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Exercise and Sport Psychology Curriculum

Thesis Option - 30 hours
Non-Thesis Option - 30 hours

Required courses for all students (15 hours)
KIN 501 Exercise Psychology - Provides an in-depth analysis of psychosocial factors related to preventive and rehabilitative exercise behavior.

KIN 502 Sport Psychology - Explores the psychological factors influencing participation patterns and performance in sport, and effects of sport upon psychological responses.

KIN 503 Sport Sociology - Provides an in-depth analysis of the interaction between physical activity and society including the social and cultural processes and institutions which influence, and are influenced by physical activity.

KIN 506 Rehab and Health Psychology - This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the psychological issues associated with injury and disease rehabilitation as well as the psychological issues related to health.

KIN 505 Psychology of Coaching* - The aim of this course is to broaden student's perspectives on different areas of coaching, and how research from the area of coaching psychology can improve ones' coaching.


KIN 507 Physical Activity Promotion* - This course is designed to explore practical and theory-based strategies for increasing physical activity participation and adherence among various populations.

Non-Thesis Option (15 hours)

KIN 522 Analysis of Teaching Behaviors In Sport and Physical Education - Selection and observation of appropriate teaching behaviors in sport and K-12 physical education.

KIN 527a  Action Research in Physical Education I - Introduces students to action research, a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice.

KIN 527b Action Research in Physical Education II - Introduces students to presenting action research, a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice.

Electives (6 hours)

Thesis Option (15 hours)

KIN 509 Research Methods in Kinesiology - Prepare students to read, understand, and evaluate research in the field of kinesiology.

SOC 518 Advanced Data Analysis - Data analysis methods used in quantitative social research including statistical analysis with SPSS and demographic techniques.  Descriptive and inferential statistics including multivariate techniques.  Prerequisite:  one course in statistics.

KIN 599 Thesis in Kinesiology - Students selecting thesis track must earn minimum of 3 credit hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

Electives (3 hours)

*Either KIN 505 or KIN 507 may be taken as an elective.

Exit Requirements

Thesis Option*** - The student will work with their advisor to organize a committee of three faculty members to supervise, monitor and successfully defend their thesis (6 credit hours). 

Non-Thesis Option- In the final semester non-thesis students will be required to complete a comprehensive project determined in close consultation with one's Graduate Advisor and other faculty as appropriate. The project is intended to develop greater breadth and depth of understanding of the field and the application of knowledge that will lead to the implementation or presentation of a plan to a profession, community group or an organization as approved by the program director. The project concludes when the student presents orally the findings related to his/her project and defends conclusions against questions raised by the faculty advisor. 

 *** Admission in to a graduate program in Kinesiology does not guarantee you the opportunity to complete a thesis. If you decide you want to complete a thesis you must do the following

  1. Meet in person with the professor(s) with whom you would like to work  to discuss your research interests
  2. Submit a letter of interest to the professor(s) with whom you would like to work. Please use this form to guide your letter
  3. Submit an example of your writing to the professor(s) with whom you would like to work

Faculty will choose thesis students based on a combination of the students potential for success,  a match in research interests between the faculty member and the student, and the faculty members availability.  

If you have further questions, please contact the coordinator for your program.

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exercise behavior
Dave Cluphf, Ed.D.,
1999, West Virginia University  
Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D.,
2009, University of North Dakota

Ben Webb, Ph.D.,
2014, The Pennsylvania State University
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