Kinesiology (M.S.) 45 units
The Department of Kinesiology offers programs focusing on fundamental analysis of sport exercise and physical activity phenomena. The purpose of the Master of Science degree program is to give students a cross-disciplinary knowledge of kinesiology and develop their scholarly skills. The program serves as a terminal degree for professionals as well as preparation for those intending to complete a doctorate. Because most students are working professionals, graduate courses are offered during the evening hours.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with an M.S. in Kinesiology will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply perspectives from the humanities, and the social-, behavioral-, and life-sciences.
- Use disciplinary knowledge to design and implement innovative professional application.
- Characterize thought processes by the exploration of discipline-relevant issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating a perspective.
- Use contextually-grounded and compelling content to articulate physical activity issues in both oral and written form.
- Demonstrate professional dispositions - such as integrity, personal and cultural sensitivity, and collaboration - as well as commitment to social justice for physical activity participants when leading others in a kinesiology-relevant domain.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
Community College Teacher
Corporate Fitness Director
Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Coach
Physical Education Administrator
Physical Education Teacher
Sport Psychology Consultant
Faculty: Areas of Specialization
Matthew Atencio, Ph.D.: Sport sociology, sport philosophy, research methodologies, physical education pedagogy, educational theory
Rebecca Beal, Ed.D: Sport philosophy, sport sociology
Paul Carpenter, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, endurance sport
Catherine Inouye, Ed.D.: Exercise physiology, exercise nutrition
Rita Liberti, Ph.D.: Sport sociology, sport history
Penny McCullagh, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, motor learning, development, observational learning
Za’Nean D. McClain, Ph.D.: Sport pedagogy
My Phung (Jenny) O, Ph.D.: Enhancing optimal performance, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control
Jennifer Sherwood, Ph.D.: Effects of exercise on cognitive performance
Jeffery P. Simons, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, lifetime physical activity participation, motor learning and control
Missy Wright, Ph.D.: Sport and exercise psychology, measurement and evaluation
Vanessa Yingling, Ph.D.: Biomechanics, bone physiology and mechanics
Upon acceptance into the program, students are immediately directed to a faculty member who will assist them in developing a course of study. Emphasis areas include, but are not limited to, exercise physiology, psychology of physical activity, teaching and coaching, socio-cultural influences on physical activity.
The department offers a complete range of laboratory facilities and technologies for graduate students. These resources enable comprehensive research opportunities in all areas of study. Motion analysis software, ventilatory gas analysis, biofeedback, coincidence timing, nutritional analysis, bone scanner, body composition analysis and computer statistical packages are examples of available tools.
Other features include the potential for individualized programs of study to meet specific interests and needs, extensive library resources, and an instructional format which stimulates high interaction among students and promotes independent scholarship.
Admission to the Program in “Classified Graduate” Status
Eligibility for admission to the M.S. degree program in “Classified Graduate” status requires a student to have a baccalaureate degree with a major approximately equivalent to the Cal State East Bay B.S. degree in kinesiology. The graduate coordinator or department chair will determine degree equivalencies. Students must also have attained at least a 3.00 grade point average in the major and have satisfied the University Writing Skills requirement.
The department encourages students to meet university prescribed deadlines for admission into the program beginning in the fall quarter, although the department is willing to accept graduate students into the program during winter and spring quarters.
“Conditionally Classified Graduate” Status
Students who are judged to be admissible, but who do not meet all of the admission requirements specified above for “Classified Graduate” status, receive “Conditionally Classified Graduate” standing. Such students may need to complete certain undergraduate prerequisites in preparation for graduate study and/or may have other deficiencies, such as the University Writing Skills requirement, that must be resolved within the first two quarters of enrollment. Each student will be judged on an individual basis. The department may require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Aptitude Test Score, three letters of recommendation from former professors, written essay, and/or the repeat of undergraduate coursework in the case of below-standard grade point averages.
Generally, courses taken to resolve deficiencies will not count for credit in the M.S. program. In no case will more than 13 quarter units taken in “Unclassified Post-baccalaureate” standing or at another university be counted toward the M.S. degree.
Advancement to Candidacy
“Classified Graduate” students are eligible for Advancement to Candidacy based on the criteria given below.
Maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate work completed.
Complete KIN 6000 at the first opportunity and no later than the first three quarters in the program.
Submit to the graduate coordinator an approved program of study developed in conjunction with the appropriate faculty committee.
Have passed the Writing Skills requirement or equivalency.
In the absence of an appropriate undergraduate degree, prerequisite coursework must be completed. Generally, courses taken to resolve deficiencies will not count for credit in the M.S. program. Preparatory work for students with undergraduate degrees in other fields is described below. Note: these courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher in each course, prior to enrollment in any graduate class.
The Master of Science degree will be awarded when the general requirements listed below have been successfully completed:
Completion of a minimum of 45 quarter units of approved upper division and graduate courses
A minimum grade point average of 3.00
Completion of a Culminating Experience (specific requirements for the Culminating Experience Project are described in the Graduate Handbook).
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog. These requirements include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five-year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661
Curricular Requirements (45-50 units)
Note: Maximum of a combined five (5) units of KIN 6850 and KIN 6900 may be used to meet the 45 minimum unit requirement. These courses are restricted to those students who are working closely with a faculty advisor who has deemed the student suitable for this type of independent scholarly work. Additional courses may be selected in consultation with the academic advisor.
Prerequisite Courses (35-37 units)
Generally, courses taken to resolve deficiencies will not count for credit in the M.S. program. These courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher in each course, prior to enrollment in any graduate class.
Note: Waiver of one or more of these requirements will be considered if comparable coursework has been completed, or if the student has strong compensating academic strengths in areas related to the graduate program (a degree in Physical Therapy, for example). All requests for such waivers and their justification must be approved by academic advisor and submitted in writing to the graduate coordinator.
Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, will develop an academic program of study selected from the following elective courses for a total of 24 units:
All students will meet with their faculty advisors to determine which of the Culminating Experience options best meets their goals. Specific requirements for the Culminating Experience Project are described in the Graduate Handbook.