The University of Texas of the Permian Basin - 40 years UTPB

The basic master's degree requirements are the same for all Kinesiology graduate students at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Whether students take all of their courses online or combine online with on-campus and interactive video classes, their program requirements are the same. 

By providing a combination of traditional classes, live, interactive video classes, and (soon) entirely Web-based, classes, the Kinesiology faculty can more adequately meet the professional needs and aspirations of graduate students.

NOTE: If you plan to combine online courses with traditional courses and live, interactive video courses from U.T. Permian, you should refer to the graduate program degree requirements on the Kinesiology Home Page as there are additional courses available to you.

General Requirements for MS in Kinesiology
Core Course Requirements
Interest Areas
Elective Hours
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options


 

General Requirements for the 
Master of Science in Kinesiology degree

 Complete twelve credit hours of core course requirements (4 courses), 

 Complete at least nine credit hours in an interest area (3 courses), 

 Complete a master’s project or thesis, and

 Complete sufficient elective hours to total thirty-six (36) credit hours for the entire degree.

All online graduate courses are three credits unless indicated otherwise.  Course prefixes 

  • KINO and number given is the one used by the U.T. TeleCampus to identify the course.  
  • KINE and number in parenthesis is for U.T. Permian Basin 

The actual course prefix and number that you would register for will depend on which of the collaborative universities is actually offering the course that semester.


 

Core Course Requirements 

All students pursuing the Master of Science in Kinesiology are required to complete the following core of 12 semester credit hours:

  • KINO 6372 Research Methods (UTPB: KINE 6312)
  • KINO 6310 Exercise Physiology (UTPB: KINE 6360)
  • KINO 6320 Sport Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6320)
    or KINO 6323 Exercise Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6323)
  • KINO 6370 Introduction to Statistics (UTPB: KINE 6310)


 

Interest Areas 

In addition, a student will select one of the following three areas of interest and take at least nine semester hours of course work from that area.

I. Exercise Science

  • KINE 6363 Methods and Procedures for Coronary Heart Disease Risk Detection and Reduction
  • KINO 6310 Exercise Physiology (UTPB: KINE 6360)
  • KINO 6312 Training and Conditioning Methods (UTPB: KINE 6362)
  • KINO 6316 Applied Biomechanics (online from UT El Paso)
  • KINO 6326 Motor Learning & Controle (online from UT El Paso)
  • KINO 6380 Nutrition in Health and Disease (online from collaborative institutions)
  • KINO 6382 Sports Nutrition (online from collaborative institutions)

II. Psychology of Sport

  • KINO 6320 Sport Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6320)
  • KINO 6322 Applied Sport Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6322)
  • KINO 6323 Exercise Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6323)
  • KINO 6326 Motor Learning & Controle (online from UT El Paso)
  • KINO 6330 Sport and Society (UTPB: KINE 6340)

III. Teaching, Coaching, and Administration

  • KINE 6356 Women & Sport
  • KINO 6316 Applied Biomechanics (no UTPB equivalent)
  • KINO 6322 Applied Sport Psychology (UTPB: KINE 6322)
  • KINO 6326 Motor Learning & Control (online from UT El Paso)
  • KINO 6350 Curricular Innovations (UTPB: KINE 6381)
  • KINO 6353 Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Behavior (UTPB: KINE 6380)
  • KINO 6354 Early Childhood Physical Activity
  • KINO 6360 Administration of Physical Education and Athletics
    (UTPB: KINE 6382)


 

Elective Hours 

Any of the graduate courses offered through the U.T. TeleCampus as part of the collaborative online Master’s degree in Kinesiology may be taken for elective hours. For a complete list of online courses, click on "Course Offerings" then "Course Listing."

In addition to the courses listed above, the following courses are available for elective credit.

  • KINO 6326 Motor Learning and Control
  • KINO 6348 The U.S. Health System Origins and Functions
  • KINO 6346 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sport
  • KINO 6342 Ethics in Health and Kinesiology
  • KINO 6340 History and Philosophy
  • KINO 6354 Early Childhood Physical Activity
  • KINO 6356 Issues in Adapted Physical Activity
  • KINO 6380 Nutrition, Health, and Disease
  • KINO 6382 Sport Nutrition

With approval from a faculty advisor, an online graduate student may also enroll in Contract Study (KINE 6391) and Practicum (KINE 6392). These opportunities are typically available to advanced graduate students, and require the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

 

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options 

In addition to the various interest area choices, students may select either a thesis option or a non-thesis (project) option. Although there are differences between the two options, either option provides the student with an opportunity to work with a graduate faculty advisor to develop a proposal that describes what the student intends to do. The proposal is presented to and approved by the student’s Graduate Committee, and, once completed, defended by the student in an oral presentation.

I. Thesis Option. 

Students who select the thesis option will complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of course work plus a six-semester credit hour thesis (KINE 6399). The master’s thesis consists of research in the application of principles and theories of human movement to some problem of interest. The research is usually a laboratory or field experiment requiring the testing of hypotheses and the collection and analysis of data.

II. Non-Thesis Option. 

Students who select the non-thesis option will complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of course work plus a three-semester credit hour master’s project (KINE 6398). Projects can take many forms. While they may involve hypothesis testing and the collection and analysis of data, master’s projects are more likely to take the form of exploratory, field studies, secondary data analysis, and survey research. Acceptable projects also include such activities as the construction of physical education curriculum, the development of online instructional materials, and the design of employee wellness programs.

Both thesis and non-thesis options require completion of the core course requirements and at least nine (9) semester credit hours in one of the three emphasis areas.