May 13, 2021
The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology prepares students to (a) progress in a professional career in exercise and fitness, rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, physical education teaching, or community leadership; and (b) embark on further graduate study in a doctoral program in Kinesiology or a related discipline.
Admission to the Program
Graduate degree applicants must meet the University requirements for admission which include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. To be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in Kinesiology, applicants must also meet the following:
- Grade point average of at least 2.75 in last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) attempted
- Appropriate undergraduate preparation for desired specialization within the discipline of Kinesiology
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of goals for graduate study
- Submission of GRE general test scores
Requirements for the Degree (45 units)
A total of 45 units are required for graduation. This includes the common core (13 units), and an option (32 units). At least 29 units must be at the 500-level, and at least 29 units must be in Kinesiology. No more than 12 units of KIN 598, Graduate Directed Study, may be included. To develop the 45-unit course of study, each student consults with an assigned graduate adviser who must approve the courses selected. Approval of the student’s graduate adviser is a specific prerequisite for enrollment in KIN 599, Thesis or Project, and students must enroll in a total of 6 units to complete this course.
Common Core (13 units)
Complete the following:
Options (32 units)
Complete one of the following:
Option I: Exercise Science (32 units)
This Option prepares students for advanced professional positions in the fitness and rehabilitation exercise industries, and for advanced doctoral study.
Required Courses (24 units):
Select one of the following:
Option II: Physical Education Instruction (32 units)
This Option prepares students for advancement in professional positions involving teaching physical education in schools and other community settings, and for advanced doctoral study.
Required Courses (16 units):
Option III: Community Leadership (32 units)
This Option prepares students for advanced professional positions in physical activity programming for nonprofit, community, and government agencies; for general leadership positions in such agencies; and for advanced doctoral study.
Required Courses (16-24 units):
Required for students who did not complete a B.S degree in Kinesiology at Cal State L.A. with an option in community leadership (8 units):
Required for All Students (16 units):
Culminating Experience (0 or 6 units)
Students in all Options must complete one of the following: