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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 Physical Education (Even years, Fa)3
EXSC 5323Biomechanics I (Fa)3
KINS 5423Assessment and Prescriptive Programming in Adapted KINS (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

Admission to Ph.D. Degree Program:

The applicant must have 1) completed a master’s degree or its equivalent in a field related to their specialization area to which they are applying, 2) meet general admission requirements of the Graduate School, 3) a GPA of at least 3.00 on all graduate course work; and 4) an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Admission will be based on the willingness and ability of a graduate faculty member to accept a new student.  Additional prerequisites may be prescribed after review of application materials.

Applications must include the following: 

1) Curriculum vitae.

2) Statement of purpose and research interest, including specification of the area of concentration to which you are applying. 

3) Academic transcripts

4) Three letters of recommendation

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree:

A minimum of 60 graduate semester hours, including 18 hours of dissertation, is required after admission into the Ph.D. program. In the event required courses for the Ph.D. program have been taken during a student’s master’s degree program, they will need to substitute another graduate course in lieu of the required course.  A doctoral advisory committee will be established by the student in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Study during the first semester of enrollment subsequent to acceptance into the degree program. The student, in conjunction with the advisory committee, will define the program of study. The degree program requires successful completion of qualifying examinations, dissertation, and an oral defense of the dissertation. These last requirements are described elsewhere in this catalog.

HHPR 5353Research in Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Sp, Su, Fa)3
ESRM 5393Statistics in Education and Health Professions (Sp, Su, Fa)3
HHPR 700VDoctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa)18
Research and Statistical Requirements
A minimum of 18 hours approved by doctoral advisory committee.18
Total Hours42

Requirements for each area of concentration are presented below.

Requirements for Exercise Science Concentration:

Exercise Science Core
EXSC 5323Biomechanics I (Fa)3
EXSC 5513Physiology Exercise I (Fa)3
EXSC 5593Practicum in Laboratory Instrumentation (Su, Fa)3
Cognate
The student, in consultation with the doctoral advisory committee, will identify hours of further course work comprising a field of study in an area of interest. Course work may be selected from several related disciplines or a single discipline.9
Electives
Students must complete 36 hours of graduate electives as approved by the doctoral advisory committee.36
Total Hours54

Requirements for the Pedagogy Concentration: 

Pedagogy Core
PHED 5233Research on Teaching in Physical Education (Odd years, Fa)3
PHED 6363Supervision in Physical Education (Odd years, Fa)3
KINS 674VInternship (Irregular)3
HHPR 689VDirected Research (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Cognate
A minimum of 6 hours approved by doctoral advisory committee.6
Electives
The student, in consultation with the doctoral advisory committee, will identify further course work comprising a field of study in kinesiology and consistent with the goals and objectives of the student and institution. Course work may be selected from several related disciplines or a single discipline.36
Total Hours54

Courses

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

Instruction in the assessment, prescription, and use of instruction methods, materials, and equipment relevant to specific handicapping conditions in the adapted physical education setting.

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.

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.