Kinesiology M.S.

Total Semester Credit Hours = 36

Kinesiology is the study of movement or exercise. The Master of Science Degree Program in Kinesiology provides advanced study of kinesiology with a core focus on exercise science. The program prepares for a broad range of careers related to exercise or provides foundation for subsequent doctoral study. This degree is also appropriate for clinicians, such as physical therapists and athletic trainers, who want to further their understanding of the science related to their areas of practice.

The curriculum leading to the M.S.-Kinesiology Degree may be completed entirely online or via a combination of face-to-face and online classes. In addition to completing the required course work, earning the M.S.-Kinesiology Degree requires satisfactory completion of a comprehensive exam in the latter part of the student’s program of study if the internship is selected.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester:  May 1 (priority deadline); August 1 (absolute deadline)

Spring semester:  November 1 (priority deadline); December 1 (absolute deadline)

Summer semester:  May 1 (absolute deadline)

Students applying for the New Graduate Student Fellowship (Fall or Spring) should have all application materials submitted before the priority deadline.

Admission Requirements

An individual interested in applying for admission to the M.S. Kinesiology program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology should be aware of information and procedures related to graduate studies in general at UT Tyler. In addition to procedures that must be followed to meet requirements of the UT Tyler Graduate School, an applicant must complete and submit the following documents: 

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions (

For full admission to the M.S. Kinesiology degree program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, ordinarily an applicant must: 

  1. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution in a field closely related to the mission of the intended master’s degree program.*
  2. Submit three strong letters of recommendation from individuals in professional positions who can validly comment on the applicant’s suitability for graduate studies in general and for studies in the intended field in particular.
  3. Have demonstrated academic achievement and potential as indicated by a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale for all upper-division undergraduate hours, acceptable GRE scores, or a combination of upper division grade point average and GRE score.
  4. Item 3 will be waived for applicants with graduate degrees from an accredited academic institution.
*Leveling courses may be required for applicants lacking adequate academic preparation.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology may limit the number of applicants admitted to a particular degree program for a given semester. Therefore, meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission. 

To discuss the application and admission processes related to the MS Kinesiology program, contact Dr. Scott Spier at 

Curriculum (36 semester credit hours)

Required core courses (18 hours)

HECC 5303Research Design

HECC 5317Biostatistics

KINE 5307Motor Learning

KINE 5313Exercise Physiology I

KINE 5315Exercise Physiology II

KINE 5335Biomechanics

Elective Courses (12 hours approved by adviser)

Thesis or Internship (6 hours)

HECC 5395Thesis I


HECC 5396Thesis II


HECC 5397Internship


HECC 5398Internship