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  Dec 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Kinesiology, M.S.


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Kinesiology Program - Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
HPER North Complex 241
801-581-7558

Minimum Master Hours: 33 - 45

The Kinesiology Graduate Programs are rigorous and scholarly programs which provide a broad education in the numerous subdisciplines that comprise kinesiology. The program comprises five focus areas: (1) Physical Activity, Fitness & Health, (2) Coaching Wellness, (3) Sport and Exercise Psychology, (4) Special/Adapted Physical Education, (5) Sport Pedagogy and Pediatric Physical Activity. In addition, students can shape their education by taking advantage of a variety of specialized opportunities. Each student’s educational program is developed with his/her mentor and Master’s committee. The MS degree includes thesis and non-thesis options.

Admission Requirements:

The application deadline is March 1st for admission to Fall semester. Applications are not accepted for Spring semester. Applications completed after March 1st will be considered on a secondary basis and may be denied if programs are at capacity.

  • All applicants must match with an individual faculty mentor
  • It is highly recommended that MS thesis applicants contact the faculty member with whom they wish to conduct their research prior to submitting the application. Faculty members are more likely to accept students to conduct research under their supervision if the applicant’s research interests match their own.
  • MS thesis applicants who do not match with a faculty mentor may be accepted into the MS non-thesis option, however, you will still need to select a faculty mentor.
  • The MS non-thesis option is very practice-oriented and involves field experience, and internship and a project.

Application Procedures. The following items should be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office through Apply Yourself WebCenter.

  1. Official transcripts documenting all previous academic work in higher education. The transcripts must indicate the attainment of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (Do not send transcripts to the Kinesiology Program)
  2. A current resume or a curriculum vita that details your academic and/or professional accomplishments.
  3. 2 letters of reference on letterhead from individuals who know your academic and/or preprofessional skills. These must be submitted electronically through Apply Yourself.
  4. A 500-word statement declaring your focus area (Physical Activity, Fitness & Health, Coaching Wellness, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Special/Adapted Physical Education, and Sport Pedagogy & Pediatric Physical Activity) thesis or non-thesis option, and a narrative of your professional and/or research objectives and rationale for seeking the degree.
  5. Students wishing to conduct thesis research must receive commitment from a faculty mentor prior to admission into that degree option.
  6. GRE scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing exam, taken within the last 5 years. (GRE University code: 4853, Department code: 3909) If taking the computerized GRE, use the drop-down menu to indicate that scores should be sent to the University of Utah Department of Health, Kinesiology & Recreation.
  7. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the primary language. TOEFL results must be sent directly to the International Admissions Office. A minimum score of 500 (173 on computer-based exam or 61 on new iBT exam) or better on the TOEFL.
  8. Applicants requesting the I-20 must submit a financial statement demonstrating sufficient funds to complete the degree with the application. Each year, the amount required to complete the degree changes. Please consult Graduate Admissions for this information.

Criteria for Admission

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher overall or during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Evidence of significant coursework in physical education and/or kinesiology/exercise & sport science at the Bachelor’s level. See specific information on pre-requisite courses by subdiscipline.
  • The attainment of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 300 or higher.
  • Students who meet the criteria listed above may not be accepted due to; a high volume of more qualified applicants, the lack of a mentor for those who apply to the MS thesis option, a late application or an incompleted application.

Master Requirements for Kinesiology - Physical Activity, Fitness, & Health

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Master Requirements for Kinesiology - Coaching Wellness

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Master Requirements for Kinesiology - Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Master Requirements for Kinesiology - Special/Adapted Physical Education

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Master Requirements for Kinesiology - Sport Pedagogy and Pediatric Physical Activity

 

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