Texas A&M University-Kingsville

M.S. in Kinesiology

Coordinator: Dr. Stacey Gaines, 361-593-3058

Program Description

Advanced study in Health and Kinesiology provides students an opportunity to improve their proficiency as master teachers or exercise professionals, can prepare them to become administrators in their field, and/or can prepare them for doctoral studies in their kinesiology discipline of interest.  The Department of Health & Kinesiology offers coursework leading to the M.S. in Kinesiology with a flexible curriculum to meet the specific needs and interests of the student.  Students may pursue a generalist degree or choose to tailor their major elective, supporting field coursework, and research so that their degree plan emphasizes sport administration/kinesiology pedagogy or health/exercise science.

Program Mission

The mission of the M.S. in Kinesiology Program is to promote the study of health/fitness/ wellness, sport administration, pedagogy, and exercise science through teaching, research, and service in health and kinesiology.  The Program seeks to advance the kinesiology disciplines through the discovery and dispersion of human movement-related knowledge.  A critical aspect of these efforts is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for advanced study or careers in the health- and kinesiology-related fields, and develop graduates who are strong in character and lifelong learners.

Program Information

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Admission Information

Course Offerings

Program Guidelines and Procedures Manual

Degree Plans

  • Courses Only Option
  • Research Project Option
  • Thesis Option
  • ONLINE Degree

Program Timeline

Admission Information

SEE THE COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES WEBPAGE FOR DETAILED ADMISSIONS INFORMATION.  All admissions are handled through the Office of Graduate Studies.  The Graduate Coordinator does not receive any information pertinent to your file until you have completed all of the steps outlined on the College of Graduate Studies webpage.  Click on Domestic or International Admissions for information.

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the TAMUK College of Graduate Studies as defined by the College of Graduate Studies Catalog, including GPA and GRE/MAT requirements specific to the College of Education and Human Performance.

  • A student must be admitted to the TAMUK College of Graduate Studies at TAMUK prior to consideration for admission to the M.S. in Kinesiology Program.  Applications to the TAMUK College of Graduate Studies should be submitted using the Texas Common Application at www.applytexas.org for U.S. citizens.  International students should contact the Office of International Admissions for information at international.inquiries@tamuk.edu
  • Admission to the TAMUK College of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission to the M.S. in Kinesiology Program.  The final decision concerning the admission of a student to the Program rests with the Program Coordinator in consultation with the Department of Health & Kinesiology Graduate Faculty. 

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to communicate in writing at the level required to enable successful progression through the M.S. in Kinesiology Program.

  • For unconditional admission to the Program, students who are required by the College of Graduate Studies to take the TOEFL examination for admission are required to earn a score of at least 4.5 (PBT and CBT) / 18 (IBT) on the writing portion of the TOEFL and a score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.
  • For unconditional admission to the Program, students who are not required by the College of Graduate Studies to take the TOEFL examination for admission are required to earn a score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.  If a student opts to complete the MAT examination, a writing sample will be required for evaluation by the Department’s Graduate Faculty.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information on the procedures for submitting a writing sample.

 Applicants must have undergraduate education in health, kinesiology, or a related area.

  • An applicant who holds a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or related area from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible for admission into the Program if his/her performance in critical undergraduate coursework is deemed acceptable.  An applicant who lacks certain critical coursework or whose performance in certain critical coursework is deemed unacceptable might be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to or early in his/her graduate coursework.
    • Critical undergraduate coursework may include, but is not limited to, the following areas:
      • Anatomy/Physiology
      • Motor Control, Motor Learning, Motor Behavior, or Motor Development
      • Sport, Exercise, or Performance Psychology
      • Biomechanics or Kinesiology
      • Exercise Physiology
      • Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation
      • Kinesiology for Special Populations (e.g., Adapted Physical Education)
      • Exercise Testing and Prescription
    • Acceptable performance is defined as a grade of "C" or above in any particular course, and a "B" average across all critical undergraduate coursework.
  • An applicant who holds a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in an area unrelated to kinesiology may be considered for admission to the Program if he/she has completed at least 18 credit hours of kinesiology-related undergraduate coursework.  Of these 18 credit hours, at least 12 credit hours must be advanced.  Additionally, the 18 credit hours must reflect acceptable performance in an adequate number of courses deemed to be critical coursework (see above).  An applicant who lacks certain critical coursework or whose performance in certain critical coursework is deemed unacceptable might be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to or early in his/her graduate coursework.

Applicants must have a sincere interest in sports administration, kinesiology pedagogy, health/fitness, and/or the exercise sciences.

Applicants must have demonstrated a high-level of professional and ethical conduct during their academic career to date.

Applicants, especially those whose qualifications are marginal, are encouraged to request letters of recommendation from their undergraduate professors.  Letters of recommendation should be forwarded directly to the Program Coordinator.

