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Kinesiology

College of Health and Human Services

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Master of Arts in Kinesiology:

Option in Adapted Physical Education

Option in Coaching and Student-Athlete Development

Option in Pedagogical Studies

Option in Sports Management

Option in Individualized Studies

Master of Science in Kinesiology:

Option in Exercise Science

Option in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Option in Sports Medicine and Injury Studies

Option in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

Kinesiology - KIN Graduate Programs

Two degree programs are available to the student: Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology with five 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 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

Five Options are under the Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology and are described below. The core courses for thesis students are KIN 696 and 698. The core course for comprehensive examination students is KIN 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. Take the following course:
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
  • 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 14 elective units;
  • 4. Comprehensive exam students complete a minimum of 21 elective units.

Option in Coaching and Student-Athlete Development (code KPE_MA07)

Requirements

  • 1. Take the following courses:
    • KIN 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport (3)
    • KIN 577 Sport in U.S. Culture (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
  • 2. For Student-Athlete Development students:
    • KIN 523 Theory and Practice of College Teaching in Kinesiology (3)
  • 3. For coaching students:
    • KIN 575 Psychology of Coaching (3)
  • 4. Student-Athlete Development Students select five from the following list of elective courses:
    • KIN 572, 573, 574, 575, 578, 593A, 597 or 697, 633; KIN/COUN 539; COUN 515.
  • 5. Coaching students select five from the following list of elective courses:
    • KIN 523, 540, 551, 560, 562, 571, 572, 573, 574, 593A, 593B, 597 or 697, 630, 633, KIN/COUN 539.
  • 6. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students;
  • 7. Comprehensive exam students complete a minimum of 9 additional elective units from #4 or 5 above that do not duplicate a previous selection.

Option in Pedagogical Studies (code KPE_MA02)

The program of study for This option is offered only through College of Continuing and Professional Education at a higher tuition rate. Instruction in this option is presented in an accelerated cohort program format over 24 months.

Requirements

  • 1. Take all the following courses:
    • KIN 524 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education (3)
    • KIN 525 Instructional Design in Physical Education (3)
    • KIN 526 Applied Behavior Analysis in Physical Education (3)
    • KIN 590 Statistical Analysis and Measurement in Kinesiology and Physical Education (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
    • KIN 697 Directed Studies (1-3)
  • 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.

Option in Sport Management (code KPE_MA03)

This option is currently offered only through College of Continuing and Professional Studies at a higher tuition rate. Instruction in this option is presented in an accelerated cohort program format over 18 months.

Requirements

  • Take all the following courses:
    • KIN 511 Sports Marketing, Development & Fund Raising (3)
    • KIN 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport (3)
    • KIN 513 Personnel and Facility Management in Athletics (3)
    • KIN 514 Sport Finance (3)
    • KIN 521 Foundations of Sport Management (3)
    • KIN 577 Sport in U.S. Culture (3)
    • KIN 591 Field Studies in Sport Event Management (3)
    • KIN 592A Sports Management Internship (9)
    • KIN 695 Seminar in Professional Literature (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)

Option in Individualized Studies (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. Take the following course:
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
  • 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 8 elective units (individualized);
  • 4. Comprehensive exam students complete a minimum of 15 elective units.

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 696 and 698. The core course for comprehensive examination students is KIN 696.

Option in Exercise Science (code KPE_MS01)

Requirements

  • 1. Take the following courses:
    • KIN 540 Biomechanical Factors in Human Movement (3)
    • KIN 551 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
    • KIN 530 Neuromotor Control (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (12)
  • 2. Elective Courses: Select six of the following courses:
    • KIN 541, 552, 553, 562, 565, 566, 568, 594 or 595, 630, or 697 (18 units);
  • 3. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students;
  • 4. 9 units of electives from within or outside of the department offerings selected from appropriate areas of interest in consultation with advisor for comprehensive examination students.

Option in Sport and Exercise Psychology (code KPE_MS02)

Requirements

  • 1. Take the following courses:
    • KIN 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport (3)
    • KIN 572 Applied Sport Psychology (3)
    • KIN 577 Sport in U.S. Culture (3)
    • KIN 578 Psychological Aspects of Exercise & Fitness (3)
    • KIN 633 Seminar in Sport Psychology (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
  • 2. Two of the following courses:
    • KIN 523, 541, 551, 571, 573, 575, 597 or 697, 630; PSY 536, 553, 575, 633, 634, 637, 678;
  • 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. Comprehensive exam students complete a minimum of 15 elective units from #2 above that do not duplicate a previous selection.

Option in Sports Medicine and Injury Studies (code KPE_MS03)

Requirements

  • 1. Take the following courses:
    • KIN 540 Biomechanical Factors in Human Movement (3)
    • KIN 551 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
    • KIN 560 Health Related Problems in Sport (3)
    • KIN 561 Musculoskeletal Injuries in Sport (3)
    • KIN 562 Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3)
    • KIN 633 Seminar in Sport Psychology (3)
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
    • KIN 697 Directed Studies (1-3)
  • 2. KIN 698 (4 units) for thesis/project students, plus a minimum of 6 elective units;
  • 3. Comprehensive examination students complete a minimum of 15 elective units.

Option in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (code KPE_MS04)

Requirements

  • 1. Take the following courses:
    • KIN 551 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
    • KIN 552 Exercise Testing and Training in Health and Disease (3)
    • KIN 566 Biochemical and Hormonal Adaptations to Physical Activity (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • KIN 696 Research Methods (3)
    • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
  • 2. Select three from the following list of courses:
    • KIN 553, 562, 565, 568 and 594, or 595;
  • 3. Select three from the following list of courses:
    • KIN 568; FCS 530A, 530B, 531, 536, 538, 539, 655A;
  • 4. KIN 698 or FCS 698 (4 units) for thesis/project;
  • 5. A minimum of 9 elective units approved by the advisor for comprehensive exam students.