M.S. in Kinesiology
The M.S. in Kinesiology program prepares students to pursue various performance, health, fitness, rehabilitation, and research careers. Students looking to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of kinesiology in preparation for a professional career will do so through relevant coursework, seminars, laboratory experiences, and a research project specific to their interests. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral program will also have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led and self-directed research, in addition to relevant coursework, which will foster the development of advanced methodological and laboratory skills necessary for doctoral level study.
M.S. in Kinesiology Courses
KIN 501 Research Methods
KIN 503 Advanced Motor Learning and Control
KIN 504 Advanced Exercise Physiology
KIN 512 Advanced Strength and Conditioning
KIN 518 Advanced Statistics in Kinesiology
KIN 522 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
KIN 514 Laboratory Methods
KIN 523 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
KIN 524 Applied Biomechanics
KIN 598 Capstone Research Experience * -OR-
KIN 599 Thesis Research
* Students who chose to complete Capstone Research Experience instead of a thesis will have to complete a Comprehensive Examination (with both written and oral components) at the end of their final semester in the program.
The admission requirements for the Master of Science in Kinesiology program are as follows:
- A Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university of recognized standing with at least a 2.75 overall GPA
- A Current Resume
- A Statement of Professional Intent
The Statement of Professional Intent should provide a sample of the applicant's writing style and ability. It should be 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced, and is expected to be well organized, clearly written, and error free. It should include an introduction, responses to the three questions below, and a conclusion:
- Why do you want to pursue this degree?
- What related qualifications and/or experiences do you bring to the program?
- What are your career goals after completing the program
Students with undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation from professors in their major and/or their academic advisor.
- Resumes, Statements, and Letters of Recommendation (if below a 3.0) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the full name of the applicant along with their WKU Student ID (if known)
Please note. The Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology begins new students only in the fall semester; however, some exceptions may apply. We have a rolling admission deadline and can accept applications through the end of July. However, applicants applying for Graduate Assistant positions must have completed and approved applications to be considered for the position.
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Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistant position must submit the following materials:
- Completed KRS Graduate Assistantship Application
- Cover Letter (include previous knowledge/skills and career goals/research interests)
- Resume (include 3 references)
- Completed application for the M.S. in Kinesiology
All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Brad Stinnett and a copy sent to Dr. Mark Schafer. Applications are due no later than March 15th for committee review. Successful applicants will be contacted by April 15th. All applicants will receive a decision notification by April 30th.
View the Graduate Assistant job description.
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