Graduate Course Offerings

CORE COURSES / RESEARCH COURSES (REQUIRED)

EDKN 5305:                 Graduate Research Project (for Research Project Option)
EDKN 5306A & B:        Thesis (2 semesters) (for Thesis Option)
EDKN 5312:                 Physiology of Exercise (all options)
EDKN 5317:                 Research Methods in Kinesiology (all options)
EDKN 5338:                 Statistical Analysis of Research Data (all options)

SPORT ADMINISTRATION/KINESIOLOGY PEDAGOGY ELECTIVES

EDKN 5301:                Sports Coaching and Officiating
EDKN 5303:                Teaching College Physical Education
EDKN 5308:                Administration of Athletics
EDKN 5309:                Organization and Administration of Kinesiology Programs
EDKN 5315:                Current Issues in Kinesiology Programs
EDKN 5316:                History and Philosophy of Sport and Human Performance
EDKN 5319:                Psychological Aspects of Kinesiology
EDKN 5320:                Motor Learning/Motor Control
EDKN 5321:                Sport and Athletic Law
EDKN 5326:                Sport Marketing and Technology
EDKN 5327:                Sport in the Modern World
EDKN 5333/11:           Sport Finance
EDKN 5333/12:           Managing Athletic Facilities and Events
EDKN 5333/13:           Public Relations in Sport
EKDN 5333/14:           Legislation, Governance, and Compliance in College Athletics

HEALTH/EXERCISE SCIENCE ELECTIVES

EDHL 5311:                Scientific Foundations of Health Education
EDHL 5321:                Critical Analysis of Current Issues in Health Education
EDHL 5322/4:             Drug Education
EDHL 5322/8:             Healthy Aging
EDHL 5322/10:           Cardiovascular Health
EDHL 5322/12:           Health Program Planning and Evaluation
EDKN 5319:                Psychological Aspects of Kinesiology
EDKN 5320:                Motor Learning/Motor Control
EDKN 5322:                Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Control
EDKN 5323:                Performance in Environmental Extremes
EDKN 5324:                Youth Fitness and Performance
EDKN 5325:                Aging and Physical Activity
EDKN 5327:                Sport in the Modern World
EDKN 5333/3:             Exercise Testing and Prescription

Degree Plans

Students may choose to complete one of three degree plans offered by Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  The Program Coordinator will advise students on which of the following degree plans is most appropriate for them to meet their educational and career goals.

M.S. in Kinesiology (Course Only Option)

The 36 credit hour requirement is met through major core and major elective courses. Additionally, free elective courses may count towards the credit hour requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 cr hr):

1.  EDKN 5312:  Physiology of Exercise
2.  EDKN 5317:  Research in Kinesiology
3.  EDKN 5338:  Statistical Analysis of Research Data

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (15-27 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level EDHL or EDKN courses except for EDKN 5305, EDKN 5306, EDKN 5312, EDKN 5317, and EDKN 5338.

FREE ELECTIVE COURSES (0-12 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level courses outside of EDHL or EDKN, as approved in advance by the Program Coordinator.  NOTE: If the student takes 9 or more credit hours of free electives in a specific discipline, he/she will be required to take a comprehensive examination covering their coursework from that discipline.


M.S. in Kinesiology (Research Project Option)

The 36 credit hour requirement is met through major core, major research, and major elective courses. Additionally, free elective courses may count towards the credit hour requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 cr hr):

1.  EDKN 5312:  Physiology of Exercise
2.  EDKN 5317:  Research in Kinesiology
3.  EDKN 5338:  Statistical Analysis of Research Data

MAJOR RESEARCH COURSES (3 cr hr):

    1.  EDKN 5305-Graduate Research Project

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (12-24 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level EDHL or EDKN courses except for EDKN 5306, EDKN 5312, EDKN 5317, and EDKN 5338.

FREE ELECTIVE COURSES (0-12 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level courses outside of EDHL or EDKN, as approved in advance by the Program Coordinator.  NOTE: If the student takes 9 or more credit hours of free electives in a specific discipline, he/she will be required to take a comprehensive examination covering their coursework from that discipline.


M.S. in Kinesiology (Thesis Option)

The 30 credit hour requirement is met through major core, major research, and major elective courses. Additionally, free elective courses may count towards the credit hour requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 cr hr):

1.  EDKN 5312:  Physiology of Exercise
2.  EDKN 5317:  Research in Kinesiology
3.  EDKN 5338:  Statistical Analysis of Research Data

MAJOR RESEARCH COURSES (6 cr hr):

1.  EDKN 5306A-Thesis I
2.  EDKN 5306B-Thesis II

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (3-15 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level EDHL or EDKN courses except for EDKN 5305, EDKN 5306, EDKN 5312, EDKN 5317, and EDKN 5338.

FREE ELECTIVE COURSES (0-12 cr hr):

Select from 5000-level courses outside of EDHL or EDKN, as approved in advance by the Program Coordinator.  NOTE: If the student takes 9 or more credit hours of free electives in a specific discipline, he/she will be required to take a comprehensive examination covering their coursework from that discipline.

M.S. in Kinesiology (ONLINE)

The M.S. in Kinesiology is also offered via an online track, where all courses are offered in an online format.  Students pursuing the degree through the online track will follow the Course Only Option outlined above.  The Department of Health & Kinesiology tentatively plans to offer the major core courses in an online format following this schedule:

  • EDKN 5312 - every other fall (odd years)
  • EDKN 5317 - every other fall (even years)
  • EDKN 5338 - every spring

Online students may then select from the electives offered each semester to complete the 36-hour requirement.  Generally, a total of four electives (two in Summer I-June, two in Summer II-July) are offered online during the summer terms.  In the long semesters (Fall and Spring), at least one elective is offered in an online format.  A student opting to take a full load (9 hours in Fall and Spring, 12 hours in Summer) could finish the program in 4 semesters (i.e., Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall).  Students may work through the program at a pace that is comfortable, noting that courses are offered on a rotational basis (especially see EDKN 5312, above).

Program Timeline

Program Timeline

This page was last updated on: August 08, 2014