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 to this degree program requires:
- baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
- minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed
- official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both, verbal & 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 102 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.
- 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).