Master of Science in Kinesiology

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Masters of Science in Kinesiology

Overview

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program prepares graduate students to advance the fields of Kinesiology through evidenced-based patient care and translational research. The program emphasizes basic and clinical interdisciplinary education and research in areas of Kinesiology.  The MS in Kinesiology has two concentrations within the M.S. in Kinesiology program that include a clinical (non-thesis) and research (thesis) degree option.

Applied Physiology and Neuromechanics Concentration (Thesis required)

The Applied Physiology and Neuromechanics concentration is excellent preparation for those planning to continue their education through the PhD, either in Kinesiology or a related field (Biology, Rehabilitation Sciences, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Physiology, etc). Students selecting this concentration will also be well qualified for employment in aspects of the health industry or in research labs.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (Thesis Optional)

The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration is a CAAHEP-accredited program that is designed to prepare students to become Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists. Clinical Exercise Physiologists are employed in inpatient and outpatient clinical/rehabilitation settings (e.g. Cardiopulmonary Rehab programs), general wellness/fitness commercial and corporate settings, and industrial settings that provide health care services for both diseased and healthy populations. Through a blend of classroom instruction and clinical experience, the degree program teaches a wide variety of specific health care skills, knowledge, and behaviors within the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neoplastic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic practice areas.

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Susan Tsivitse Arthur

Associate Professor

Cameron 276

704-687-0856

sarthur8@uncc.edu

 

Practicum Coordinator

Dr. Trudy Moore-Harrison

Lecturer

Belk Gym 217

704-687-0862

tlmoore2@uncc.edu

 

A full list of Kinesiology faculty and staff can be found here.

Degree Requirements

The MS in Kinesiology program adheres to the Master’s Degree Requirements outlined by the Graduate School of UNC Charlotte.  Both concentrations within the MS in Kinesiology program require 36 credit hours approved by the Department of Kinesiology and a minimum of 15 credit hours presented for the degree must be in the courses numbered 6000 and above. Both concentrations require the same 12 hours of core courses but differ in their specific concentration courses and the number of elective hours. Courses for which undergraduate credit has been awarded may not be repeated for graduate credit.  Early-Entry students must submit an Early-Entry Program Form to allow up to 12 graduate credit hours to be counted towards both the MS in Kinesiology and the student’s undergraduate degree.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required on all coursework attempted for the degree or they will be dismissed from the program.  Similarly, a student who earns two “C” grades will be dismissed from the program.  At the time of admission, up to 6 credit hours of graduate transfer credit may be accepted if approved by the Department of Kinesiology and the Graduate School. 

Early Entry Option

The Early-Entry program leads to completion of all requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees in only five academic years and one or two summers. In this program, students complete requirements for the B.S. degree and begin graduate coursework and research in their Senior, or fourth, year. The Kinesiology Early-Entry program is accelerated; that is, up to twelve credit hours may be taken at the graduate level and double counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students may leave the program after four years with the B.S. degree, or they may complete an additional academic year and summer of full-time study and research to earn both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Kinesiology.More information can be found at the Graduate School website.

Core Courses for Both Concentrations (12 hours)

KNES 6115    Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)

KNES 6232    Physiology of Human Aging (3)

KNES 6280    Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)

KNES 6285    Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)

Applied Physiology and Neuromechanics Concentration-Specific Courses (15 hours)

____ XXXX      A graduate level statistics course (3)

KNES 6170    Neuromechanics of Gait and Posture (3)

KNES 6800    Directed Independent Study (3)

KNES 6900    Research & Thesis in Kinesiology (6)

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration-Specific Courses (18 hours)

KNES 6120    Advances in Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)

KNES 6121    Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology (3)

KNES 6134    Exercise Prescription for Cardiopulmonary and Metabolic Disorders (3)

KNES 6151    Exercise Testing Methods (3)

KNES 6292    Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Disorders (3)

KNES 6490    Advanced Practicum in Clinical Exercise Physiology (1) (taken 3 times)

Each Practicum credit is equivalent to 200 clinical hours. Clinical practicum courses usually begin in the third semester of the student’s program and are arranged through the Practicum Coordinator within the Department of Kinesiology. 

