Master of Science: Kinesiology
Course requirements for the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology include a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of graduate work plus any undergraduate courses deemed necessary to correct deficiencies in the student's background. This degree program is designed to prepare professionals for leadership roles as physical educators or exercise specialists. This degree program prepares students for advanced graduate work or careers in the following emphasis areas: exercise science or physical education. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
These degree program emphases provide concentrations of graduate level courses which are designed to facilitate preparation for attainment of professional certifications in kinesiology fields. These include: American College of Sports Medicine certifications (certified clinical exercise physiologist and certified exercise physiologist); National Strength and Conditioning Association certifications (certified strength and conditioning specialists), and state of Mississippi AA teacher licensure for physical education.
Requirements for Kinesiology: Exercise Science Emphasis
This emphasis is specifically designed to prepare students as exercise physiologists, clinical exercise specialists, or strength and conditioning specialists. Career opportunities for the student choosing the exercise science emphasis exist in hospital, corporate, university, and wellness facilities.
Laboratories, Field Experiences, Internships, Practica
The exercise science emphasis offers several laboratory experiences designed to enhance the student's knowledge of metabolic testing, electrocardiography, graded exercise testing, exercise prescription, and blood collection/analysis. Courses with laboratory content include KIN 601 and KIN 602 . Each student may also enroll in six (6) hours of KIN 696 - Practicum . KIN 696 provides the master's level student with opportunities for practical application of relevant theories in professional field setting.
Special Program Requirements
Students wishing to select the exercise science emphasis must have completed a baccalaureate degree in exercise science (or a related field), one course from either chemistry or biology, and additional undergraduate work in physiology and nutrition. Students desiring teacher licensure are responsible for verifying that the program of study meets the desired state's licensure requirements.
A comprehensive exam is required for all master's students and must be passed before proceeding to graduation. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.