REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN KINESIOLOGY
The Formal study plan must include 45 quarter units of course work approved by the graduate committee. The coursework on the formal study plan is designed to prepare the student to achieve his/her stated career objective. At least 30 of the units must be completed at the 500-level in Kinesiology.
Up to 15 units may be taken in the 400/500-level courses outside of the Kinesiology Department with graduate commitee approval provided these courses were not required as part of the undergraduate degree program. Only 12 units of 400-level kinesiology courses may be put on the formal study plan. Graduate students taking 400-level courses are required to complete assingments beyond those normally required by the undergraduate students and are graded more rigorously.
At least 32 units on the formal study plan must be completed in residence and no more than 9 units of graduate commitee approved extension courses may be included on the formal study plan.
Each candidate must successfully complete a culminating experience before the degree is granted. The requirement can take one of two forms: (1) those students following the Thesis Option must successfully propose and defend the thesis of project in an oral examination, or (2) those students following the Non-Thesis Option must pass a comprehensive examination dealing with current general knowledge in the discipline of kinesiology and the application of coursework taken on the formal study plan. In addition all candidates must meet the current California State University Graduation Writing Requirement.
CURRICULUM FOR MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN KINESIOLOGY
Two options are available in the Master of Science in Kinesiology Program.
Requires the successful completion 39 quarter units of graduate committee approved coursework, 6 units of thesis research/project design, and successful completion of an oral proposal and defense of the thesis /project. Download a list of coursework for the Thesis Option (Word Doc).
Requires the successful completion of 45 units of approved coursework and pass a comprehensive examination covering current general knowledge in Kinesiology and its sub-disciplines and the application of coursework on the formal study plan. Download a list of required coursework for the Non-Thesis Option (Word Doc).
Graduate Course Offerings
Most Kinesiology graduate courses are offered every other year on a rotational basis. Students admitted with classified graduate standing can typically complete the program within two academic years. Applications to the program are currently accepted every quarter; however, a fall quarter entry is best for optimal progression toward completion of the degree.