The Department of Kinesiology offers the Master of Arts degree with coursework in the following:

  • sport management (Class A Sport Manager certification)
  • sport administration
  • exercise science
  • general studies in kinesiology
  • sport pedagogy (traditional Class A and Alternative Class A certification in physical education)

There are admission requirements specific to the department in addition to those in the Graduate Catalogs on Admission Criteria. Please pay special attention to the Degree Requirements section of this catalog for important information on transfer of course work, time limits, plan of study, admission to candidacy, etc.


For the College of Education, note the sections on General AdmissionMaster’s, Professional Certification, and Doctoral earlier in this catalog. 

Physical Education, Traditional Class A Certification

For admission, applicants must hold appropriate prior certification in physical education (P-12) or the approved equivalent.

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Required course:
KIN 510Tchg & Supervg Elem PE3
Foundations of Professional Studies:
KIN 691Res Sociology Human Perf3
Select ONE course from these SDE approved diversity courses:3
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Multicultural Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research:
(Select ONE of these educational research courses.)3
Techniques of Research
Evaluation in Phys Education
Statistical Methods In Educ
Practicum:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience3
Teaching Field:
KIN 512PE Curriculum3
Three advisor approved 500-600 level courses in Kinesiology Studies9
Technology:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Additional Requirements:
Thesis6
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours36-39

Physical Education, Alternative Class A Certification

In addition to meeting admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must complete specified undergraduate prerequisite courses.

For admission to the Alternative Class A (non-traditional) program in physical education (sport pedagogy), applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Transcript evaluation: Applicants should contact the Office of Student Services & Certification for a transcript evaluation to determine prerequisite courses and other requirements.
  • Degree requirement: An appropriate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 OR a master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
  • Assessment of basic skills: Applicants must meet current basic skills requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). Effective September 1, 2017, passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests of mathematics, reading and writing are required (or passing scores on all components of the previously accepted Basic Skills assessment before 9/1/17). Information about the Praxis Core tests is available online at https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed or in the Office of Student Services & Certification (104 Carmichael Hall).
  • Teaching Field: Applicants must have an academic content major (or the equivalent) in the teaching field. The transcript evaluation will determine if an applicant meets the teaching field requirement.
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C, and earn passing scores on a comprehensive exam and the appropriate Praxis subject assessment(s).

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
KIN 510Tchg & Supervg Elem PE3
KIN 512PE Curriculum3
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Technology:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
KIN 566 is required if KIN 366 was not taken prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Literacy:
CRD 512 is required if CRD 350 was not taken prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Teaching Field:
KIN 595Workshop Physical Education6
KIN 590Sports/Dance Workshop6
Full-time Internship:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience6
EDU 500Internship Seminar1
Special Education Coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Total Hours31-40

Sport Management, Class A Certification

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School and the College of Education, applicants pursuing Class A Sport Manager certification must hold appropriate prior certification in a teaching field.

Effective July 1, 2017, two full years of full-time, acceptable professional educational work experience are required for admission to Class A instructional support programs, including Class A Sport Management.

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this area of study. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Professional Foundations:
Select ONE course from these SDE approved diversity courses:3
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Multicultural Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Instructional Support Area:
KIN 500Sociology of Sport3
KIN 506Techniques of Research3
KIN 552Legal Issues in Sport3
KIN 553Sport Facility and Event Management3
KIN 555Sport Finance3
KIN 562Admin Sports Programs3
KIN 588Marketing and the Media3
Internship/Practicum:
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience3
KIN 551Sport Management Internship3
Additional Requirements:
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Exercise Science (non-certification)

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed (or a thesis completed in lieu of a comprehensive exam).

