MS in Kinesiology with emphasis in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Exercise

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation offers a Master of Science (MS) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The MS program requires a total of 36 hours, including 15 hours of core kinesiology courses (see courses below). In addition to the core curriculum, students can take 21 hours of additional coursework that will allow for the development of an area of expertise such as sport and exercise psychology.

Degree Requirements (36 semester hours are required):

  • All students will complete a 15-hour core of graduate courses in Kinesiology.
    • KINE 5090 - Motor Behavior (3 hours)
    • KINE 5100 - Research Perspectives in Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation (3 hours)
    • KINE 5150 - Quantitative Procedures in Exercise and Sport (3 hours)
    • KINE 5125 - Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 hours)
    • KINE 5301 - Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
  • Thesis students will complete KINE 5950 (6 hours)
  • Non-thesis students will complete a comprehensive exam (0 hours of credit) or culminating experience (KINE 5910, 3 hours)
  • The remaining 15-21 hours will be electives

Sport and exercise psychology electives include KINE 5135 - Exercise and Health Psychology, KINE 5175 - Social Psychology of Sport, KINE 5185 - Applied Sport Psychology, and KINE 6191 - Measurement and Assessment in Sport and Physical Activity. Students may also take a sport or exercise psychology practicum (KINE 5850) for at least one year while they are in the program. Sport or exercise psychology practicum are available through the Center of Sport Psychology, Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Exercise Lab, and Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology Lab. There are other sport and exercise psychology practica and independent study experiences available. Selection of specific courses should be determined in consultation with your advisor.

Departmental Admissions Requirements:

  • Accepted into the UNT's Toulouse Graduate School.
  • Earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work OR a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree OR a 3.4 GPA on your master's degree.
  • Submit a Candidate Statement, which is an essay that describes the applicant’s interest in seeking a graduate degree in kinesiology. The statement must include reasons for applying to the kinesiology graduate program and to UNT (academic goals, career goals, research interests, etc.). 
  • Although not required, earning competitive scores on the GRE is viewed as a predicator of future success. 

Contact Information:
Scott Martin, Ph.D., or Ryan L. Olson, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310769
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
Phone: 940-565-2651
Fax: 940-565-4904
Website: http://www.sportpsych.unt.edu
Email:  Scott.Martin@unt.edu or Ryan.Olson@unt.edu