the Course Work Only Option, students in the Sports Medicine Concentration must also complete the following requirements:

Concentration Core (12 credits)
Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Assessment and Treatment of the Upper Extremity
Rehabilitation Techniques for Athletic Injuries
Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills
Physiology of Exercise
Mentored Teaching in Kinesiology
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Management and Professional Issues in Athletic Training
Neural Aspects of Motor Control
Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury
Concentration Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of electives *18
Total Credit Hours30
*

With approval of the student's advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate major or minor in Kinesiology must consult with their advisor to select up to two elective courses (6 credits) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.