Kinesiology M.S., Concentration in Sport Studies
The Kinesiology Sport Studies graduate program focuses on preparing professionals in youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate programs and elite sport agencies to provide extraordinary sport experiences. Providing an understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledges and skills within the context of sport is essential in developing sport professionals at UNH. Our curriculum provides a framework of coursework, and the flexibility to focus preparation on careers in coaching or administration or additional graduate study in sport psychology. In addition, students have opportunities for applied experience and research with faculty. The graduate program in Kinesiology: Sport Studies engages students in learning experiences in the classroom, in applied settings, and in research. The focus on a theory-to-practice approach is infused throughout the curriculum with the goal that our students will be well prepared professionals as they enter the workforce or further graduate study.
Admission is based on undergraduate preparation, academic record, Graduate Record Examination general test scores, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must be above-average students and show adequate preparation in the basic support courses of the selected concentration area. Applicants who have not met specific course prerequisites should expect to take additional undergraduate work without receiving graduate credit.
M.S. Degree Requirements
Students may follow either the thesis or the nonthesis plan. All degree candidates will be required to take KIN 900, Applied Statistics; KIN 901, Analysis of Professional Literature; the designated concentration core; and electives as required.
Sport studies core: 880, Psychological Factors in Sport; one adviser approved KIN elective at the 800 or 900 level; one of either KIN 840, Athletic Administration or KIN 843, Sport Marketing.
Thesis plan: A minimum of 30 approved graduate credits including a thesis (24 graduate course credits plus 6 thesis credits) is required in the thesis plan plus an oral defense of the thesis.
Nonthesis plan: A minimum of eight approved graduate courses (with a minimum of 30 credits) is required in the nonthesis plan. Four credits of 895, Advanced Studies, are required. A student may take 895 only after completing at least three approved graduate courses including 901. Exercise science students who elect this plan must take 6 credits of 896, Advanced Research in Exercise Science. In addition, the exercise science student must orally defend his or her research.