Kinesiology, MS

College of Education and Human Development

kinesiology masters students

Kinesiology, MS (36 hours)

The Master's in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Science prepares professionals in the multi-faceted disciplines of athletic performance. These include biomechanics, exercise physiology, leadership/management of sport, motor performance, nutrition, assessment of sport performance, sport psychology, and strength & conditioning. The program provides and supports higher-level knowledge, specialized proficiencies and the development of independent creativity. Thesis and non-thesis options are offered.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's state-of-the-art Island Hall includes a biomechanics lab, motor development lab, exercise physiology lab, and athletic training center, providing some of the top technology available anywhere for exercise science research.

The Master's in Kinesiology is available as either an entirely online program or a hybrid face-to-face/online program.  If you want to apply for an entirely online Kinesiology program, please select online Kinesiology in ApplyTexas.  Please note, online Kinesiology program will not issue F-1 visa.

Graduate assistant application - apply by April 1, 2020 (docx)

Domestic & International Students:

Fall  Fall mid-term Spring  Spring mid-term Summer I  Summer II 
August 17 October 8 January 11 March 14 May 25 June 29

Application deadlines are one week prior to the start of each of the six course cycle dates: Spring, mid-term Spring, Summer I, summer II, Fall, and mid-term Fall.

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes educational and professional goals and the reason for applying to the program)

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Option I-Non-Thesis Graduate Project - 36 semester hours - (33 hours coursework + 3 hours Graduate Research Project)

1. Kinesiology Core Courses (15 semester hours)

  • KINE 5307 - Research Design in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5308 - Leadership in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5311 - Statistics in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5312 - Sport Physiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5327 - Sport Biomechanics 3 sem. hrs.

2. Required Courses (9 semester hours)

Choose at least 3 from the list below.  Additional courses can be utilized as applied electives below.

  • KINE 5306 - Sport Nutrition 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5313 - Athletic Testing 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5314 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5315 - Concepts in Sport Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5325 - Program Design for Resistance Training 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5338 - Motor Development in Sport 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5340 - Sport Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5390 - Professional Seminar 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5394 - Professional Field Experience 3 sem. hrs.

3. Applied Electives (0-9 semester hours)

Graduate-level courses to be selected with permission of faculty advisor.  Choices may include, but are not limited to the Kinesiology courses listed above.

4. Capstone Experience - Graduate Research Project in Kinesiology (3 semester hours)

The research project option is designed for students that want to gain more knowledge about a specific topic area through the scientific process that goes well beyond what they can achieve through an academic course. The research project is a less intense version of the thesis and more of a pilot study.  The project should be completed in one semester with the possibility of more time depending upon the student’s topic and design.  This is an involved process and the final product includes:  1) Journal Abstract; 2) Journal Manuscript (choice of journal is decided by project chair); 3) Poster Presentation; and 4) power Point Presentation (Defense). 

  • KINE 5397 - Graduate Research Project in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.

 

Option II-Non-Thesis Comprehensive Exam - 36 semester hours (36 hours coursework + comprehensive exam)

1. Kinesiology Core Courses (15 semester hours)

  • KINE 5307 - Research Design in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5308 - Leadership in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5311 - Statistics in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5312 - Sport Physiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5327 - Sport Biomechanics 3 sem. hrs.

2. Required Courses (12 semester hours)

Choose at least 4 from the list below.  Additional courses can be utilized as applied electives below.

  • KINE 5306 - Sport Nutrition 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5313 - Athletic Testing 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5314 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5315 - Concepts in Sport Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5325 - Program Design for Resistance Training 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5338 - Motor Development in Sport 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5340 - Sport Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5390 - Professional Seminar 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5394 - Professional Field Experience 3 sem. hrs.

3. Applied Electives (0-9 semester hours)

Graduate-level courses to be selected with permission of faculty advisor.  Choices may include, but are not limited to the Kinesiology courses listed above.

4. Comprehensive Exam

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is for master’s students to demonstrate the scholar-practitioner approach to a particular problem of practice in kinesiology as synthesized across core and research methods courses.

 

Option III-Thesis Option 36 semester hours - (30 hours of coursework + 6 hours of Thesis)

 Thesis option requires departmental approval.

1. Kinesiology Core Courses (15 semester hours)

  • KINE 5307 - Research Design in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5308 - Leadership in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5311 - Statistics in Kinesiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5312 - Sport Physiology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5327 - Sport Biomechanics 3 sem. hrs.

2. Required Courses (9 semester hours)

 Choose at least 3 from the list below.  Additional courses can be utilized as applied electives below.

  • KINE 5306 - Sport Nutrition 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5313 - Athletic Testing 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5314 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5315 - Concepts in Sport Business 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5325 - Program Design for Resistance Training 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5338 - Motor Development in Sport 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5340 - Sport Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5390 - Professional Seminar 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • KINE 5394 - Professional Field Experience 3 sem. hrs.

3. Applied Electives (6 semester hours)

Graduate-level courses to be selected with permission of faculty advisor.  Choices may include, are not limited to the Kinesiology courses listed above.

  • KINE 5698 - Thesis in Progress 3-6 sem. hrs.

4. Capstone Experience - Thesis in Progress (6 semester hours)

The thesis option is designed for students that want to gain extensive experience in research and/or greater knowledge about a specific topic area.  It is also designed for those that anticipate more advanced research (e.g., Ph.D.).

The thesis option is not allowed for all students.  Interested students must apply for the thesis option after the successful completion of KINE 5307 - Research Design in Kinesiology.  Students are required to prepare a proposal for their thesis and defend that proposal for the graduate committee.  If accepted the student may proceed with the thesis option.  Students whose proposal is not accepted must pursue the Graduate Research Project option.

The thesis will require a minimum of two semesters of work and possibly more depending upon the student’s topic and design.  This is a very involved process and though the product is the same as in the Research Project, the rigor and expectation is much higher, thus it is six semester hours of credit.  The final product includes: 1) Journal Abstract; 2) Journal Manuscript (choice of journal is decided by thesis chair); 3) Poster Presentation; and 4) Power Point Presentation (Defense).

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Grad Assistant application - due April 1 (pdf)

Master's in Kinesiology National Standards Matrices (xlsx)

Kinesiology Graduate Course Schedule (pdf)

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Education and Human Development, please visit our website.

Questions? Check our Master's in Kinesiology Frequently Asked Questions.



More questions? Contact:

Dr. Frank Spaniol

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5820
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5820
Office : 361-825-3924
frank.spaniol@tamucc.edu