M.S. in Kinesiology

The Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology is directed toward students who wish to:

  1. Increase their knowledge and competency as professional physical educators;
  2. Complete a master's degree in preparation for continuing their education in a doctoral program;
  3. Enhance their knowledge in the various exercise science areas; or
  4. Prepare for higher-level jobs in the many professions that deal with human movement and physical activity.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the master’s program in Kinesiology, students must present:

  1. An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or a related field from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. TOEFL score of at least 550 paper based (80 Internet based) for students for whom English is a foreign language. Score of at least 600/100 required for TA positions.
  4. Written statement of purpose for pursuing graduate degree
  5. Other evidence of background and experience that might be available.
  6. Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts must successfully pass a background check.

For conditional admission into the master’s program in Kinesiology, students must present:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. At least 12 hours of undergraduate Kinesiology core courses approved by the program graduate advisor.
  3. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  4. TOEFL score of at least 550 paper based (80 Internet based) for students for whom English is a foreign language. Score of at least 600/100 required for TA positions.
  5. Written statement of purpose for pursuing graduate degree
  6. Other evidence of background and experience that might be available.

Grade Requirements 

The following applies to fully admitted students: Any grade of D or F will result in a referral to the full Kinesiology Graduate Faculty for review. Barring extenuating circumstances, this will result in a recommendation to the Graduate School for dismissal from the Kinesiology Graduate Program. A grade of C is not considered acceptable graduate-level work. One grade of C is permitted as long as the overall GPA does not fall below 3.0. A second C will result in a referral to the full Kinesiology Graduate Faculty for review. Barring extenuating circumstances, this will result in a recommendation to the Graduate School for dismissal from the Kinesiology Graduate Program.

Online Master's Degree

UTEP collaborates with four other UT System campuses to offer the courses necessary for a student to earn the Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pedagogy of Physical Activities completely online through the UT System Online Collaborative (UTOC). Although this degree was designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend traditional classes, the courses can also be used to supplement the coursework taken by traditional students enrolled in the graduate program at UTEP.

The online program has the same admission and the degree requirements as the traditional program. Online courses offered by the other UT System campuses can count toward the UTEP degree.

For more information regarding the Online Degree, students can visit the UT Online Collaborative (UTOC) Kinesiology Web page or contact Dr. Sandor Dorgo (sdorgo@utep.edu), Graduate Coordinator.

Degree Plan

Required 36 hours

MS in Kinesiology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
KIN 5361Biomechanical Basis of Sport3
KIN 5372Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 5373Motor Learning and Control3
Statistics:
Select one from the following:3
Sem-Advanced Measure/Inference
Research Methods:
Select one from the following:3
Research in Health Science
Educ. Research and Statistics
Qualitative Research
Concentration
Complete a concentration
Total Hours15

Concentrations

Exercise Science

Required Credits: 36

Exercise Science/Kinesiology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
KIN 5371Measure Tech in Exer Physiolog3
KIN 5374Measure Tech in Biomech Analys3
Electives:
Select nine hours from Graduate KIN9
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options6
Total Hours21
Thesis Option
KIN 5398/5399Thesis3
Total Hours3
Non-Thesis Option
KIN 5397Graduate Projects3
Select three hours from the following:3
Directed Individual Studies
Biomechanical Basis of Sport
Advanced Topics in Kinesiology
Coronary Intervention
Phys Activities-Young Children
Practicum in Exercise Science
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Motor Learning and Control
Adv. Sci. Prin. Str. & Cond.
Directed Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours6
Graduate KIN Courses
KIN 5178Directed Individual Studies1
KIN 5361Biomechanical Basis of Sport3
KIN 5364Advanced Topics in Kinesiology3
KIN 5368Coronary Intervention3
KIN 5369Phys Activities-Young Children3
KIN 5370Practicum in Exercise Science3
KIN 5372Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 5373Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 5375Adv. Sci. Prin. Str. & Cond.3
KIN 5378Directed Individual Studies3
KIN 5379Graduate Research3

Pedagogy of Physical Activities

The Pedagogy of Physical Activity concentration will supplement students’ knowledge about teaching and/or coaching settings. A student can fulfill the requirements for this option completely online or by combining traditional and online courses. The 36-hour program includes the common core (15 hours) plus the following courses

Required Credits: 36

Pedagogy of Physical Activity (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Physical Activity:
KIN 5365 Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.3
or KIN 5369 Phys Activities-Young Children
Physical Education:
KIN 5367 Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.3
Electives:
Select nine hours of Graduate KIN9
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options6
Total Hours21
Thesis Option
KIN 5398/5399Thesis3
Total Hours3
Non-Thesis Option
KIN 5397Graduate Projects3
Select three hours of the following:3
Directed Individual Studies
Biomechanical Basis of Sport
Advanced Topics in Kinesiology
Coronary Intervention
Phys Activities-Young Children
Practicum in Exercise Science
Measure Tech in Exer Physiolog
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Motor Learning and Control
Measure Tech in Biomech Analys
Adv. Sci. Prin. Str. & Cond.
Directed Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours6
Graduate KIN Courses
KIN 5178Directed Individual Studies1
KIN 5361Biomechanical Basis of Sport3
KIN 5364Advanced Topics in Kinesiology3
KIN 5368Coronary Intervention3
KIN 5369Phys Activities-Young Children3
KIN 5370Practicum in Exercise Science3
KIN 5371Measure Tech in Exer Physiolog3
KIN 5372Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 5373Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 5374Measure Tech in Biomech Analys3
KIN 5375Adv. Sci. Prin. Str. & Cond.3
KIN 5378Directed Individual Studies3
KIN 5379Graduate Research3