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Kinesiology

Tackle chronic disease. Champion fitness. Study the science of human movement and prepare for a career that improves lives.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Kinesiology graduate program offers graduate study and research leading to a Master of Science degree in three major areas of specialization.

This degree program is designed for the in-depth study of a particular field. It is possible for a full-time student to complete this degree program in one academic year plus one summer session. Most students complete the degree in 2 years.

Areas of Concentration

Bio-behavioral Kinesiology

Examines the impact of sport and physical activity on individuals. This area includes Exercise and Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Kinesmetrics.

Cultural, Pedagogical, & Interpretive Kinesiology

Examines the interaction between physical activity and the individual from cultural, sociological, and pedagogical perspectives.

Exercise Physiology

Examines work output, energy transfer, and movement efficiency. Research in this area strives to better understand the consequences of exercise stress on body systems.

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed
  • Official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both verbal and quantitative. Scores cannot be more than 5 years old.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • On the TOEFL part: International students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum for full status admission: greater than 102 (IBT), greater than 253 (CBT), greater than 610 (PBT), or greater than 7.0 (IELTS). Scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
  • Students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score on the speaking sub-section of 24 (IBT) or 8 (IELTS)

Admission Deadlines

Students may apply to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. program. Applications for Fall admission are due on January 15. Applications for Spring semester are due on October 1.

Degree Requirements

  • Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 32 hours, 16 of which must be completed in Kinesiology.
     
  • 8 hours must come from the identified major area of study, and 4 hours must be taken from one additional area of study in the department.
     
  • 12 of the total hours must include 500-level courses.
     
  • Of the 16 hours in Kinesiology, Kinesiology 501 (Research Methods in Kinesiology) or an equivalent graduate-level research methods course appropriate to a student’s program of study is required.
     
  • No more than 8 hours of graduate credit from another institution may be substituted.
     
  • A student may choose to write an acceptable thesis for 8 hours of credit (i.e., Kinesiology 599) or select a non-thesis option by substituting 8 hours of credit (i.e., approved credit that includes at least 4 hours of Kinesiology 590 Independent Study).

Curriculum

Thesis Option

Code Course
KIN 501
Kinesiology Research Methods

Hours: 4

KIN 591
Seminar

Hours: 4

MajorArea of study courses

Hours: 8

Secondary area of study within dept.

Hours: 4

Research/project hours

Hours: 0-8

KIN 599
Thesis Research

Hours: 8

Total Hours: 32

Non-Thesis Option

Code Course
Kin 501
Kinesiology Research Methods

Hours: 4

KIN 591
Seminar

Hours: 4

Major area of study courses

Hours: 8

Secondary area of study within department

Hours: 4

Research/project hours

Hours: 4-8

Total Hours: 32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap

Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 20 Credit Hours (not including 599)
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 Credit Hours
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Work with Julie Jenkins or Dr. Steven Petruzzello to best customize your course schedule.

For more information reference the course catalog.

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Julie Jenkins
Office Administrator
jjenkns@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 333-1083

Dr. Steven Petruzzello
Associate Head for Graduate Studies
petruzze@illinois.edu