Degree Requirements

Students admitted into the kinesiological sciences masters program must complete the Core Requirements and the thesis, non-thesis, or the athletic training sciences options. Enrollment in the athletic training sciences courses is restricted to the students admitted to the athletic training graduate assistant program. A minimum grade of "B-" is required in all graduate courses. Any course in which a student receives lower than a grade of 'B-' must be successfully repeated in the next term the course is offered. Failure to successfully complete a repeated course will result in academic dismissal from the program.

Core Requirements (18 credits)
Requires the completion of 18 credit hours of courses in Kinesiology theory, instrumentation, and research skills. Theory and Instrumentation courses are 8 weeks long and consists of four courses each. Research skills courses are 16 weeks long and consists of two courses.

Kinesiology Theory Courses (8 weeks)
KIN 501 Biomechanics of Human Movement (1.5 cr)
KIN 502 Muscle/Tissue Mechanics (1.5 cr)
KIN 503 Sensorimotor Control (1.5 cr)
KIN 504 Physiology of Human Movement (1.5 cr)

Kinesiology Instrumentation Courses (8 weeks)
KIN 511 2-Dimensional Video Analysis (1.5 cr)
KIN 512 3-Dimensional Motion Analysis (1.5 cr)
KIN 513 Force Plate and Electromyography (1.5 cr)
KIN 514 Metabolism and Composition (1.5 cr)

Kinesiology Research Skills Courses (16 weeks)
KIN 521 Statistical Literacy (3 cr)
KIN 522 Research Literacy (3 cr)

Options Courses (18 credits)
Upon successful completion of the core requirements, requires the completion of 18 credit hours of courses from three option areas of study: thesis, non-thesis, or athletic training sciences (hybrid).

Thesis Option: Required Thesis Courses (6 credits) + Four KIN electives (12 credits)
 
Required Courses:
KIN 531 Rehabilitation Research Design Procedures (3 cr)
KIN 599 Thesis (var. 1-6)

Option Courses (minimum of four courses required)
KIN 500 Topics in Kinesiological Sciences (var. 1-6 cr: max. 12 cr)
KIN 535 Perception-Action Coupling (3 cr)
KIN 541 Behavioral Medicine (3 cr)
KIN 550 Resistance Training Principles & Practice (3 cr)
KIN 570 Advanced Physiology of Human Movement (3 cr)
KIN 575 Movement Performance Analytics (3 cr)
KIN 580 Mechanical Modeling of Human Motion (3 cr)
KIN 585 Advanced Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3 cr)
KIN 586 Advanced Neuromechanics of Sport Performance (3 cr)
KIN 587/588. Independent Study in Kinesiological Sciences (var. 1-6 cr: max. 6 cr)

Non-thesis Option: Required Comprehensive Exam + Internship 
(6 credits) + Four KIN electives (12 credits)
Comprehensive Exams​
Written comprehensive examinations will be taken during the student's last semester while enrolled in internship credits. Questions will address three areas: (1) core (theory); (2) instrumentation; and (3) research. Supervisory committee members will write the questions and grade the answers. Supervisory committee members will meet and discuss the written examinations and decide whether the student: passes; must re-write any part; take an oral exam on any part; or fails
  1. If the student re-writes any part or takes an oral exam on any part and fails that part a second time, he/she must wait and take the entire written examination again the following semester. 
  2. If the student fails, he/she must wait and take the entire written examination again the following semester. 
  3. When a student fails the exam, the student may be required to enroll in a course to correct deficiencies.
  4. A limit of two attempts are permitted for the written examination. Failure to pass after two attempts results in dismissal from the program.
Internship
Upon completion of at least 30 credit hours, a non-thesis student majoring in Kinesiological Sciences must complete an Internship, which serves as the exit requirement for the Master of Science degree. This project is the final step in the degree process and must be completed prior to graduation. The purpose of the Capstone Project is threefold: (1) documents that the student is able to take newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to professional practice; (2) helps the student understand their weaknesses and strengths when seeking employment; and (3) prepares the student in organizing information that will help them in seeking employment by effectively promoting themselves

Required Course
KIN 590 Internship (var. 1-6)

Option Courses (minimum of four courses required)
KIN 500 Topics in Kinesiological sciences (var. 1-6 cr: max. 12 cr)
KIN 535 Perception-Action Coupling (3 cr)
KIN 541 Behavioral Medicine
KIN 550 Resistance Training Principles & Practice (3 cr)
KIN 570 Advanced Physiology of Human Movement (3 cr)
KIN 575 Movement Performance Analytics (3 cr)
KIN 580 Mechanical Modeling of Human Motion (3 cr)
KIN 585 Advanced Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3 cr)
KIN 586 Advanced Neuromechanics of Sport Performance (3 cr)
KIN 587/588. Independent Study in Kinesiological Sciences (var. 1-6 cr: max. 6 cr)

Athletic Training Sciences Option (hybrid 8-week courses: 18 credits)
Open only to students admitted in the Athletic Training Graduate Assistant Program. The following six 8-week courses are offered as one course per 8-week term beginning in the fall semester and must be taken in course sequence every 8-week term for 12 months during the FIRST year. AT students will complete the 18 credits of theory, instrumentation, and research courses in their SECOND year.

Required Courses
KIN 561 Best Practices in Secondary School Athletic Training (3 cr)
KIN 562 Deadly Risks in Sports – Secondary School Best Practices (3 cr)
KIN 563 Rehabilitation of Sports Injury within the Secondary School AT Room (3 cr)
KIN 564 Funding, Politics, Partnerships & Pitfalls in Secondary School Athletic Training (3 cr)
KIN 565 Injury Reporting, Data Collection & Research in Athletic Training (3 cr)
KIN 566 Essential Competencies in Athletic Training (3 cr)