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Course content

Kinesiology offers three areas of concentration for its Master of Science degree:

-Biobehavioral Kinesiology
-Cultural, Pedagogical, & Interpretive Kinesiology
-Exercise Physiology

The programme
This degree program is designed for the in-depth study of a particular field of study. 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.

Common fields of study
-Biobehavioral Kinesiology examines the impact that physical activity and sport have upon individuals. This area includes Exercise and Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Kinesmetrics

-Cultural, Pedagogical, & Interpretive Studies studies the interaction between physical activity and the individual from cultural, sociological and pedagogical perspectives.

-Exercise Physiology studies work output, energy transfer, and movement efficiency in order to better understand the consequences of exercise stress on body systems.

Admission to this degree program requires:

-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
-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 & quantitative
-three letters of recommendation
-international students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum score of 580 on the paper based TOEFL test, 237 on the computer based test, or 92 on the internet-based test (iBT).
-students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score of 230 or higher on the Test of spoken English (TSE) or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) on versions prior to 1996. A score of 50 or higher on the newer versions.

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).

Graduate scholarships
The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health offers various monetary awards for graduate students ranging from $500 to $2,000. All awards will be presented at the Honors and Awards Ceremony held each spring. Information describing each award and the eligibility criteria is below. Additional information, application forms, and deadlines are available in the Academic Affairs Office, Room 112 Freer Hall, or in the Community Health Office, 129 Huff Hall.

-William H. Creswell Jr. Graduate Student Award: Preference is given to students who are studying health education, health promotion, or public health with an emphasis on education. Recipients shall be selected based on academic merit, participation in health-related professional organizations, and potential leadership in the field of health education.

-Cureton Physical Fitness Research Award: This award is to support research directed toward physical performance and fitness. Graduate students must be enrolled in residence at the time the award is granted.

-Howard Hoyman Student Award: Preference is given to graduate students who are deemed to have financial need.

-Laura Huelster Scholarship Award: Awarded to a female graduate student in the Kinesiology graduate curriculum working on her dissertation and who has successfully completed the required preliminary examination and accompanying requirements.

-B.H. Massey Memorial Award: Awarded to a graduate student who is pursuing research in physical fitness.

-Roger Morse Most Promising Graduate Student Award: Awarded to a graduate student who is in the early stages of his/her graduate work (MS or first year Ph.D.) and shows significant scholarship and promise.

-Roger Morse Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Awarded to a graduate student who has successfully completed the required preliminary examination, is working on his/her dissertation, and has demonstrated significant scholarship in and commitment to the field of Kinesiology.

Robert L. Sprague Thesis Award: Awarded to a graduate student based upon academic merit as well as the merit of the proposal submitted.





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Recipient: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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