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Master of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology

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Graduate study in kinesiology provides opportunities for students to specialize in areas leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The programs are designed to prepare individuals for professional positions as educators, researchers, and consultants in a variety of sports, health, and educational contexts. Collaborative course work, laboratory and field experiences, clinical placements, and research are available with other departments and schools both at Michigan State University and at other universities, as well as with various community agencies. The primary objective of the master's degree program in kinesiology is to help students to acquire a breadth of knowledge grounded in theory, to gain expertise in one or more areas of specialization, and to develop competence in methods of inquiry. The program follows the guidelines that were adopted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). A range of relevant courses and experiences can be incorporated into the student's program to satisfy individual needs and interests. Eight major areas of study within the discipline of kinesiology are available to master’s students: Athletic Training, Coaching, Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity, Sport Administration, Strength and Conditioning, Student Athlete Development. Breadth requirement: Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (or similarly named program such as physical education or exercise science) must complete a minimum of 6 credits of Kinesiology courses representing at least two of nine different disciplinary areas (adapted physical activity, athletic training, biomechanics, coaching, exercise physiology, growth and motor development, psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity, sport administration, student athlete development) outside of the student’s major area/concentration, as approved by the student’s guidance committee. Credits earned in 200 or 300 level courses may be used to fulfill the breadth requirement, but will not count toward the master’s degree. The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis). Students must complete 30 credits.
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