The Master of Science in Kinesiology (MS-KIN) is designed to prepare highly knowledgeable and career-focused professionals for the dynamic and rapidly growing fields of exercise science, sport management, sport performance. The MS-KIN program develops graduates who integrate the current best research evidence with professional practice to solve relevant problems in the disciplines related to Kinesiology. Students collaborate with faculty and professional colleagues to improve outcomes in clients, patients, or business systems related to healthcare, sport, and fitness. Student will also gain advanced specialization and/or certification in a discipline of their choice through focused study in a concentration.
The MS-KIN is a 30 unit accelerated graduate program designed especially for young professionals and recent graduates of a four year baccalaureate degree program. The program has a common core and a concentration of 17 units. Upon completing the core, all students will choose from one of three areas of concentration: Exercise Science, Sport Performance, or Sport Management. Students who choose the Sport Management concentration may substitute up to 6 units from the Fermanian School of Business MBA courses for core requirements.
A fourth concentration in Integrative Wellness is a fully online track with 21 units of concentration course requirements and 9 units in the concentration electives.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completing the core curriculum of the MS-KIN, students will be able to:
- Appraise current research data in Kinesiology and integrate it into professional practice to solve relevant problems and make effective decisions.
- Work independently and with a team to persuasively communicate essential information in their discipline.
- Demonstrate appropriate breadth of knowledge of the background and principle research in their specialization in order to conduct an independent research project.
- Serve various populations, integrating compassionate care and the Christian faith with their professional practice.
- Pursue an active and growing involvement in their discipline by achieving advanced certification and/or membership in a related professional organization.
Upon completing an area of concentration, students are expected to attain the following outcomes:
- Incorporate current best evidence to make effective decisions about the optimal care of patients and clients.
- Apply knowledge of the metabolic and physiologic benefits of exercise toward creating effective exercise interventions to treat and prevent metabolic diseases.
- Work with a team of colleagues to perform common laboratory assessments to determine health, fitness, and disease states in a series of patients.
- Integrate clinical experience with the use of the current best evidence to make effective decisions about the optimal care of patients and clients.
- Develop and apply technical knowledge in sports performance and/or sports medicine through direct patient care and client interaction that improves health outcomes.
- Work with a team of colleagues to construct and present a critical appraisal of a current topic to enhance professional practice in sport performance.
- Demonstrate essential knowledge of basic management and prioritization principles in the business of sport.
- Work with a team of colleagues to construct and present an effective risk management plan and operating budget for a sport, fitness, or physical education setting.
- Develop technical knowledge, effective leadership, and decision-making skills while performing professional service (at least 100 hours) related to sport management.
Integrative Wellness (online program)
- Apply evidence-based coaching strategies and behavior change techniques to facilitate meaningful lifestyle changes and improved health outcomes
- Collaborate with colleagues in a wide variety of settings to provide an integrative and holistic approach to healthcare, health education, and health promotion
- Evaluate the influence of biopsychosocial factors on health, healing, and well-being to design lifestyle interventions to prevent and manage chronic diseases.
To be reviewed for acceptance into this program, the following must be in place:
- Completed application for admission to the PLNU Graduate programs and Master of Science in Kinesiology program, including a $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Personal essay that describes why the candidate desires to participate in the Master of Science in Kinesiology and outlines professional goals for the future
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, as evidenced on an official transcript with a posted degree.
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or higher.
- Two references (e.g., professors or employers )who have current knowledge of the applicant’s character, academic ability, and professional potential.
- Special Undergraduate course prerequisites:
- Exercise Science concentration - courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Physiology
- Sport Performance concentration - courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology and Structural Kinesiology/Biomechanics; BOC-Certified Athletic Trainers or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA) will be looked upon favorably for graduate assistantships.
- Sport Management - no prerequisite courses are required. However, students enrolling in courses in the Fermanian School of Business will need to meet any prerequisites for those courses.
- Integrative Wellness (online program) - no prerequisite courses are required. However, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health, wellness or fitness related program OR a non-health related baccalaureate degree and a reputable health, fitness, or wellness certification (or equivalent) and a minimum of three years of professional experience in the field of health, wellness, or fitness is required.
In order to earn and receive a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree, a student must satisfy all of the following:
- Successful completion of all core requirements, an area of concentration, and the project or thesis,
- A completed application for degree candidacy conveyed to the Office of Records,
- Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a degree processing fee, and
- All requirements completed within five years from the time of initial enrollment.
Core Courses for Exercise Science, Sports Management and Sports Performance
Exercise Science Concentration (17 units)
Sport Performance Concentration (17 units)
Sport Management Concentration (17 units)
Integrative Wellness Online Program (30 units)
Concentration Courses (21 units)
Concentration Electives (6-9 units)
Choose two courses from the following if choosing Capstone Project.
Choose three courses from the following if choosing Comprehensive Exam.
Culminating Experience (0-3 units)