Master of Arts in Kinesiology

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Degree Plans | Courses


Program Description

The graduate program in Kinesiology focuses on two distinct specializations: Sport Management and Sport and Human Performance. 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

Prospective students should contact the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator or Sport Management 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 or Sport Management 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.

Degree Plans

Plan 1 - MA in Kinesiology Sport Management (Non-thesis)

Notes
* KINE 5334 Practicum is taken twice for a total of six hours.
Master of Arts in Kinesiology Sport Management (non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (30 credit hours)
KINE 5362 Legal Issues in Sport 3
KINE 5363 Leadership in Health Promotion and Sport Management 3
KINE 5370 Sport Marketing: Theory and Practice 3
KINE 5371 Sport Finance and Sales 3
KINE 5373 Event and Facility Management 3
KINE 5374 Applied Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Management 3
KINE 5380 Ethics in Sport Management 3
KINE 5393 Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport 3
KINE 5389 Sports in American Culture 3
KINE 5382 Community and Media Relations in Sport 3
Practicum (3 credit hours)
KINE 5334 Practicum* 6
Total Credit Hours 36


Plan 2 - MA in Kinesiology Sport Management (Thesis Option)

Notes
* Once enrolled in KINE 6399 Thesis, students must enroll in this course continuously until graduation.
Master of Arts in Kinesiology Sport Management (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
KINE 5362 Legal Issues in Sport 3
KINE 5363 Leadership in Health Promotion and Sport Management 3
KINE 5370 Sport Marketing: Theory and Practice 3
KINE 5371 Sport Finance and Sales 3
KINE 5373 Event and Facility Management 3
KINE 5374 Applied Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Management 3
KINE 5380 Ethics in Sport Management 3
KINE 5393 Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport 3
Thesis (6 credit hours)
KINE 6098 Thesis I 3
KINE 6399 Thesis II* 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Sport and Human Performance Specialization
The mission of the Sport and Human Performance 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 Masters of Art in Kinesiology - Sport and Human Performance (SHP) track is focused on helping students apply exercise science concepts in clinical, commercial, and athletic settings. The SHP program uses foundational classes in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, and research to support the application of exercise principles to a wide variety of populations in various clinical and applied settings.

Plan 3 - MA in Kinesiology - Sport and Human Performance (Non-thesis)

Master of Arts in Kinesiology Sport and Human Performance (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
KINE 5367 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3
KINE 5372 Youth Fitness 3
KINE 5374 Applied Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Management 3
KINE 5379 Management of Adult Fitness Programs 3
KINE 5395 Advanced Biomechanics 3
KINE 5398 Significance of Motor Learning 3
KINE 5396 Training the Anaerobic and Aerobic Athlete 3
KINE 5394 Training for Special/Critical Populations 3
Electives (12 credit hours)
KINE 5377 Independent Studies 3
KINE 5390 Excercise Science Lab Practicum 3
KINE 5393 Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport 3
KINE 5399 Workshop in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport 3
Students may choose to take up to 6 credit hours outside of the department and must be approved by the graduate advisor.
Total Credit Hours 36

Plan 4 - MA in Kinesiology Sport and Human Performance (Non-thesis, Practicum)

Notes
* KINE 5334 Practicum may be taken twice for a total of six hours. 200 hours of practicum required per 3 hours of academic credit. Practicum location and position must be approved by the graduate advisor.
Master of Arts in Kinesiology Sport and Human Performance (Non-thesis option, Practicum)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
KINE 5367 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3
KINE 5372 Youth Fitness 3
KINE 5374 Applied Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Management 3
KINE 5379 Management of Adult Fitness Programs 3
KINE 5395 Advanced Biomechanics 3
KINE 5398 Significance of Motor Learning 3
KINE 5396 Training the Anaerobic and Aerobic Athlete 3
KINE 5394 Training for Special/Critical Populations 3
Electives (6 - 9 credit hours)  (Choose one from:)
KINE 5377 Independent Studies 3
KINE 5390 Excercise Science Lab Practicum 3
KINE 5393 Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Sport 3
KINE 5399 Workshop in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport 3
Students may choose to take up to 6 credit hours outside of the department and must be approved by the graduate advisor.
Practicum (3 - 6 credit hours)
KINE 5334 Practicum* 3
Total Credit Hours 36

Plan 5 - MA in Kinesiology - Sport and Human Performance (Thesis Option)

Notes
* Once enrolled in KINE 6399 Thesis, students must continuously enroll in this course until graduation.
Master of Arts in Kinesiology Sport and Human Performance (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
KINE 5367 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3
KINE 5372 Youth Fitness 3
KINE 5374 Applied Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Management 3
KINE 5379 Management of Adult Fitness Programs 3
KINE 5395 Advanced Biomechanics 3
KINE 5398 Significance of Motor Learning 3
KINE 5396 Training the Anaerobic and Aerobic Athlete 3
KINE 5394 Training for Special/Critical Populations 3
Thesis (6 credit hours)
KINE 6098 Thesis I 3
KINE 6399 Thesis II* 3
Total Credit Hours 30

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. Transferred coursework must be approved by the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator or the Sport Management Graduate Coordinator. For any of the graduate degree options, only one independent study (KINE 5377) may be applied toward the coursework. Consult the graduate catalog for course descriptions. All coursework falling under one of these considerations must have the approval of the graduate coordinator for the program. Application of workshops (KINE 5399) is limited to 6 hours.

At the conclusion of the program, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination covering content from select courses, exclusive of the thesis if applicable. Those selecting the thesis option are also required to successfully complete an oral defense of their 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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