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Program: M.S., Kinesiology


The graduate program provides for advanced professional preparation and for introduction to research in an area of specialization.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

In addition to University requirements, the Department of Kinesiology requires:

  1. GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units of undergraduate work (with a 3.0 GPA preferred).
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores submitted as part of the application (i.e., prior to admission).
  3. Submission of the following, addressed to the department’s graduate coordinator:
    1. Three letters of recommendation.
    2. Statement of intent discussing the applicant’s interests and goals as they relate to a graduate degree in Kinesiology.

B. Admission to Classified Status

Students must be admitted to Classified status prior to completion of more than 12 units of graduate coursework. Admission to Classified graduate status in the program requires:

  1. Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or a related field, or completion of department course prerequisite requirements. In satisfying the course prerequisite requirements, each course must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher.
  2. Passing score (8 or above) on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
  3. For students with an overall undergraduate GPA below 3.0, a score at or above the 50th percentile on at least one of the three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Submission of Request for Classification form approved by the department graduate coordinator.

C. Degree Requirements

In addition to maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses taken toward the master’s degree, students must complete KIN 605 (Research Methods and Design) and either KIN 610 (Quantitative Analysis of Research in Kinesiology) or KIN 612 (Qualitative Research Design) with a grade of “B” or higher in each.

1. Required Courses (12 units)

KIN 605 Research Methods and Design (3)

Select one of the following:

KIN 610 Quantitative Analysis of Research in Kinesiology (3)
KIN 612 Qualitative Research Design (3)

Select two courses from the following with approval of advisor:

KIN 603 Seminar in Pedagogy of Kinesiology (3)
KIN 606 Seminar in Social Psychology of Sport (3)
KIN 607 Seminar in Sport History (3)
KIN 608 Seminar in Adapted Physical Education (3)
KIN 619 Seminar in Dance Science (3)
KIN 626 Philosophic Development of Physical Education (3)
KIN 645 Seminar in Biomechanics (3)
KIN 646 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3)
KIN 647 Seminar in Adapted Physical Activity (3)
KIN 679 Seminar in Motor Behavior (3)

2. Culminating Experience (6 units)

KIN 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (6)

3. Electives (12 units)

Select from the following with approval of an advisor or thesis chair:

400-level: KIN 407, 408, 409418, 419, 426, 427, 428436, 437, 445446/L448/L, 451/L, 456, 476, 479, 496SP or 498A-Z

500-level: KIN 503, 511, 512513, 514520, 526/L560, 566, 575/L or 579

600-level: KIN 600, 602, 603, 606, 607, 608, 618, 619626, 642, 643, 645, 646647, 652, 654, 656, 679, 694, 695A-Z, 696 A-C or 699A-C

Note: Of the total 30 units required for the degree, at least 21 must be in 500- or 600-level courses.

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 30


Chair: Konstantinos Vrongistinos
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
(818) 677-3205

Graduate Coordinator: Victoria Jaque
(818) 677-7506


Student Learning Outcomes

The Department of Kinesiology is a learning-centered community that educates and inspires its students to understand and appreciate human movement for personal expression and wellness throughout the lifespan. In doing so, students and faculty work together to improve quality of life for themselves and their community. The department values and respects the spectrum of human diversity. An integrated approach to the teaching, learning and application of human movement provides opportunities and experiences to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and theoretical understanding of kinesiology through oral and written expression.
  2. Synthesize and apply theoretical concepts from the kinesiology research literature to the student’s chosen area of study.
  3. Conceptualize, plan and conduct a scholarly research or professional project based on a review of appropriate literature and utilizing appropriate methodologies.