Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Kinesiology M.S.

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The Master of Science in Kinesiology is designed for students interested in the study of human performance. Students are provided with the theoretical foundations of the movement-based sciences and select an emphasis in biomechanics, motor learning/control, or sports medicine. Through involvement in directed research projects, students obtain an in-depth understanding of laboratory equipment research and applications in the biomedical sciences. Graduates are prepared to make applications of the movement sciences in research, clinical or athletic settings and for entrance into doctoral programs in kinesiology.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applicants for admission must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, athletic training, biology, nutrition, or a related academic discipline.

Applicants must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0), or 3.00 (A=4.0) in the last two years. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission except in cases where the department requests it be taken. Successful applicants generally have a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average and a combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and higher than 3.5 on the analytical section Interested applicants must send the following information to the Graduate College:

  1. A completed application for graduate studies.
  2. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.

Interested applicants must send the following information to the Department of Kinesiology:

  1. Copies of all transcripts sent to the Graduate College.
  2. Official GRE scores  (when requested by the Kinesiology Department).
  3. A letter of intent that addresses: Reason(s) for wishing to earn an advanced degree. Motivation for attending UNLV. Summary of educational goals. Summary of research activities and interests. Possible faculty mentors.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for graduate study.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Kinesiology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. The curriculum for the M.S. in Kinesiology consists of the following:

Core Courses - Total Credits: 9

Students must complete one course from each of three areas: biomechanics, motor learning/motor control, exercise physiology.

Specialization - Total Credits: 9

Research opportunities and course work are available in biomechanics, motor learning/motor control, and sports medicine. The individual student’s program will be developed in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Thesis Option - Total Credits: 9

Students electing to complete a thesis must complete KIN 749 and three credits of electives in consultation with their advisor.

Non-Thesis Option - Total Credits: 9

Students electing this option must complete KIN 748 and select six credits of electives.

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