Kinesiology Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Kinesiology graduate program offers graduate study and research leading to a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in three major areas of specialization.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

This degree program is designed for the in-depth study of a particular field of study. It is possible for a full-time student to complete this degree program in one academic year plus one summer session. Most students complete the degree in 2 years.

Common Fields of Study

  • Biobehavioral Kinesiology examines the impact that physical activity and sport have upon individuals. This area includes Exercise and Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Kinesmetrics
  • Cultural, Pedagogical, & Interpretive Studies studies the interaction between physical activity and the individual from cultural, sociological and pedagogical perspectives.
  • Exercise Physiology studies work output, energy transfer, and movement efficiency in order to better understand the consequences of exercise stress on body systems.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this degree program requires:

  1. baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed
  3. official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both, verbal & quantitative
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. international students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum score of 580 on the paper based TOEFL test, 237 on the computer based test, or 92 on the internet-based test (iBT).
  6. students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score of 230 or higher on the Test of spoken English (TSE) or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) on versions prior to 1996. A score of 50 or higher on the newer versions.

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology

Doctor of Philosophy degree candidates pursue an advanced program of study and research in preparation for careers in research and teaching.

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or 3.5 for all graduate work if entering with a masters degree
  • official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both, verbal and quantitative.
  • three letters of recommendation.
  • international students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum score of 580 on the paper based TOEFL test, 237 on the computer based test, or 92 on the internet-based test (iBT).
  • students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score of 230 or higher on the Test of spoken English (TSE) or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) on versions prior to 1996. A score of 50 or higher on the newer versions.

Degree Requirements

  • Candidates must complete 96 graduate hours or 64 hours of work beyond the master's degree, including 32 hours of thesis research.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in research methodology appropriate to their area of study.
  • Ph.D. student progress is reviewed at the end of the first year of study.
  • Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete the preliminary and final doctoral examinations.

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