Texas Tech University

Master of Science in Kinesiology

In Kinesiology, students can choose specific a area specialization. However, the faculty believe that the areas of specialization are intertwined and linked together by a common thread, the science of movement. We also believe that exercise is medicine. Whether the exercise is in the form of recreational sport or clinically prescribed exercise, the end result is the same, a healthier body and a sharper mind. Even though your degree will be a master's degree in Kinesiology you can choose of focus your study and research in a specialized area. Opportunities exist for specialization in these areas:

  • Exercise Physiology
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Human Performance
  • The Exercise Physiology specialization allows students to direct their learning experience towards their career goal. The Clinical track is designed for students interested in working in allied health and/or wellness professions. Lastly, the Human Performance is designed to prepare students for careers specializing in maximizing health and physical performance or pursuing a doctoral degree in exercise science. The Exercise Physiology specialization is typically a two-year program that requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to complete the degree. Pre-requisites for this specialization include undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology. Leveling courses may be required for students not possessing a Bachelor's degree in exercise science.
  • Motor Behavior and Exercise and Sport Psychology Specialization

In kinesiology we believe that all of these areas have shared educational foundations. Faculty members can guide students in choosing classes that are right for them; however, your research experience will be dependent on the research faculty member's area of expertise. We encourage you to look at the research area of the faculty when choosing your adviser if you are interested in doing a research project or a thesis.

From the time of arrival, each student will be partnered with a mentor/major adviser who will assist with academic, as well as, career planning. Each student's educational experience will include formal instruction enhanced with hands-on laboratory experiences. Our goal is to prepare outstanding researchers, scientists and teachers. To further enhance professional development, College and departmental scholarships and travel stipends are also awarded for the presentation of research findings and attendance at specialized regional, national and international research conferences.

Kinesiology Specializations (36) hours

Exercise Physiology Core (12)

KIN 5315 Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Sciences

KIN 5335 Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology

KIN 5336 Skeletal Muscle Physiology

KIN 5357 Applied Anatomy and Neuromuscular Performance

Clinical (15)

KIN 5330 Health Issues for the Active Female

KIN 5332 Applied Physiology

KIN 5334 Clinical Exercise Testing

KIN 5337 Electrocardiography

KIN 5304 Clinical Internship (3 hours)

Human Performance (15)

KIN 5318 Biomechanical Assessment of Human Performance

KIN 5353 Muscular Performance

KIN 5355 Program Design for Strength and Conditioning

Electives to complete 36 hours must be approved by advisor

Motor Behavior and Exercise and Sport Psychology Core (21)

KIN 5315 Research Methods I

KIN 5303 Psychology of Sport or KIN 5312 Exercise Psychology

KIN 5302 Motor Control or KIN 5305 Motor Learning OR KIN 5307 Motor Development

Choose from any of the above course not taken or KIN 5316 Research Methods II or KIN 5301 Independent Study or KIN 7000 Research (12 hours)

Electives to complete 36 hours must be approved by adviser

Graduate Course Rotation

All courses are tentative.


Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
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