Hours
Required Courses:
KIN 506Techniques of Research3
KIN 507Lab Techniques Phys Education3
KIN 592Physiology of Exercise3
KIN 593Adv Fit Test Ex Prescript3
KIN 690 or Exercise Health Disease3
KIN 566 Evaluation in Phys Education
Choose ONE of the following three courses:3
Statistical Methods In Educ
Biostatistics
Stat Methods In Res I
Total Hours18

Select Emphasis 1 OR Emphasis 2. (12 hours)

Hours
Emphasis 1: Research (12 hours)
Choose 3 courses (with thesis) or 4 courses (no thesis) from the following. (Note that each of these has a prerequisite.)
Independent Study
Non-Thesis Research
Thesis Research
Sem Exercise Physiology
Human Physiology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Basic Epidemiology
Emphasis 2: Adult Fitness (12 hours)
Choose 3 courses (with thesis) or 4 courses (no thesis) from the following:
Lab & Field Experience
Independent Study
Non-Thesis Research
Thesis Research
Sem Exercise Physiology
Human Physiology
Basic Epidemiology
Theories of Health Behavior
Health Promotion Techniques
Metabolism of Energy Nutrients

General Studies in Kinesiology (non-certification)

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed (or a thesis completed in lieu of a comprehensive exam).

Hours
Required course:
KIN 506Techniques of Research3
Kinesiology courses: (Choose from the following courses.)21
Exercise Science Courses:
Lab Techniques Phys Education
Physiology of Exercise
Adv Fit Test Ex Prescript
Exercise Health Disease
Sem Exercise Physiology (1)
Sem Exercise Physiology (2)
Sport Management Courses:
Sport Finance
Admin Sports Programs
Marketing and the Media
Sport Pedagogy Courses:
Perceptual Motor Development
Tchg & Supervg Elem PE
PE Curriculum
Adv Adapted Phys Ed.
Res Phys Ed Teach Education
Analy Res Teach Phys Ed
System Oberv Phys Educ
Instrct Design PE High Ed
Res Sociology Human Perf
General Courses:
Evaluation in Phys Education
Sociology of Sport
Thesis
KIN 599Thesis Research6
Optional Work (6 hours):
Complete an additional 6 hours of graduate level work either inside or outside the Department of Kinesiology. Courses chosen outside the Department of Kinesiology must support the student's main academic interest.
Total Hours30

​Sport Administration (non-certification)

Coursework is designed to be completed within three to five semesters (12-18 months). Full-time students normally complete the coursework in three consecutive semesters (e.g. fall, spring, & summer). In selected situations, students can take two academic calendar years to complete, which may coincide with graduate assistantship positions in the Athletics Department and University Recreation. Courses are offered through the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and the program is designed to be accessible to students who work full-time, with the classes being conveniently offered in the evening.

Hours
Required Courses
KIN 500Sociology of Sport3
KIN 506Techniques of Research3
KIN 552Legal Issues in Sport3
KIN 553Sport Facility and Event Management3
KIN 555Sport Finance3
KIN 562Admin Sports Programs3
KIN 585Lab & Field Experience3
KIN 588Marketing and the Media3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Electives6
With the prior approval of the program coordinator or advisor, students can take 6 credit hours of elective classes relevant to their individual educational and career goals.
With the approval of the program coordinator, a thesis option is available.
Capstone Project
Upon completion of at least 21+ credit hours, students must complete a Capstone Project in Sport Administration.
Total Hours30

Capstone Project

Upon completion of at least 21+ credit hours, the graduate student must complete a Capstone Project in Sport Administration.

Purposes of Capstone Project:

  • Documentation of professional development and scholarly achievement in sport administration
  • Requires student to consider professional career goals in sport administration and to clearly document evidence of professional growth
  • Provides student, as well as faculty and potential employer(s), with a unique tool for assessing what the student has gained through the MA in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on sport administration.

Prerequisites include:

  • Completion of 21+ hours of coursework in sport administration
  • Documentation of a minimum of 150 practicum/internship hours in the sports industry

Specifications and Requirements for the Capstone Project:

  • Professional Résumé/Vita, Summary of Qualifications, and References
  • Overview of Practicum/Internship Experiences in Sport Administration
  • Scholarly Endeavors
    • Class Term Papers
    • Literature Reviews
    • Research Projects
    • Book Reviews
    • Scholarly Articles Reviews
    • Individual/Small-group PowerPoint Presentations

Submission Guidelines for Capstone Project:

  • Three (3) copies of Capstone Project in 3 ring binder
  • Submission Deadline
    • November 15th (December graduation)
    • March 15th (May graduation)
    • July 15th (August graduation)