Master of Science in Kinesiology

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General Information

The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree includes several plans that vary with thesis or non-thesis options for support and elective classes. The program is designed to help students develop conceptual and theoretical thinking skills and to obtain knowledge and abilities that will prepare them as scholars, future leaders, practitioners, educators, or administrators in their respective areas. The kinesiology program offers a graduate degree that can prepare students for health- and/or kinesiology-related careers in the public or private sectors.

Who Should Apply?

Students who are interested in pursuing a doctorate degree, teaching as a lecturer in junior and senior colleges, qualifying for positions and/or advancement in public schools or corporate and clinical settings should consider applying for the program.

Program Details

The degree may be pursued under a 30-credit hour thesis program (Plans I-A or I-B) or a 36-credit hourprogram requiring a research project (Plans II and III). Plans I-A, II and III also afford students the opportunity to take coursework in a resource area(s) or supporting field. Students may pursue a kinesiology generalist degree or may choose to tailor their major elective, resource area(s), supporting field coursework and/or research so that their degree plan emphasizes sport administration/kinesiology pedagogy or health/exercise science.

The Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory houses equipment for class laboratories and research data collection, which includes exercise testing treadmill and cycle ergometers, body composition equipment, a ParvoMedics TrueOne® 2400 Metabolic Cart, Spiropet spirometers, heart rate monitors, aneroid and mercury blood pressure cuffs, lipid, glucose, and lactate analyzers, O2 saturation monitors, stopwatches, metronomes, goniometers, inclinometers, hand dynamometers, pedometers, and other fitness testing equipment. Students are exposed to laboratory experiences, research opportunities and use of technology commonly employed in the kinesiology field.

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Curricula

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Physiology of Exercise

3 credit hours

Research Methods in Kinesiology

3 credit hours

Statistical Analysis of Research Data

3 credit hours

Elective Requirement (3 to 15 credit hours, depending on plan)

Sports Coaching and Officiating

3 credit hours

Teaching College Physical Education

3 credit hours

Administration of Athletics

3 credit hours

Organization & Administration of Kinesiology Programs

3 credit hours

Current Issues in Kinesiology Programs

3 credit hours

History & Philosophy of Sport & Human Performance

3 credit hours

Sport & Athletic Law

3 credit hours

Psychological Aspects of Kinesiology

3 credit hours

Motor Development

3 credit hours

Exercise Testing and Prescription

3 credit hours

Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Control

3 credit hours

Performance in Environmental Extremes

3 credit hours

Youth Fitness and Performance

3 credit hours

Aging and Physical Activity

3 credit hours

Research (3 to 6 credit hours, depending on plan)

Graduate Research Project

3 credit hours

Thesis (2 semesters)

6 credit hours

Support (0 to 12 credit hours, depending on plan)
These courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Health

  • Guidance and Counseling

  • Educational Administration

  • Management

  • Psychology

Degree Plans Options 

Kinesiology Graduate Degree Plan I-A (pdf) Kinesiology Graduate Degree Plan I-B (pdf)

 Kinesiology Graduate Degree Plan III (pdf)

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(PLAN I-A)
Major with Thesis and Supporting Field: Plan I-A’s 30 credit hour requirement is met through major core and elective coursework (12-18 credit hours), major thesis research (6 credit hours), and coursework in a supporting field of study (6-12 credit hours)
Grd Cr Hr
MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credit hours):
Select from applicable EDKN courses
EDKN 5312: Physiology of Exercise 3
EDKN 5317: Research in Kinesiology 3
EDKN 5338: Statistical Analysis of Research 3
MAJOR THESIS RESEARCH (6 credit hours):
EDKN 5306A-Thesis I

3
EDKN 5306B-Thesis II

3

SUPPORTING FIELD COURSES (6-12 credit hours):
Select from applicable courses within the support field.  NOTE:  Support fields and courses must be approved by the Program Advisor

(PLAN III)
Major with Research Project and Resource Areas: Plan III’s 36 credit hour requirement is met through major core and elective coursework (21-24 credit hours), major research project (3 credit hours), and coursework in one (9 credit hours) or two (6 credit hours each = 12 credit hours) resource areas (courses from a concentrated area of study)

Grd

Cr Hr

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 credit hours):

EDKN 5312: Physiology of Exercise

3

EDKN 5317: Research in Kinesiology

3

EDKN 5338: Statistical Analysis of Research

3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (12-15 credit hours):

Select from applicable EDKN courses

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT (3 credit hours):

EDKN 5305-Graduate Research Project

3

RESOURCE AREA(S) COURSES (9-12 credit hours):
Select from applicable courses within the resource area(s). NOTE: Resource areas and courses must be approved by the Program Advisor



(PLAN I-B)
Major with Thesis: Plan I-B’s 30 credit hour requirement is met through major core and elective coursework (24 credit hours) and major thesis research (6 credit hours)  

Grd

Cr Hr

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS)

EDKN 5312: Physiology of Exercise

3

EDKN 5317: Research in Kinesiology

3

EDKN 5338: Statistical Analysis of Research

3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credit hours):
Select from applicable EDKN courses or approved courses in a resource area outside EDKN. NOTE: No more than 6 credit hours outside of EDKN may be used as major electives for Plan I-B

Select from applicable EDKN courses

 MAJOR THESIS RESEARCH (6 CREDIT HOURS)

EDKN 5306A-Thesis I

3

EDKN 5306B-Thesis II

3

 



  

Students interested in pursuing a career in any health-related field, such as public health, health policy, health economics, social work, health care or medicine, and others may be interested in these graduate classes.These graduate classes can also help the student to pursue graduate or terminal degrees, work in research, policy, or direct care organizations 

EDHL 5311 Scientific Foundations of Health Education

EDHL 5321 Critical Analysis of Current Issues in Health Education

EDHL 5322 Seminar in Selected Topics

Graduate students may also be interested in:

MGMT 5361: Healthcare Management & Marketing

MGMT 5362: Health Policy Analysis

MGMT 5363: Health Insurance System

MGMT 5364: Population Health & Epidemiology

Admission Requirements

A student must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and to a specific program in order to take graduate level courses.

Application Process

Each applicant must submit their application and required documents by the appropriate semester deadline, to the Office of Admissions. The application is available online at Apply Texas. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Welcome Center at (210) 784-1300. Please mail official transcripts to Texas A&M University-San Antonio • ATTN: Graduate Admissions • One University Way • San Antonio, TX 78224.

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