Master of Science in Kinesiology
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units will be required for admission to the M.S. program.
A minimum of 4.0 on the GRE writing component (for U.S. and International applicants). (*This requirement is temporarily suspended until further notice).
International students must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test, or 80 on online iBT TOEFL, or 7.0 on IELTS, or an overall academic score of 65 on PTE (Pearson Test of English). The English standard must be completed prior to admission to the graduate program.
All students are conditionally admitted pending:
- Completion of the required entry courses and/or the minimum 24 unit undergraduate equivalency.
- Completion of all requirements of the Graduate Program.
No more than six units of graduate work may be completed prior to fulfillment of all prerequisites for admission to the program.
Upon admission, the department sends a letter to the candidate containing the name of the assigned advisor and classification conditions.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
The University has a requirement for written English proficiency that is to be assessed at two different points in a student's program.
Minimum 4.0 on the analytical writing component of the GRE. (*This requirement is temporarily suspended until further notice).
Completion of the written thesis or master’s project for the culminating experience requirement.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the M.S. program in Kinesiology:
- Students will be able to apply multiple perspectives to the study of various forms of physical activity (e.g. exercise, fitness, movement, and skill) across the lifespan and in a variety of contexts.
- Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge related to one or more of the sub-disciplines in the field of kinesiology.
- Students will be able to identify and search for information associated with problems or topics in kinesiology.
- Students will be able to use appropriate methodologies and technologies to address specific problems or topics in kinesiology.
- Students will exit the program with an understanding of dominant theories, models, and systems in the study of kinesiology.
- Students will become critical consumers of the literature in kinesiology and will have the skills and knowledge to make contributions to the literature.
Repeat of Courses
Graduate students who receive a grade lower than B, including AU, IC, RD. RP, W, and WU may repeat the course only once more.
Culminating Experience Course Enrollment
Enrolling in the Culminating Experience course is the final step toward completing your degree. Once you enroll in your Culminating Experience course, you are expected to complete your degree within two semesters or maintain continuous enrollment until you earn your degree. You are not required to enroll in coursework the semester immediately following enrollment in your Culminating Experience (CE) course if your Culminating Experience has not been completed.
You are allowed a “grace” semester in which to complete your Culminating Experience and earn your degree. For example, if you enroll in your Culminating Experience course in Spring 2015, you are permitted to continue your work through the Fall 2015 semester without enrolling. During the grace period, you are considered a matriculated student and are eligible for all student support services. You may enroll in the 499 course offered through CEL or in a course offered through the regular university enrollment process on the advisement of your faculty.
Continuous Enrollment through HSS 499 Requirement
If you do not complete your Culminating Experience after the “grace” semester following enrollment in your Culminating Experience course, you are required to maintain continuous enrollment either through the College of Extended Learning (CEL) or enroll in a regular university course on the advisement of faculty. If you enroll in a zero unit Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment course through CEL, you must adhere to the following processes. Enroll in the Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment course under your college name: HSS 499. Students must enroll in HSS 499 before the university’s add/drop deadline (the add/ drop deadline can be found on the Registrar’s Office website). Enrollment in the HSS 499 course provides students access to SFSU libraries, discipline-associated laboratories and facilities, and Culminating Experience advisors.
If you do not maintain continuous enrollment and wish to return to complete the degree, you will need to reapply to the university (readmission is not guaranteed) and enroll in the HSS 499 course for the semester you are readmitted and every semester after until earning your degree. The 7-year time limit to degree, from the earliest course in your degree program to date of graduation, applies. For more detailed information please refer to Academic Senate Policy S08-246 or to the SF State Bulletin
Opportunities may be available to work in the Kinesiology Department as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. Qualified students may apply, when available, to teach the physical activity courses, lower division lectures, and upper-division laboratory sections. Students may also apply for financial aid through the University.
The Master of Science in Kinesiology is 30 units and includes a core, electives, and a culminating experience. In consultation with their advisor, students will select electives and a culminating experience that best meets their professional/personal needs. Final approval of the student's program rests with the graduate faculty. Students are expected to complete this degree in a maximum of five years.
Kinesiology (M.S.) — Minimum 30 units
Program Core Requirements (9 units)
|KIN 710||Research in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN 715||Research Designs and Analysis||3|
|KIN 795||Seminar in Kinesiology||3|
Emphases (15 units)
Emphasis in Exercise Physiology
|KIN 740||Advanced Exercise Metabolism 1||3|
|KIN 742||Exercise and Cardiovascular Dynamics 1||3|
|KIN 746||Clinical Exercise Physiology 1||3|
|KIN 755||Exercise Electrocardiography, Testing, and Prescription||3|
|KIN 781||Muscle Physiology||3|
Emphasis in Movement Physiology
|KIN 730||Advanced Biomechanics 1||3|
|KIN 733||Motor Learning 1||3|
|KIN 736||Advanced Neuromotor Control 1||3|
|KIN 763||Motivation and Performance||3|
|Elective Upon Advisement||3|
Emphasis in Physical Activity: Social Science Perspectives
|KIN 734||Sport-Based Youth Development 1||3|
|KIN 763||Motivation and Performance 1||3|
|KIN 766||Sociocultural Bases of Physical Activity 1||3|
|Elective Upon Advisement||6|
|KIN 750||Curriculum and Instruction I: Physical Education (should be used instead of electives)||3|
|KIN 751||Curriculum and Instruction II: Physical Education (should be used instead of electives)||3|
Culminating Experience (6 units)
|Select one of the following:|
& KIN 898
|Independent Research in Kinesiology|
and Master's Thesis
|KIN 895||Master's Project in Kinesiology (and Elective Upon Advisement)||3|
To apply for award of certificate, you must submit the Certificate Approved Program form to your advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator. You will need to pay a processing fee at the Cashier's Office before submitting the form and your unofficial transcripts to the GradStop Counter. For further information and to access the online forms go to sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/forms/cap.pdf