Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Graduate Program-Health and Kinesiology Department

M.S. in Kinesiology

Advanced study in Health and Kinesiology provides students an opportunity to improve their proficiency as master teachers or as 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.

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

Admission Information

Course Offerings

Program Guidelines and Procedures Manual

Degree Plans

Admission Information

Admission to the M.S. in Kinesiology Program

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.  If the GRE is not taken at the time of application, these students may submit a writing sample for evaluation by the Department's Graduate Faculty.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information on the procedures for submitting a writing sample.
    • For unconditional admission to the Program, students who are not required by the College of Graduate Studies to take the TOELF examination for admission are required to earn a score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.  If the GRE is not taken at the time of application, these students may submit a writing sample 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 courseworka is deemed acceptableb.  An applicant who lacks certain critical coursework or whose performance certain critical coursework is deemed unacceptable might be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to or early in his/her graduate 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 acceptableb performance an adequate number of courses deemed to be critical courseworka.  An applicant who lacks certain critical coursework or whose performance certain critical coursework is deemed unacceptable might be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to or early in his/her graduate coursework.
    • aCritical undergraduate coursework may include but is not limited to coursework in the following areas: i.  anatomy/physiology, ii.  motor control, motor learning, motor behavior, or motor development, iii.  sport or performance psychology, iv.  biomechanics or kinesiology, v.  exercise physiology, vi.  tests, measurements, and evaluation, and vii.  kinesiology for special populations (e.g., adapted PE)
    • bAcceptable performance is defined as a grade of “C” or above in any particular course, and a “B” average across all critical undergraduate 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 Plans II and III)
  • EDKN 5306A & B:  Thesis (2 semesters) (for Plans I-A and I-B)
  • EDKN 5312:  Physiology of Exercise
  • EDKN 5317:  Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • EDKN 5338:  Statistical Analysis of Research Data

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 5321:  Sport and Athletic Law

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 53322/10:  Cardiovascular Health
  • EDHL 5322/11:  Grant Writing
  • EDHL 5322/12:  Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • EDKN 5319:  Psychological Aspects of Kinesiology
  • EDKN 5320:  Motor Learning and Motor Control
  • EDKN 5333/3:  Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • 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

Degree Plans

M.S. in Kinesiology (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).

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 credit hours):

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

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (3-9 credit hours):

Select from applicable EDKN courses (see Course Offerings).

MAJOR THESIS RESEARCH (6 credit hours):

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

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.

M.S. in Kinesiology (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).

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 credit hours):

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

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credit hours):

Select from applicable EDKN courses (see Course Offerings) 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.

MAJOR THESIS RESEARCH (6 credit hours):

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

M.S. in Kinesiology (Plan II)

Major with Research Project and Supporting Field:  Plan II’s 36 credit hour requirement is met through major core and elective coursework (21 credit hours), major research project (3 credit hours), and coursework in a supporting field of study (12 credit hours).

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 credit hours):

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

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credit hours):

Select from applicable EDKN courses (see Course Offerings).

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT (3 credit hours):

  1. EDKN 5305-Graduate Research Project

SUPPORTING FIELD COURSES (12 credit hours):

Select from applicable courses within the support field.  NOTE:  Support fields and courses must be approved by the Program Advisor.

M.S. in Kinesiology (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).

MAJOR CORE COURSES (9 credit hours):

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

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES (12-15 credit hours):

Select from applicable EDKN courses (see Course Offerings).

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT (3 credit hours):

  1. EDKN 5305-Graduate Research Project

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.

M.S. in Kinesiology (ONLINE)

The content of our online M.S. degree program is available as a PDF document.

This page was last updated on: January 28, 2014