This program is designed to prepare students for careers in areas associated with physical activity and sports. The student has a choice of area specialization from one of the following options: Sports Management, Exercise Science, or Pedagogy (Teaching Physical Education).
Students may contact the school graduate coordinator for specific course requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes Per Option
- Explain the major theories and concepts of the Sports Management discipline.
- Apply sports management and leadership principles to various sports organizations.
- Apply promotion and public relation strategies.
- Analyze and conduct sport marketing research.
- Analyze financial management in sport industry and create successful strategies for a sport enterprise.
- Analyze case law in the sport industry and create legal strategies for successful sport enterprise.
- Use graduate level theories and concepts to demonstrate organizational, managerial, and administrative skills.
• Apply Exercise principles with diverse populations in a variety of situations.
• Demonstrate and apply skills and knowledge of Exercise Science through laboratories, internships, and other appropriate programs.
- Advance content and pedagogical knowledge for improved professional practice.
- Enhance instructional effectiveness in Physical Education
- Continue professional development in the field of Physical Education K-12
To be accepted into Exercise Science, a student must have a major in Exercise Science, Physical Education or appropriate exercise science background courses. To be accepted into Pedagogy, a student must have a major in Physical Education K-12. This degree is not appropriate for individuals seeking teaching certification. To be accepted into Sport Management, a student must have a major related to Business Management , Sport Management or appropriate background courses. Individuals without this background are required to take SM 5750 - Foundations in Sport Management (3) before or concurrently during their first semester in the program. If SM 5750 is not offered during the semester, the student is able to take courses, but must take SM 5750 during the first semester it is offered. Students can choose either to do an Internship or a Thesis. Internship Area students must have at least 21 hours in the program completed to be eligible to enroll in SM 6980 - Internship (2-6) . Thesis Area students must take KIN 6990 - Thesis (6) and must pass an oral defense of his/her thesis before completion of the degree. For all Master of Science in Kinesiology degree programs a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or a grade point average of 3.00 on 9 semester hours of earned graduate credit is required.
For International students seeking admission into the program additional requirements apply:
For unconditional admission International students must submit English proficiency scores with a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, 565 paper based TOEFL, or 87 internet based TOEFL. Applicants not meeting the minimum required English proficiency scores may apply for conditional admission if their English proficiency scores are 6.0 IELTS, 550 paper based TOEFL, or 79 internet based TOEFL. All conditionally admitted students must enroll into the appropriate Intensive English Program to improve English proficiency scores to become unconditionally admitted before enrolling in courses for the MS in Kinesiology program.
For graduate applicants who do not meet the 2.75 GPA requirement, additional items will be required:
- Statement of Purpose - statement articulating why the prospective student wants to pursue and advanced degree in our program.
- Reference - Names of references will be requested in order to contact these individuals regarding the potential graduate student’s ability to successfully complete the graduate degree.
NOTE: GRE score is recommended for students not meeting GPA requirements.
Application Due Dates: To be considered for admissions into the M.S. in Kinesiology degree program and to ensure available capacity, early submission of application materials is recommended. Priority consideration will be give to students who apply at the beginning of the semester prior to the anticipated admissions term. They will be notified of their admission status via an email. Admission decision will be based upon the merit of the application and the available space in the program for the student.