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Physical Education, Applied Kinesiology Concentration, MS

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The Physical Education, Applied Kinesiology Concentration, MS program provides a student with advanced knowledge of physical education and sport. Teachers with initial licensure may use the program to apply for professional licensure. Students may also integrate the core classes with appropriate adapted and special education classes to improve their skills as an adapted physical educator.

The Kinesiology concentration is endorsed by the Department of Education for Physical Education teachers who already have their initial license to advance to the professional license. Students who successfully complete this concentration do not need to individually go to the D.O.E. upon graduation.

The MS in Physical Education is a professional degree program designed for individuals with an undergraduate major in physical education who wish to obtain professional licensure or enhance their undergraduate preparation through advanced study.

The MS in Physical Education program offers:

  • Courses in the new Adrian Tinsley Center, equipped with state of the art exercise physiology and biomechanics labs and equipment
  • Courses offered in the late afternoon or evening, and during the summer to accommodate the working professional
  • When appropriate, individualized study can be provided through directed studies, theses or projects
  • Opportunities to take elective courses outside the department
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Maura Rosenthal

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a minimum GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
  • *GRE Scores are not required

Application Deadline
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1


Required Courses:

PHED 511 - Research Methods in Physical Education
PHED 517 - Experimental Processes in Physical Education

Additional Courses
Students must complete four of the following five courses (12 credits).

PHED 506 - Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education
PHED 508 - Motor Learning
PHED 545 - Physical Conditioning and Training in Sports and Exercise
PHED 546 - Applied Biomechanics and Movement
PHED 571 - Social Issues in Sport


All candidates must complete either:
   Four courses as electives (12 credits)
   Two to Three courses (6-9 credits) and a project or thesis (3-6 credits)

Culminating Experience

All students must take the comprehensive examination, or complete an oral defense of a thesis (PHED 502-Research) or an oral defense of a project (PHED 501-Physical Education Project) under the guidance of an adviser.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

*Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

 After completion of the MS in Physical Education, students should be able to:

1. Critically read and evaluate research related to kinesiology.  

2. Apply quantitative or qualitative competencies required to conduct and understand research related to kinesiology.  

3. Apply evidence-based knowledge and skills for assessing client/student needs for designing and evaluating sport and physical activity programs.  

4. Explain concepts of foundational sciences related to the study of kinesiology with a specific focus in a selected area.  

5. Evaluate the psychological, physiological, or sociological strategies and forces that influence the sport/ physical activity experience to determine their impact on performance.  

6. Apply appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity and sport. 

Funding Opportunities 

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MS in Physical Education program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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