Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Program

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.

Degree Requirements

  • Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 32 hours, 16 of which must be completed in Kinesiology.
  • 8 hours must come from the identified major area of study; and 4 hours must be taken from one additional area of study in the department.
  • 12 of the total hours must include 500-level courses.
  • Of the 16 hours in Kinesiology, Kinesiology 501 (Research Methods' in Kinesiology) or an equivalent graduate-level research methods course appropriate to a student's program of study is required.
  • No more than 8 hours of graduate credit from another institution may be substituted.
  • A student may choose to write an acceptable thesis for 8 hours of credit (i.e., Kinesiology 599) or select a non-thesis option by substituting 8 hours of credit (i.e., approved credit that includes at least 4 hours of Kinesiology 590 (Independent Study).