Oct 15, 2019  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Kinesiology, MS


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Administrative Unit

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research administers this program through the Kinesiology faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Degree Program

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program is designed to extend students’ understanding of the concepts, research, and theories related to the science of human movement - kinesiology. Additionally, the program design recognizes students’ desire to use such information to improve their professional competencies as physical educators, coaches, athletes, sport administrators, fitness program directors, and in other professions that are grounded in the discipline of kinesiology.The program is offered in both online and combined online/on campus formats. Two courses are offered on campus in a face to face format each semester.

Graduate students have an opportunity to focus on one of three interest areas within the discipline of Kinesiology:

  1. Exercise physiology
  2. Psychology of exercise and sport
  3. Teaching, coaching, and administration.

Working with their faculty advisors, students are encouraged to design programs that meet their professional needs, goals, and interests.

As a partner in a University of Texas System collaborative program, U.T. Permian Basin offers most graduate courses over the Internet. It is possible to complete the entire Master of Science in Kinesiology online – through Web-based courses. With a couple of exceptions, graduate Kinesiology courses are no longer offered on the UT Permian Basin campus.

Program Objectives

Regardless of students’ area of interest and/or the course delivery mode, the following objectives should be met through the successful completion of the Master of Science in Kinesiology:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical bases of Kinesiology through oral and written expression.
  2. Discuss and describe the research literature related to the student’s chosen interest area.
  3. Apply theoretical concepts from the research literature to the student’s chosen profession.
  4. Design, implement, and complete a research or professional project.
  5. Develop a manuscript describing the results of a research or professional project suitable for submission to a professional journal.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Kinesiology graduate degree program must meet all admission requirements specified by the Office of Graduate Studies. Typically, students desiring to pursue the Master of Science in Kinesiology would possess a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or a related area. Individuals who do not hold such a degree may be required to complete leveling courses prior to enrolling in certain Kinesiology graduate courses. Typically, such students are required to take an undergraduate anatomy and physiology course prior to taking the exercise science courses. Determination of these leveling requirements will be made on an individual basis by the Graduate Acceptance Committee comprised of the Kinesiology Graduate Faculty and will be specified in the student’s acceptance letter.

Regular Admission Status

Option 1

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GRE Scores
  • GRADUATE ADMISSIONS EQUATION: A GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours OR Score a 1600 or better on the graduate admissions equation:
    (GPA X 225) + (GRE total X 3.06)

Option 2

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Successfully completed a previous Master Degree

Conditional Admission Status

If a student has a GPA below a 3.0 but not lower than a 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours, entrance into the Kinesiology Program is based upon entrance scores generated from the following formula:
(GPA X 225) + (GRE total X 3.06)

In the equation, GPA equates to 42% of the Decision making process while the GRE score equates to 58% of Decision the Decision making process.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GRE Scores
  • Graduate Admission Equation: Score a 1400 or better (This entrance score equates to a CGPA of 2.5 and GRE score of 275)

If the student is conditionally admitted, the student must earn a “B” grade or better in each course of his/her first 12 hours of course work of which the first 6 hours of course work should include KINE 6310 Statistics  and KINE 6360 Advanced Exercise Physiology  .

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree requires (a) the completion of twelve credit hours of core course requirements (four courses), (b) nine credit hours in an interest area (three courses), (c) elective hours, and (d) a final project or thesis. The total number of hours for the degree is thirty-six (36).

Core Course Requirements


All students pursuing the Master of Science in Kinesiology are required to complete the following core of 12 semester credit hours:

Interest Areas


In addition, a student will select one of the following three areas of interest and take at least nine semester hours of course work from that area. Additional course work may be drawn from any area.

Elective Hours


Any of the graduate courses offered by the U.T. Permian Basin Kinesiology faculty or by the UT System Collaborative Program as part of a collaborative online Master’s degree in Kinesiology may be used for elective hours.

Although students may not include leveling course work in their graduate degree program, they may include a maximum of six semester credit hours of 4300-level courses with permission of their advisor.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options


In addition to the various interest area choices, students may select either a thesis option or a non-thesis (project) option. Although there are differences between the two options, either option provides the student with an opportunity to work with a graduate faculty advisor to develop a proposal that describes what the student intends to do. The proposal is presented to and approved by the student’s Graduate Committee, and, once completed, defended by the student in an oral presentation.

I. Thesis Option. Students who select the thesis option will complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of course work plus a six-semester credit hour thesis. The master’s thesis consists of research in the application of principles and theories of human movement to some problem of interest. The research is usually a laboratory or field experiment requiring the testing of hypotheses and the collection and analysis of data.

II. Project Option. Students who select the project option will complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of course work plus a three-semester credit hour research project. Projects can take many forms. While they may involve hypothesis testing and the collection and analysis of data, master’s projects are more likely to take the form of exploratory, field studies, secondary data analysis, and survey research. Acceptable projects also include such activities as the construction of physical education curriculum, the development of online instructional materials, and the design of employee wellness programs.

Both thesis and non-thesis options require completion of the core course requirements and at least nine semester credit hours in one of the three emphasis areas.

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