Texas Tech University

Master of Science in Kinesiology

In Kinesiology, students must choose specific area of 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, students must choose an area of focus their studies among the following areas:

  • Clinical 
    • The Clinical track is designed for students interested in entering an allied health or other wellness profession. This track requires students to complete at least one 300-hour internship in cardiac rehabilitation, and focuses student study for successfully completing the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) certification exam.
  • Human Performance
    • The Human Performance option is designed to prepare students for careers specializing in maximizing health and physical performance.
  • Motor Behavior and Exercise and Sport Psychology
    • In Motor Behavior and Exercise and Sport Psychology option we believe that all of these 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.
  • Integrative Physiology
    • The integrative Physiology with Thesis Track option is designed for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in Exercise, Nutrition, Obesity, Hypertension or Cardiovascular Physiology. Students will take the core exercise physiology curriculum and then build the rest of the program with their mentor's guidance, depending on their thesis project. Students are required to complete a thesis during their graduate program Therefore for this track, it is important to find a mentor early to complete the program successfully and on time.

These tracks allow students to direct their learning experience towards their career goal. It takes typically two years to complete the minimum of 36 credit hours required to earn the Master's degree. Pre-requisites for the tracks include undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology. Leveling courses may be required for students not possessing a Bachelor's degree in exercise science.

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.


Exercise Physiology 
  • Core (12 hours) - must be taken by all students in the clinical, human performance, and research tracks
    • KIN 5315 Research Methods I
    • KIN 5335 Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology
    • KIN 5336 Skeletal Muscle Physiology
    • KIN 5357 Applied Neuromuscular Performance
  • Clinical Track (18 hours)
    • KIN 5330 Health Issues for the Active Female
    • KIN 5334 Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription
    • KIN 5337 Electrocardiography
    • KIN 5304 Clinical Internship (3 hours)
    • KIN 5332 Applied Physiology of Exercise
    • KIN 5312 Behavioral and Psychological Aspects of Exercise or
    • KIN 5313 Applied Psychology of Sports
  • Human Performance Track (15 hours)
    • KIN 5317 Seminar (Rotating topics)
    • KIN 5318 Biomechanical Assessment of Human Performance
    • KIN 5353 Research & Assessment of Muscular Performance
    • KIN 5355 Program Design for Strength and Conditioning
    • KIN 5358 Ergogenic Aids and Human Performance
  • Integrative Physiology (15 hours)
    • KIN 5332 Applied Physiology
    • KIN 6000 Master's Thesis (6 hrs)
    • KIN 7000 Research (6hrs)

Electives to complete 36 hours must be approved by adviser

Motor Behavior and Exercise and Sport Psychology

  • Core (18 hours)
    • KIN 5315 Research Methods I
    • KIN 5316 Research Methods II
    • KIN 5312 Behavioral and Psychological Aspects of Exercise
    • KIN 5313 Applied Sport Psychology
    • KIN 5302 Motor Control, KIN 5305 Motor Learning, KIN 5307 Motor Development (choose any 2)
Electives to complete 36 hours must be approved by adviser

Graduate Course Rotation 

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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