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The University of Texas Permian Basin Kinesiology Graduate program is designed to expand advanced concepts, research, and theories related to the science of human movement. The program design guides students to use research to improve professional competencies as physical educators, coaches, athletes, sport administrators, fitness program directors, and other occupations.

Graduate students have an opportunity to focus on one of three interest areas within the discipline of Kinesiology: exercise science, psychology of exercise and sport, or teaching, coaching, and administration. 

Graduate Kinesiology Program Admission Requirements

Option 1
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GRE Scores
  • GRADUATE ADMISSIONS EQUATION: A GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree OR Score a 1600 or better on the graduate admissions equation:

                                            (GPA X 225) + (GRE total X 3.06)

Option 2
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Successfully completed a previous Master Degree

Conditional Admission

  • If a student has a GPA below a 3.0 but not lower than a 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree, entrance into the Kinesiology Program is based upon entrance scores generated from the following formula:

                                            (GPA X 225) + (GRE total X 3.06)

In the equation, GPA equates to 42% of the Decision making process while the GRE score equates to 58% of Decision the Decision making process.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GRE Scores
  • Graduate Admission Equation: Score a 1400 or better (This entrance score equates to a CGPA of 2.5 and GRE score of 275)

If the student is conditionally admitted, the student must earn a "B" grade or better in each course of his/her first 12 hours of course work of which the first 6 hours of course work should include KINE 6310 Statistics and KINE 6360 Advanced Exercise Physiology.

Careers for Kinesiology Majors:

  • Students are required to complete 36 semester credit hours.
  • Students must select one of the following areas of interest: Exercise Science, Psychology of Exercise and Sport, or Teaching, Coaching and Administration.

Thesis Options

In addition to the various interest-area choices, students may select either a thesis option or a non-thesis (project) option. Although there are differences between the two options, either option provides the student with an opportunity to work with a graduate faculty advisor to develop a proposal.

  • Thesis Option – Students who select the thesis option will complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of course work plus a six-semester credit hour The master's thesis consists of research in the application of principles and theories of human movement to some problem of interest. The research is usually a laboratory or field experiment requiring the testing of hypotheses and the collection and analysis of data. 
  • Non-Thesis Option – Students who select the non-thesis option will complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of course work plus a three-semester credit hour research project. Projects can take many forms. While they may involve hypothesis testing and the collection and analysis of data, master's projects are more likely to take the form of exploratory, field studies, secondary data analysis, and survey research. Acceptable projects also include such activities as the construction of physical education curriculum, the development of online instructional materials, and the design of employee wellness programs. 

Both thesis and non-thesis options require completion of the core course requirements and at least nine semester credit hours in one of the three emphasis areas. 

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