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

The Master of Science in Kinesiology with the emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology 36-hour degree includes a 15-hour core curriculum of courses in kinesiology. The student can take 21 hours of additional courses which would allow development of an area of expertise such as sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, health fitness management, motor behavior, sports sociology, and teaching behavior.

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 5121 - 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 or culminating experience
     •     The remaining 15-21 hours will be electives with no more than 6 hours outside of KINE

Students may take a sport psychology practicum (KINE 5850) for at least one year while they are in the program. This practicum is overseen by a certified AASP consultant. Although we recommend that students consider taking a sport psychology practicum through the Center of Sport Psychology, there are other sport psychology and exercise psychology practica and independent study experiences with sport and exercise researchers available. Thesis students will complete KINE 5950 (6 hours), whereas non-thesis students will successfully complete a written comprehensive exam or culminating experience. The remaining 15-21 hours allow for the development of expertise in areas such as sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, health fitness management, motor behavior, sport sociology, and teaching behavior. These hours will be electives with no more than 6 hours being taken outside of KINE (specific classes would 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.
  • Earn competitive scores on the GRE. The kinesiology graduate program views high test scores as a predicator of future success.  Lower test scores will be considered if other criteria indicate ability to be successful in the program. 
  • 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. 

Contact Information:
Brian McFarlin, Ph.D., or Scott Martin, 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
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