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Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science Degree Program in Kinesiology provides advanced, research-oriented study of kinesiology, the study of movement or exercise. Emphasis is on the exercise sciences—exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor learning. Previous courses in the exercise sciences and/or the basic sciences typically provide excellent preparation for the M.S. Kinesiology Degree Program.

The curriculum consists of 15 hours of required core courses, 15 hours of electives, and 6 hours of thesis or internship. Elective courses are typically chosen from courses offered by the Department of Health and Kinesiology and must be approved by the student's academic adviser. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in research with faculty, and to select the thesis option. Completing a thesis is especially desirable for a student who plans to pursue doctoral studies. A student considering the thesis option should discuss this with the academic adviser early in the degree program.

The curriculum leading to the M.S.-Kinesiology Degree may be completed via traditional face-to-face classes, entirely online, or via a combination of face-to-face and online classes. Some of the required core courses may be offered in synchronous online format, typically scheduled one evening (Tyler time) per week. Other courses may be in synchronous or asynchronous online format. It is often more difficult, and sometimes impossible, for an "online student" to do research and complete a thesis. The possibility and difficulty depend on the research question and the type of research design and methods involved. These would have to be discussed with individual faculty.


Required core courses (15 hours):

  • HECC 5303 Research Design*
  • HECC 5317 Biometric Methods (Statistics)*
  • KINE 5307 Motor Learning
  • KINE 5313 Physiology of Exercise I or KINE 5315 Physiology of Exercise II*
  • KINE 5335 Biomechanics*

*Offered synchronously online

Thesis or Internship (6 hours):

  • HECC 5395 Thesis I and HECC 5396 Thesis II


  • HECC 5397 and 5398 Internship

Elective courses (15 hours) – Following is a nonexhaustive list of potential elective courses. Not all of these courses are offered online.

  • ALHS 5320 The US Health System
  • ALHS 5322 Nutrition, Health and Disease
  • CEPH 5223 & 5123 Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology & Lab
  • HECC 5370 Ethics
  • HECC 5393 Contemporary Issues in Health & Kinesiology
  • KINE 5216 & 5116 Exercise Metabolism & Lab
  • KINE 5305 Motor Development
  • KINE 5306 Topics in Motor Performance
  • KINE 5310 Sport Psychology
  • KINE 5317 Training Methods
  • KINE 5310 Aging and Physical Performance
  • KINE 5333 Topics in Biomechanics
  • KINE 5338 Issues in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • KINE 5341 Sports Nutrition
  • NURS 5356 Health Promotion in Individuals and Communities