Applied Physiology and Neuromechanics Elective Courses (9 hours)

Clinical Exercise Physiology Elective Courses (6 hours)

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for the degree must pass a comprehensive examination as outlined by the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte. A student selecting the Applied Physiology and Neuromechanics concentration must present credit for at least 6 credit hours of KNES 6900 and pass a thesis defense. A student selecting the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration has two options: 1) present credit for at least 3 credit hours of KNES 6900 and pass a thesis defense, 2) must pass the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist examination (RCEP), administered by the American College of Sports Medicine, or 3) must pass a faculty driven competency exam. 

The thesis and non-thesis approaches are designed to meet the needs of students preparing for different types of careers and represent qualitatively different educational experiences.  Consequently, the Department of Kinesiology and the Dean of the Graduate School strongly discourage any switching from one concentration to another

 

Progression of Classes

Traditional APK Progression

Fall: 1st year

Spring: 1st year

KNES 6115

Research Methods

3cr

KNES 6280

Advanced Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6170

Neuromechanics of Gait & Posture

3cr

KNES 6800

Independent Study

3cr

KNES 5232

Physiology of Human Aging

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

Fall: 2nd year

Spring: 2nd year

 

Graduate Statistics course

3cr

KNES 6285

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3cr

KNES 6900

Thesis

3cr

KNES 6900

Thesis

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

 

Traditional CEP Progression

Fall: 1st year

Spring: 1st year

Summer: 1st year

KNES 6115

Research Methods

3cr

KNES 6280

Advanced Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6292

Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Disorders

3cr

KNES 6120

Advances in Clinical Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6134

Exercise Prescription for Cardiac and Metabolic Disorders

3cr

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

 

Elective

3cr

KNES 6151

Exercise Testing Methods

3cr

 

 

 

Fall: 2nd year

Spring: 2nd year

 

KNES 6121

Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6285

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3cr

 

 

 

KNES 5232

Physiology of Human Aging

3cr

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

 

 

 

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

 

Elective*

3cr

 

 

 

                     

*  If the student is completing a thesis, it is recommended to take KNES 6900: Thesis.

Early-Entry APK Progression

Fall: 1st year

Spring: 1st year

KNES 6115

Research Methods

3cr

KNES 6280

Advanced Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6170

Neuromechanics of Gait & Posture

3cr

KNES 6800

Independent Study

3cr

UG**

KNES 4121, KNES 4286, KNES 4293

9cr

UG**

KNES 3900

3cr

Fall: 2nd year

Spring: 2nd year

KNES 5232

Physiology of Human Aging

3cr

KNES 6285

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3cr

KNES 6900

Thesis

3cr

KNES 6900

Thesis

3cr

 

Graduate Statistics course

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

 

Elective

3cr

** The courses listed here are an example only.  All early-entry students must consult with both the Graduate Program Director and their Undergraduate Program Coordinator to determine which undergraduate courses can be substituted.  Those listed here are for Exercise Science students.

 

Early Entry CEP Progression

Fall: 1st year

Spring: 1st year

Summer: 1st year

KNES 6115

Research Methods

3cr

KNES 6280

Advanced Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6292

Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Disorders

3cr

KNES 6120

Advances in Clinical Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6134

Exercise Prescription for Cardiac and Metabolic Disorders

3cr

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

UG**

KNES 4121, KNES 4286, KNES 4293

9cr

UG**

KNES 3900

3cr

 

 

 

Fall: 2nd year

Spring: 2nd year

 

KNES 6121

Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology

3cr

KNES 6285

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3cr

 

 

 

KNES 5232

Physiology of Human Aging

3cr

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

 

 

 

KNES 6490

Advanced Practicum

1cr

KNES 6151

Exercise Testing Methods

3cr

 

 

 

 

Elective

3cr

 

Elective*

3cr

 

 

 

                     

*  If the student is completing a thesis, it is recommended to take KNES 6900: Thesis.  ** The courses listed here are an example only.  All early-entry students must consult with both the Graduate Program Director and their Undergraduate Program Coordinator to determine which undergraduate courses can be substituted.  Those listed here are for Exercise Science students.

 

Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in applying to our M.S. in Kinesiology program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website: http://gradadmissions.uncc.edu.  To begin the application process, please view:  https://mygradschool.uncc.edu.

 
Early-Entry Applicants

In addition to fulfilling the university’s general requirements for graduate admission at the Master’s level, applicants seeking admission in to the MS in Kinesiology program must also:

1) Have at least 3.25 overall GPA.

