The purpose of the Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Science is to prepare professionals in the multi-faceted disciplines of athletic performance. These include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, exercise physiology, leadership/management of sport, motor performance, nutrition, assessment of sport performance, sport psychology, and strength & conditioning. This program prepares individuals for careers as sport/exercise scientists and strength & conditioning coaches. The program also contributes to the professional development of certified physical education teachers, public school coaches as well as managers of sport. Finally, the program also prepares students for sport science certifications from professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association and other professional agencies.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of kinesiology/sport science.
- Demonstrate knowledge and professional leadership skills in relation to the field of kinesiology/sport science.
- Apply the principles of exercise physiology and motor development in creating appropriate strength and movement programs for people of all ages.
- Apply selected principles of psychology and sociology to improve human performance.
- Apply the principles of the scientific method and statistics to collect, analyze, and interpret kinesiology/sport science-related data.
Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Kinesiology if they meet the University and COE graduate admission requirements as specified in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Additional kinesiology requirements and restrictions are listed below:
- Applicants whose undergraduate major or minor is not Kinesiology and/or do not have equivalent undergraduate cursework are required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses for KINE 5311 - Statistics in Kinesiology , , and .
- If an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0 in their last sixty hours, they may be admitted under “conditional” status. In such cases, the department will follow the procedures that are outlined in the catalog for the University and the College of Education.
The kinesiology graduate program committee evaluates all applications and makes admission decisions.
Transfer of Graduate Credits
No more than nine hours of graduate level study may be transferred from another institution to a student’s degree plan. These hours must be from accredited institutions of higher education and recommended by the Kinesiology program graduate committee. No course with a grade of less than ‘B’ will be accepted as transfer credit.
Students pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology must maintain the following standards:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree.
- No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree.
- All requirements, including coursework at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and transfer credit coursework, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in coursework.
Students must take KINE 5307 - Research Design in Kinesiology and KINE 5311 - Statistics in Kinesiology prior to enrolling in KINE 5397 - Graduate Research Project in Progress .
The capstone experience for students in the Kinesiology master’s program is defending their graduate research project (KINE 5397). The specifics of this experience is outlined in the KINE 5397 syllabus.