Matthew S. Ganio
Department Head
306 HPER Building
479-575-2857 

Steve Dittmore
Assistant Department Head
306C HPER Building
479-575-6625
E-mail: dittmore@uark.edu

Kinesiology Program website

Degrees Conferred:
M.S. in Kinesiology (KINS)
Ph.D. in Health, Sport and Exercise Science (HSES)

Program Description: The Kinesiology program prepares students with the competencies necessary to pursue career opportunities as ACSM certified fitness directors (M.S. Exercise Science concentration), clinical directors of a hospital or a clinically based program which performs rehabilitation services in the realm of movement for people with disabilities (M.S. Adapted Movement Science concentration), as teachers/scholars and leaders in a University-housed Kinesiology/Exercise Science program and Human Performance Laboratory setting (Ph.D. Kinesiology - Exercise Science concentration), and/or Pedagogy faculty settings (Ph.D. Kinesiology - Pedagogy concentration). The minimum number of credit hours for the M.S. degree is 33 and 60 hours are required for the Ph.D.

Areas of Concentration for the Master of Science Degree: Adapted movement science. Areas of specialization within the Exercise Science Concentration include biomechanics, exercise management, and exercise physiology.

Prerequisites to Degree Program: For acceptance to the master’s degree programs, the program area requires, in addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or in a related field and the following admission standards: an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or if the overall undergraduate GPA is between 2.70 and 2.99, the student must have a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (excluding student teaching), or a GRE score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the general test.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree: Candidates for the M.S. degree in kinesiology with a concentration in either adapted movement science or exercise science must complete 27 semester hours of graduate work and a thesis or 33 semester hours without a thesis. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required for graduation. In addition, all degree candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Adapted Movement Science Concentration: (33 hours)

Required Research Component
ESRM 5393Statistics in Education and Health Professions (Sp, Su, Fa)3
ESRM 6403Educational Statistics and Data Processing (Sp, Su, Fa)3
HHPR 5353Research in Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Required Courses
PHED 5413Adapted Movement Science (Even years, Fa)3
EXSC 5323Biomechanics I (Fa)3
KINS 5423Assessment and Prescriptive Programming in Adapted Movement Science (Odd years, Sp)3
EXSC 5513Physiology Exercise I (Fa)3
Required Project or Thesis
KINS 589VIndependent Research (Sp, Su, Fa)3-6
or KINS 600V Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa)
Approved Electives6-9
Total Hours33

Exercise Science Concentration: (33 hours)

Required Research Component
ESRM 5393Statistics in Education and Health Professions (Sp, Su, Fa)3
or ESRM 6403 Educational Statistics and Data Processing (Sp, Su, Fa)
HHPR 5353Research in Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Required Courses
EXSC 5513Physiology Exercise I (Fa)3
EXSC 5323Biomechanics I (Fa)3
EXSC 5593Practicum in Laboratory Instrumentation (Su, Fa)3
Required Project or Thesis
KINS 589VIndependent Research (Sp, Su, Fa)3-6
or KINS 600V Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa)
Approved Electives12-15
Areas of Concentration for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree: Pedagogy and Exercise Science.
Total Hours33

Courses

KINS 5423. Assessment and Prescriptive Programming in Adapted Movement Science (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Instruction in the assessment, prescription, and use of instruction methods, materials, and equipment relevant to working with people with disabilities.

KINS 5493. Practicum in Adapted Physical Education (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Deals with the application of skills, knowledge and concepts necessary for planning, organizing and conducting adapted physical education programs through supervised field experiences.

KINS 5643. Motor Learning (Sp). 3 Hours.

Concepts of motor learning and control are presented. Attention is given to an analysis of the literature in movement control, motor behavior, and motor learning.

KINS 574V. Internship (Sp). 1-6 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

KINS 5753. Sport Psychology (Su). 3 Hours.

Investigation of historical and contemporary research in sport psychology.

KINS 589V. Independent Research (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

Development, implementation, and completion of basic or applied research project. Prerequisite: M.S. degree program in exercise and movement sciences and HHPR 5353 and ESRM 5393.

KINS 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Master's Thesis. May be repeated for degree credit.

KINS 605V. Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

Provides students with an opportunity to pursue special study of educational problems. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

KINS 674V. Internship (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.