2) Have at least 3.25 in the major

3) Have completed their BS curriculum with 75 credit hours when applying and will have successfully completed 90 credit hours of their standard BS curriculum upon enrollment in the MS program.

4) Have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and score ≥40th percentile on all categories.

5) Complete the application process including all the required documentation (e.g., test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation) which are the same for Early-Entry students as for other applicants to the program.

6) Demonstrate evidence of sufficient interest, ability, and preparation in Kinesiology to adequately profit from graduate study, as determined by the Kinesiology Graduate faculty. This information should be included in the statement of purpose and specifically speak to the following: a) strengths, b) concentration of interest, c) career aspirations, and d) research interests (if pursuing a thesis).

7) If pursuing a thesis (required for the APN concentration), applicants must have identified a thesis advisor before they will be admitted to the program.  Potential thesis advisors can be found on the Biodynamics Research Laboratory or Laboratory of Systems Physiology webpages.

The status of the accepted early-entry applicant is provisional pending the award of the baccalaureate degree (including sitting for examinations required by their B.S. program).  Early-Entry MS students will be expected to complete the requirements for the undergraduate degree by the time they have completed 15 hours of graduate work.  Students should consult with the Kinesiology MS Graduate Program Director about their eligibility for this program and to discuss requirements for selection during their Junior year.

Traditional Applicants

In addition to fulfilling the university’s general requirements for graduate admission at the Master’s level, applicants seeking admission in to the MS in Kinesiology program must also:

1) Present satisfactory scores (≥40th percentile on all categories) on the GRE. 

2) Possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all college coursework.

3) Possess an upper division GPA of 3.25 (Junior and Senior year courses).

3) Present satisfactory grades (C or better) on specific pre-requisite courses

Applied Physiology & Neuromechanics

            -4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology

-3 credit hours of Exercise Physiology

-3 credit hours of Biomechanics or Motor Control

            -3 credit hours of Statistics

     Clinical Exercise Physiology

-4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology

-3 credit hours of Exercise Prescription

-3 credit hours of Exercise Physiology

-3 credit hours of Statistics

4) Present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, if the applicant is from a non-English speaking country.  Minimum scores are 557 for the paper based exam or 83 for the internet based exam.  Exam scores must be <2 years old.

5) Demonstrate evidence of sufficient interest, ability, and preparation in Kinesiology to adequately profit from graduate study, as determined by the Kinesiology Graduate faculty. This information should be included in the statement of purpose and specifically speak to the following: a) strengths, b) concentration of interest, c) career aspirations, and d) research interests (if pursuing a thesis).

6) If pursuing a thesis (required for the APN concentration), applicants must have identified a thesis advisor before they will be admitted to the program.  Potential thesis advisors can be found on the Biodynamics Research Laboratory or Laboratory of Systems Physiology webpages.

Application Deadlines

Students can be admitted for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.  However, the nature of the MS in Kinesiology program is very sequential and therefore we do not recommend entering either concentration in the Spring term without first consulting the Graduate Program Director. 

The Summer and Fall application deadline for students interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship is February 1st.  After this deadline, admissions and awarding available Graduate Assistantships will be conducted on a rolling basis until the final application deadline of August 15th.

 

Financial Information

Tuition & Fees

Charges for tuition and fees vary according to the student's status as a resident or non-resident of North Carolina. A non-resident student pays a higher rate of tuition than a legal resident. For more details, see the heading for Residence Status for Tuition Purposes later in this section.  We strongly encourage all out-of-state students who enroll to immediately work towards earning North Carolina residency.  This process should be started immediately upon arrival in North Carolina.

Financial Aid:  Information on the following programs can be found under financial aid.

Graduate Financial Assistance Programs:  To be considered for these awards, students must be nominated by their academic department. Awards may consist of Tuition and Health Insurance Grants, Graduate Assistantships, and Fellowships/Scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships:  Graduate Assistantships are available in the Department of Kinesiology and throughout the university.  Graduate assistantships are typically awarded prior to enrollment but students interested in obtaining a graduate assistantship should contact the Graduate Program Director about availability and eligibility.

Graduate School Fellowships/Scholarships:  There are a number of fellowships that are administered by the Graduate School.  If you are interested in these fellowships, please contact the Graduate Program Director since individual graduate programs must determine student eligibility and submit nominations to the Graduate School.

Veterans Benefits

Children of Veterans

 

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