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Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree (MSK), Applied Sport Science Major

Description of Program

Students in applied sport science develop a scientific background in human performance through study in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport psychology.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 35 credit hours is required for this program.  The Master of Science in Kinesiology degree must include a minimum of 20 credits from the Department of Kinesiology.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C– is required in each course. All electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor.

Complete each of the following courses (18 cr.):

  • SPH-K 530 Mechanical Analysis of Human Performance (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 533 Advanced Theories of High Level Performance (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 535 Physiological Basis of Human Performance (3 cr.)
  • SPH-M 525 Psychological Foundations of Exercise and Sport (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 501 (Formerly: HPER-T 591) Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 505 Principles and Foundations of Public Health (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following courses (3 cr.):

  • SPH-K 541 Nature and Basis of Motor Skill (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 542 Neuromuscular Control of Movement (3 cr.)

Complete graduate-level elective courses to reach the minimum 35 credits required for this degree program. (14 cr.)

  • Consult your academic advisor to select graduate-level elective courses to complete the minimum 35 credits required for this degree program.
Special Opportunities

Students benefit from the latest human performance research and state-of-the-art laboratories.


The applied sport science program is designed for students interested in coaching at the high school/college level, and for students interested in the scientific aspects of sport and human performance.

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