Exercise Science (MS)

Apply Now Print PDF

The  Master  of  Science  (MS)  in  Exercise  Science  is  designed  to  help graduates gain a solid academic foundation, research capability, and necessary knowledge and experience in exercise science to help graduates to achieve their goals in the areas of health care practitioners, technical occupations and fitness fields. This program would develop professionals who can lead the work in exercise science and health-related fields to prevent and treat diseases including diabetes, obesity, hypertension that are becoming more common in the Hispanic community.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among natinal universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the UnitedStates or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
    • Personal  statement  detailing  professional  goals  and  reasons  for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Resume including educational background and work experience.
    • If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion but has a GPA of at least 2.5, a personal interview is required for consideration of conditional admission.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Murat Karabulut.

    Phone: (956) 882-7236

    Office: Brownsville Campus, VOTS 208

    E-Mail: murat.karabulut@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring and Summer I semesters.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 24
    KINE 5300: Lifespan Fitness and Human Performance 3
    KINE 5305: Nutrition and Human Performance 3
    KINE 5310: Applied Exercise Physiology 3
    KINE 5315: Action Research in Health and Human Performance 3
    KINE 5320: Motor Control and Learning 3
    EDCI 6367: Statistical Methods 3
    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education 3
    EDFR 6302/EPSY 6304: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development 3
     
    Electives 6-9
    Chosen from the following:
    KINE 5325: Special Topics in Health and Human Performance 3
    KINE 5330: Cultural and Social Aspects of Health 3
    KINE 5335: Supervision and Administration in Health and Human Performance 3
    KINE 5340: Activity and Exercise Prescription for Children with Special Needs 3
    KINE 6350: Motor Learning 3
     
    Capstone Requirement 3-6
    Thesis
    KINE 7300: Thesis I 3
    KINE 7301 Thesis II 3
    OR
    KINE 7320: Independent Study 3
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     

    Course Descriptions

    KINE 5300: Lifespan Fitness and Human Performance               [3‐0]

    A comprehensive understanding of health and human performance requires knowledge related to the dynamics of the developing and aging human body. This course will address the developmental factors that influence health, fitness and motor performance from prenatal growth through the geriatric years.

    KINE 5305: Nutrition and Human Performance              [3‐0]

    This course provides an in‐depth research‐ based examination of human nutrition and the roles it plays on physical performance from the recreational enthusiast to the elite athlete. Topics ranging from caloric balance to dietary supplements will be investigated.

    KINE 5310: Applied Exercise Physiology              [3‐0]

    This course is designed to provide in‐depth insight into the science of sports conditioning. Current research on training the adolescent and post‐adolescent athlete is given content priority. Laboratory experiences are included in this course.

    KINE 5315: Action Research in Health and Human Performance              [3‐0]

    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and practical experience for conducting action research in the health and human performance fields. These experiences will culminate in student research projects. This course serves as a capstone course and is to be enrolled in the semester prior to graduation.

    KINE 5320: Motor Control and Learning              [3‐0]

    This course provides an in depth study of the major concepts, theories and related research within the field of human motor control. Both neural and behavioral levels of analyses will be discussed. The course is relevant to those who wish to understand how we control our movements.

    KINE 5325: Special Topics in Health and Human Performance              [3‐0]

    This course will cover contemporary issues in the health and human performance fields. Topics will vary based upon faculty expertise and current trends in the field. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

    KINE 5330: Cultural and Social Aspects of Health              [3‐0]

    This course will provide students with an overview of social and cultural theories and models that are pertinent to the development and application of health education programs. Problem etiology and change strategy theories are investigated through application to specific health behavior topics among culturally distinct and marginalized groups.

    KINE 5335: Supervision and Administration in Health and Human Performance              [3‐0]

    This course covers the study of the principles, practices and policies in the organization, supervision and administration of health, human performance, athletic and other non‐ teaching related programs in the public schools and in diverse physical activity settings.

    KINE 5340: Activity and Exercise Prescription for Children with Special Needs              [3‐0]

    This course examines the etiology and pathology of selected high‐occurrence congenital disabilities in the pediatric population. Current medical research and curriculum interventions will be investigated.

    KINE 6350: Motor Learning              [3‐0]

    This course provides an in depth study of the major concepts, theories and related research within the field of motor learning. Both neural and behavioral levels of analyses will be discussed. The course content is relevant to those who wish to better understand how movement skills are learned and retained.

    KINE 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    This course guides the first semester thesis‐ seeking student thorough the process of writing of Chapters 1 ‐ 3 of the thesis. Students should only register for this course when they are ready to write up their research. The student must prepare and present a research proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the proposed study. Additionally the student will be required to present a thesis proposal to his/her committee by the end of the semester.

    KINE 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    This course is the summation semester the thesis‐seeking student will take. The purpose of EDCI 7301 is to collect and analyze the data for the thesis. The data results and discussion will be written in Chapters 4 ‐ 5 of the thesis. The course will conclude with the thesis defense to the candidate’s thesis committee, submittal of the successfully defended thesis to the Office of Graduate Studies.

    KINE 7320: Independent Study              [3‐0]

    Individual investigation of a problem in kinesiology that involves one of the techniques of research. Students will work under a designated faculty member and must have their research approved prior to registering.

    EDCI 6367: Statistical Methods              [3‐0]

    Content of this course includes central tendency; variance; normal, T, chi square, and F distributions; bivariate correlation and regression analysis, T test between means, goodness of fit and test of independence chi square; one‐way and factorial ANOVA. Emphasis is on hypothesis testing; Type I and II errors; and understanding statistical significance.

    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education              [3‐0]

    A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.

    EDFR 6302: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development              [3‐0]

    Advanced study in the specialization of life‐span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age. Crosslisted with EPSY 6304.

    Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school.

    EPSY 6304: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development              [3‐0]

    Advanced study in the specialization of life‐span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age. Crosslisted with EDFR 6302.

    Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school.