Master of Science Requirements

Research Core

  • 13 credits for the thesis option, nine credits for non-thesis option:
    • STAT 587 (four credits)
    • KIN 501 (three credits)
    • KIN 699 (six credits) or KIN 599 for creative component (two credits)

Kinesiology Core

  • Nine credits in kinesiology specialization areas.
  • These courses will be planned with the faculty advisor to ensure they are appropriate for the student’s career and educational goals.


  • Three credits must be outside of the department.
  • Thesis option: Eight credits of electives
  • Non-thesis option: 15 credits of electives

Total Credits

  • 30 credits minimum for the thesis option
  • 33 credits minimum for a non-thesis option

Additional Requirements

  • Thesis: The thesis requires a research project culminating in a written document that includes a well-supported rationale, review of literature, results, and a discussion of results.
  • Creative component: The creative component requires a written document in which research is incorporated and applied to a professional setting.
  • Presentation: Both the thesis and creative component must be orally defended in a public presentation before the Program of Study Committee.

Course Descriptions

Check out our catalog of courses you will have to take to get your M.S.

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