M.A. in Kinesiology

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The graduate program in Kinesiology focuses on two distinct specializations: Sport Management and Exercise Science. Each specialization is designed to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers within a variety of sport, exercise, recreation, and fitness settings by providing the highest quality educational experiences. This graduate degree is also appropriate for students planning to continue their training in doctoral programs at other institutions.


Admissions

Please submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript form the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Bachelor's degree with a major or minor in Kinesiology/Sport Management or a related field
  5. Twelve hours of advanced coursework related to the master's emphasis; must be approved by the Kinesiology graduate coordinator
  6. Two Recommendation Letters
  7. Statement of Intent/Interest
  8. Official GRE Scores

*NOTE: For regular admission, students should meet the following formula: 250(UGPA) + GRE scores = 1500 or higher

Prospective students should contact the Kinesiology graduate coordinator for a list of additional materials that may be required for admission consideration. Students who do not meet the entrance requirements may be conditionally admitted for one semester, pending approval from the Kinesiology graduate coordinator. Students admitted to the program on a conditional basis are allowed to complete a maximum of 6 graduate hours.


Degree Requirements

Sport Management Specialization
The mission of the graduate Sport Management specialization is to effectively prepare students for a variety of executive positions within athletic and sport organizations at the community, educational, and/or professional levels. Students will be provided quality instruction, the latest technology, opportunities for research and professional development, field-based experiences, and excellent internship opportunities. In return, students are required to become acquainted with relevant issues in the field, understand the research process, and represent the program’s goals and objectives in the industry. Individuals completing the program will be ready to assume leadership positions in the sport management and/or academic domains.

Plan 1 - M.A. in Kinesiology
Sport Management
(Non-thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
KINE 5362 <KINE 562> Legal Issues in Sport
KINE 5363 <KINE 563> Leadership in Health Promotion and Sport Management
KINE 5370 <KINE 570> Sport Marketing: Theory and Practice
KINE 5371 <KINE 571> Sport Finance and Sales
KINE 5373 <KINE 573> Event and Facility Management
KINE 5374 <KINE 574> Research Seminar
KINE 5380 <KINE 580> Ethics in Sport Management
KINE 5393 <KINE 593> Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport
KINE 5389 <KINE 589> Sports in American Culture
KINE 5334 <KINE 534> Practicum1
33
2
Elective
Choose one from:
Graduate courses in KINE2
3
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 KINE 5334 <KIN 534> Practicum is taken twice for a total of six hours.
2 Selection must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

 

Plan 2 - M.A. in Kinesiology
Sport Management
(Thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
KINE 5362 <KIN 562> Legal Issues in Sport
KINE 5363 <KIN 563> Leadership in Health Promotion and Sport Management
KINE 5370 <KIN 570> Sport Marketing: Theory and Practice
KINE 5371 <KIN 571> Sport Finance and Sales
KINE 5373 <KIN 573> Event and Facility Management
KINE 5374 <KIN 574> Research Seminar
KINE 5380 <KIN 580> Ethics in Sport Management
KINE 5393 <KIN 593> Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport
24
2
Thesis
Choose all from:
KINE 6398 <KIN 698> Thesis
KINE 6399 <KIN 699> Thesis1
6
TOTAL
30
Notes:
1 Once enrolled in KINE 6399 <KIN 699> Thesis, students must enroll in this course continuously until graduation.

 

Exercise Science Specialization
The mission of the Exercise Science specialization is to advance students’ understanding of relationships among movement, exercise, and skill that occur in the contexts of development, learning, rehabilitation, and training. The program seeks to prepare future professionals for movement-related fields such as teaching, coaching, personal exercise, training, and fitness. Learning occurs through the study of movement and exercise processes within a framework that emphasizes the clinical and practical implications of theory and research.

Plan 3 - M.A. in Kinesiology
Exercise Science
(Non-thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
KINE 5367 <KIN 567> Advanced Physiology of Exercise
KINE 5372 <KIN 572> Youth Fitness
KINE 5374 <KIN 574> Research Seminar
KINE 5379 <KIN 579> Management of Adult Fitness Programs
KINE 5395 <KIN 595> Advanced Biomechanics
KINE 5398 <KIN 598> Significance of Motor Learning
KINE 5334 <KIN 534> Practicum1
24
2
Electives
Choose four from:
Graduate courses in KINE2
12
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 KINE 5334 <KIN 534> Practicum is taken twice for a total of six hours.
2 Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

 

Plan 4 - M.A. in Kinesiology
Exercise Science
(Thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
KINE 5367 <KIN 567> Advanced Physiology of Exercise
KINE 5372 <KIN 572> Youth Fitness
KINE 5374 <KIN 574> Research Seminar
KINE 5375 <KIN 575> Statistical Design in Health and Kinesiology
KINE 5379 <KIN 579> Management of Adult Fitness Programs
KINE 5395 <KIN 595> Advanced Biomechanics
KINE 5398 <KIN 598> Significance of Motor Learning
21
2
Elective
Choose one from:
Graduate courses in KINE1
3
3 Thesis Choose all from:
KINE 6398 <KIN 698> Thesis
KINE 6399 <KIN 699> Thesis2
6
TOTAL
30
Notes:
1 Selection must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
2 Once enrolled in KINE 6399 <KIN 699> Thesis, students must continuously enroll in this course until graduation.

For a 30-hour program, a maximum of 6 hours of coursework can be transferred from another institution, or applied to the graduate program from an area of study outside of Kinesiology. For a 36-hour program, a maximum number of 9 hours can be transferred from another institution, or applied from disciplines outside of Kinesiology. Transferred coursework must be approved by the Kinesiology graduate coordinator. For any of the graduate degree options, only one independent study (KINE 5377) may be applied toward the coursework. Consult the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions. All coursework falling under one of these considerations must have the approval of the Chair of the Health and Kinesiology Graduate Committee. Application of workshops (KINE 5399) is limited to 6 hours for a 36-hour degree plan, and 3 hours for a 30-hour program.

At the conclusion of the program, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination covering all coursework, exclusive of the thesis if applicable. Those selecting the thesis option are also required to successfully complete an oral defense of that research study. The comprehensive examination can be taken when the student is within his/her final 6-hours of coursework, and must be completed at least three-weeks prior to the graduation date. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which the comprehensive examinations are taken.

The oral defense must be completed at least four-weeks prior to graduation to allow sufficient time for review of the thesis by various administrative offices. Students should consult the calendar that appears at the beginning of the Graduate Catalog for the specific date the manuscript must be submitted to the Dean’s office.


Courses

Kinesiology (KINE)

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