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Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Program in Kinesiology provides advanced study of kinesiology (the study of movement) with a core focus on exercise science. The program prepares for a broad range of careers related to exercise or provides a foundation for subsequent doctoral study. This degree program is also appropriate for clinicians, such as physical therapists and athletic trainers, who want to further their understanding of the science related to their areas of practice.

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. The curriculum consists of 18 hours of required core courses, 12 hours of electives, and six hours of thesis or internship. Elective courses, which are typically but not necessarily chosen from courses offered by the Department of Health and Kinesiology, 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. For a student who does not complete a thesis, earning the M.S.-Kinesiology Degree requires satisfactory completion of a comprehensive exam in the latter part of the student’s program of study.

Curriculum (36 semester credit hours)

Required core courses (18 hours):

  • HECC 5303 Research Design
  • HECC 5317 Biometric Methods (Statistics)
  • KINE 5307 Motor Learning
  • KINE 5313 Exercise Physiology I (Skeletal Muscle & Metabolism)
  • KINE 5315 Exercise Physiology II (Cardiorespiratory)
  • KINE 5335 Biomechanics

Elective courses (12 hours approved by adviser)

Thesis or Internship (6 hours):

  • HECC 5395 and HECC 5396: Thesis I & II


  • HECC 5397 and 5398: Internship I & II