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Kinesiology

College of Health and Human Services

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Kinesiology - KIN Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Two degree programs are available to the student: Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology with seven Options and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with four Options. The student may select the thesis/project track or the comprehensive examination track. The student who chooses the thesis/project track is required to complete a thesis or a project. The student who chooses the comprehensive examination track is required to take KIN 695. The minimum unit requirement for the MA degree major program is 30 units for thesis/project students and 36 units for comprehensive examination students. The minimum unit requirement for the MS degree major program is 33 units for thesis/project students and 39 units for comprehensive examination students.

Admission Criteria

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in Kinesiology/Physical Education or the equivalent;

2. If a prospective graduate student has a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Kinesiology or Physical Education, he/she may be required to take prerequisite or foundational upper-division undergraduate coursework in Kinesiology. Students must consult with the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and/or major advisor before enrolling in foundational courses. The courses, which vary depending on the student’s academic background and Option, may be taken at CSULB or another college/university. All foundational coursework must be completed prior to Advancement to Candidacy.

3. An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better and an upper division Kinesiology/Physical Education major GPA of 2.75 or better;

4. A minimum cumulative score of 450 on the verbal, 450 on the quantitative and 3.5 on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Completion of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
2. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
3. A graduate program must have approval of the student's advisor, Department Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Graduate Students, Research, and Faculty Affairs for the College of Health and Human Services.

Master of Arts in Kinesiology


Seven Options are under the Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology and are described below. The core courses for thesis students are KIN 590, 696, and 698. The core courses for comprehensive examination students are KIN 590, 695, and 696.

 

Option in Adapted Physical Education (code KPE_MA04)


This Option is designed to provide advanced preparation in adapted physical activity and the study of individuals with disabilities across the lifespan (preschool to adult).

Requirements

1. KIN 590 and 696;
2. Minimum of 12 units selected from the following: KIN 537, 538, 546, 638, and 697;
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students plus a minimum of 8 elective units;
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive exam students plus a minimum of 15 elective units.

 

in Coaching (code KPE_MA07)


This option is designed to prepare students for careers in coaching and in student-athlete development.

Requirements

1. KIN 512, 577, 590, 593A, 696; KIN/COUN 539;
2. For Student-Athlete Development students, KIN 523;
3. For coaching students, KIN 575;
4. Student-Athlete Development Students select two from the following list of elective courses: COUN 515, 540, 547, 548, 552, 644B; KIN 572, 573, 574, 575, 578, 593A, 633;
5. Coaching students select two from the following list of elective courses: KIN 523, 540, 551, 560, 562, 571, 572, 573, 574, 593A, 630, 633.
6. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students;
7. KIN 695 for comprehensive exam students, plus a minimum of 6 elective units from #4 or 5 above that do not duplicate a previous selection and/or KIN 597.

 

in Motor Behavior (code KPE_MA06)

The campus is reviewing a department request for the discontinuance of this option.

Requirements


1. KIN 590 and 696;
2. Minimum of 12 units selected from the following: KIN 540, 546, 630, 633, and 697 (3 units);
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 8 elective units;
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 15 elective units.

 

Option in Pedagogical Studies (code KPE_MA02)


The program of study for this Option is offered only through University College Extension Services at a higher tuition rate. Instruction in this Option is presented in an accelerated cohort program format over 24 months.

This Option provides preparation in student design, instructional development, and evaluation to improve the supervision of skills and develop expertise in behavioral research methods.

Requirements


1. KIN 524, 525, 526, 590, 696, and 697;
2. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 8 elective units;
3. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 15 elective units.

 

in Sport Studies (code KPE_MA05)


The campus is reviewing a department request for the discontinuance of this option.

Requirements


1. KIN 590 and 696;
2. Minimum of 12 units from the following: KIN 573, 574, 577, 633, and 697 (3 units);
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 8 elective units;
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 15 elective units.

 

in Sport Management (code KPE_MA03)


The program of study for this Option is currently offered only through University College Extension Services at a higher tuition rate. Instruction in this Option is presented in an accelerated cohort program format over 18 months.

This Option prepares individuals for careers in athletic administration and sports management. Upon completion of this program (36 units), individuals will be prepared to work in the sports industry in a variety of settings, including professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic sports and sport-related businesses.

Requirements


1. KIN 511, 512, 513, 514, 521, 577, 590, 591, 592A (6 units) and 696.
2. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students (Not available to students in the cohort format).
3. KIN 695 for comprehensive exam students.

 

Option in Individualized, Program, and Generalized Areas (code KPE_MA08)


This Option is designed to provide the student with curriculum activities that combine one or more Option areas into a program of study. This Option is developed by the student with the advisement of a graduate faculty member and/or the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. A statement of rationale for the proposal must accompany the program of study.

Requirements

1. KIN 590 and 696;
2. Minimum of 15 units from 500 and/or 600 level coursework in KIN;
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis project students, plus a minimum of 5 elective units (individualized);
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 12 elective units (generalized and program areas only).

 

Master of Science in Kinesiology


Four Options are under the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and are described below. The core courses for thesis/project students are KIN 580, 590, 696, and 698. The core courses for comprehensive examination students are KIN 580, 590, 695, and 696.

Option in Exercise Science (code KPE_MS01)


This Option is designed to provide up-to-date theoretical principles and practical experiences in exercise physiology and biomechanics.

1. Required Courses: KIN 540, KIN 551, KIN 530, KIN 590, and KIN 696 (15 units);
2. Elective Courses: Select five of the following courses: KIN 541, 552, 553, 562, 565, 566, 594, 630, or 697 (15 units);
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students;
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 6 elective units. (9 units)

 

in Sport and Exercise Psychology (code KPE_MS02)


This Option is designed to prepare students for careers in sport and exercise psychology, in particular as athletic performance enhancements specialists and/or as researchers and teachers in academic settings.

Requirements

1. KIN 572, 578, 577, 590, 633, 696;
2. Two of the following courses: COUN 510, 513, 515, 522; KIN 512, 571, 573 or 574, 575, 630, 697; PSY 575.
3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 5 units from #2 above that do not duplicate a previous selection;
4. KIN 695 for comprehensive exam students, plus a minimum of 12 elective units from #2 above that do not duplicate a previous selection.

 

Option in Sports Medicine and Injury Studies (code KPE_MS03)


This Option is designed to provide an in-depth study in the many health-related problems related to individuals who are physically active.

Requirements

1. KIN 540, 551, 560, 561, 562, 590, 633, 696, and 697;
2. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 3 elective units;
3. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination students, plus a minimum of 9 elective units.

 

in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (code KPE_MS04)

This Option is designed to prepare students for careers in exercise physiology and nutrition.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 34 units for thesis/project and a minimum of 39 units for comprehensive examination;
2. KIN 551, 566, 552 or 565, 590, and 696 or FCS 696;
3. Select two from the following list of courses: KIN 552, 553, 562, and 565*;
4. Select three from the following: NUTR *436, *438, and *439; FCS 530A, 530B, 531, and 655A;
5. KIN 698 or FCS 698 (4 units) for thesis/project;
6. KIN 695 for comprehensive examination plus a minimum of 6 elective units from KIN 594, 595, and #2 and #3 above.
* If not taken as one of the required courses in the Option.