Master of Science in Kinesiology

CAAHEP Accredited MS Kinesiology CEP Track Outcomes Data

Graduating Cohort

# Students in CEP

Graduation Rate %

% Scored Exceptional Practicum Experience

CEP Passing Rate (2019 1st yr administered)

2019

11

82%

100%

83%

2018

13

77%

100%

70% (RCEP)

2017

15

100%

100%

-

2016

16

83%

100%

-

2015

14

93%

100%

-

 

 


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

 

Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in applying to our M.S. in Kinesiology program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website to begin the application process: https://graduateschool.uncc.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions

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. Possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all college coursework.
  2. 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 (listed below)
  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. The Statement of Purpose should include 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 AP concentration), applicants must have identified a thesis advisor before they will be admitted to the program.  Potential thesis advisors can be found on the Laboratory of Systems Physiology webpages.

Pre-requisite courses

1. Applied Physiology Concentration

  • 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

2. Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration

  • 4 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3 credit hours of Exercise Physiology
  • 3 credit hours of Exercise Testing or Prescription
  • 3 credit hours of Statistics

Application Deadlines

Students can be admitted for Fall and Spring 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 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.


The M.S. Kinesiology Early-Entry Program

*For students currently enrolled in the Exercise Science Program at UNC Charlotte only*

The Early-Entry Program is for exceptional undergraduates within the Exercise Science Program at UNC Charlotte. It is designed for students who would like to begin their graduate studies before completing their baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science and will result in completion of all requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees in only five academic years. 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. 

For program eligibility, students should consult with the M.S. Kinesiology Graduate Program Director and the B.S. Exercise Science Undergraduate Program Coordinator.  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. Demonstrate evidence of sufficient interest, ability, and preparation in Kinesiology to adequately profit from graduate study, as determined by the Kinesiology Graduate faculty. The Statement of Purpose should include a) strengths, b) concentration of interest, c) career aspirations, and d) research interests (if pursuing a thesis).
  5. If pursuing a thesis (required for the AP concentration), applicants must have identified a thesis advisor before they will be admitted to the program.  Potential thesis advisors can be found on the Laboratory of Systems Physiology webpages.

Upon acceptance into the program, Early Entry students must submit an Early-Entry Program Form and have it approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator, the Graduate Program Director, and the Graduate School.  Failure to obtain approvals prior to the first day of class negates a student’s ability to “double-count” courses in an accelerated Early Entry program.

Financial Information

Graduate and Tuition Fee Rates can be found here.

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 Residency Determination Service (RDS) for the Residency for Tuition Purposes. 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.

Funding for Graduate Education can be found here.  There are a variety of tuition support services including graduate assistantships , fellowships and financial aid.  Please contact The Graduate Program Director for graduate assistantship opportunities within the Department of Kinesiology.


Degree Requirements

The MS in Kinesiology program adheres to the 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. 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. 

Core Courses for Both Concentrations (12 hours)
KNES 6115     Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)
KNES 5232     Physiology of Human Aging (3)
KNES 6280     Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
KNES 6285     Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
Applied Physiology Concentration-Specific Courses (15 hours)
STAT 6127     Biostastistics (3) or RSCH 6110 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics (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 Elective Courses (9 hours)

Clinical Exercise Physiology Elective Courses (6 hours)

Progression of Classes

Suggested Sequence for AP Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

1st year

KNES 5232 - Phys. of Aging (3)  KNES 6115 - Res Methods (3)  Elective - advisor approval required (3)

  KNES 6800 - Independent Study (3)
  KNES 6280 - Adv. Ex Physiol (3)
  KNES 6170 - Neuromechanics of Gait     &       Posture (3)
Hrs

9

18

2nd year

STAT 6127 - Intro to Biostatistics
(3)
  OR  
RSCH 6110- Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
Elective (3)
KNES 6900 - Thesis (3)
KNES 6285 - Adv. Cardiopulm Physiol (3)
KNES 6900 - Thesis (3)
Elective - advisor approval required (3)
Hrs

29

36 (program complete)

 

Suggested Sequence for Early Entry AP Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

1st year

KNES 5232 - Phys. of Aging (3)
KNES 6115 - Res Methods (3)
Elective 1- advisor approval required (3)
UG: KNES 4121, KNEs 4286, KNES 4293
KNES 6280 - Adv. Ex Physiol (3)
KNES 6170 - Neuromechanics of Gait & Posture (3)
Elective 2- advisor approval required (3) OR
KNES 6800 1- Independent Study (3)
UG: KNES 4132
Hrs

9 (Grad)

18

2nd year

STAT 6127 - Intro to Biostatistics (3)  OR
RSCH 6110- Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
KNES 6800 2- Independent Study (3) OR
Elective 3- advisor approval required (3)
KNES 6900 - Thesis (3)
KNES 6285 - Adv. Cardiopulm Physiol (3)
KNES 6900 - Thesis (3)
Elective - advisor approval required (3) (if needed)
KNES 6800 2- Independent Study (3) (if did not take in 1st yr)
Hrs

27

36 (program complete)

 

Sequence for CEP Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

1st year

KNES 6120 – Advs. in CEP (3)
KNES 6115 – Res Methods (3)
Elective 1 (3)
KNES 6134 – Ex Rx Card Met D (3)
KNES 6280 – Adv. Ex Physiol (3)
KNES 6151 – Ex Test Methods (3)
KNES 6292 – Ex Rx Muscu Dis (3)
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum 1 (1)
Hrs

9

18

22

2nd year

KNES 6121 –Clin Prac Ex Ph (3)
KNES 5232 – Phys. of Aging (3)
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum 2 (1)
KNES 6285 – Adv. Card Physiol (3)
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum (1)
Elective 2 OR
KNES 6900–Thesis (3)*

 

Hrs

29

36 (program complete)

 

 

Sequence for Early Entry CEP Concentration

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

1st year

KNES 6120 – Advs. in CEP (3)
KNES 6115 – Res Methods (3)
UG: KNES 4121, KNES 4286, KNES 4293
KNES 6134 – Ex Rx Card Met D (3)
KNES 6280 – Adv. Ex Physiol (3)
KNES 6151 – Ex Test Methods (3)
UG: KNES 4132
KNES 6292 – Ex Rx Muscu Dis (3)
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum 1 (1)
Hrs

9 (Grad)

18 (Grad)

22

2nd year

KNES 6121 –Clin Prac Ex Ph (3)
KNES 5232 – Phys. of Aging (3)
Elective 1
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum 2 (1)
KNES 6285 – Adv. Card Physiol (3)
KNES 6490 – Adv. Practicum 3 (1)
Elective 2  OR
KNES 6900–Thesis (3)*

 

Hrs

29

36 (program complete)

 

*  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.

Practicum Experience

The MS in Kinesiology has a large clinical component. The faculty of Kinesiology believes strongly that an appropriate educational experience, especially one that purports to train clinical practitioners, should have a large clinical component. In addition, the 600h practicum experience is required for CAAHEP Accreditation. Fulfilling this requirement will mean that you will experience at least 600 clinical hours in a variety of different areas where Clinical Exercise Physiologists practice within the Charlotte region. The clinical experience is delivered in 200 hour segments, with the student receiving a one-academic credit for each segment.  These one-hour courses are titled “Practicum” courses and the student is required to take at least three before they are allowed to graduate. 

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for the degree must pass a comprehensive examination as outlined by the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte.

CEP concentration

A student selecting the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration will have two attempts to pass the comprehensive examination.  The student will have one attempt to pass the Clinical Exercise Physiologist examination (CEP), administered by the American College of Sports Medicine.  The application is submitted during the student’s last semester before graduation. The exam costs ~ $279 for ACSM members and ~ $349 for non-members. There will be a designated week for everyone to take the CEP which is typically the week after Spring Break.  Information for the ACSM-CEP.  If the student does not pass the CEP then their second attempt will be the scheduled faculty-driven comprehensive examination. If the CEP-tack student is also doing work for a thesis, then the student may present credit for at least 3 credit hours of KNES 6900 and pass a thesis defense.

AP Concentration

 A student selecting the Applied Physiology concentration must present credit for at least 6 credit hours of KNES 6900 and pass a thesis defense. Work on the Research Thesis begins in the student’s first semester and will culminate in a thesis defense during their final semester of enrollment.