COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

The Department of Kinesiology – Graduate Programs

Master of Science (M.S.) Kinesiology

Louisiana Tech University offers the M.S. in Kinesiology with concentrations in Administration of Sport and Physical Activity or Sports Performance.

  • Administration of Sport and Physical Activity

    The Administration of Sports and Exercise concentration is designed for students whose primary interest lies in leadership positions in sport or physical activity. This concentration is appropriate for students with an interest in managing a fitness facility or sports club or those with a teaching certification who wish to pursue an administrative position such as athletic director or school administrator. This concentration has a 9-hour core, 6-hour Foundational courses, 9-hour Specialization courses, 3-6 hours of research/internship, and 6-9 hours of approved electives for a total of 36 required hours.

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  • Sports Performance

    The Sports Performance concentration is designed for individuals whose primary interest lies in improving sports performance from biomechanical, physiological, and psychological perspective. This concentration is appropriate for students who have a desire to work in athletic training, strength & conditioning, coaching, or other sports performance related fields.  This concentration has a 9-hour core, 6-hour Foundational courses, 9-hour Specialization courses, 3-6 hours of research/internship, and 6-9 hours of approved electives for a total of 36 required hours.

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Program Admission

Students seeking admission to the M.S. degree program in Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University must meet the guidelines established for admission by the College of Education and the Louisiana Tech Graduate School. Students must meet all requirements for UNCONDITIONAL admission to be admitted into the M.S. degree program in the Department of Kinesiology.

Students meeting the requirements for conditional admission may enroll in graduate coursework as part of the Graduate Life Long Learning (LLL) program in the College of Education. This program is a non-degree seeking program; thus, students are responsible for checking and following policies regarding loans, scholarships, or other requirements that may affect their standing. Any coursework taken as a graduate LLL student is subject to review and must be approved for use in a student’s Graduate Plan of Study for a master’s degree in Kinesiology.

Check with the College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office (318.257.3229) for questions about the graduate LLL program or with the Department of Kinesiology’s graduate advisor (318.257.4432) for questions about the M.S. degree program in Kinesiology.

Admission standards

Unconditional Admission

  • Undergraduate Degree – KINE or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA – 2.50 all courses or 2.75 last 60 hours
  • GRE Score – 287 or greater and Neither score ≤ 142
  • UG leveling coursework – No
  • MS degree seeking – Yes
  • MS hours – 36 hours
  • Cumulative graduate GPA – At least 3.0

Unconditional Admission

  • Undergraduate Degree – Not KINE or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA – 2.50 all courses or 2.75 last 60 hours
  • GRE Score – 287 or greater and Neither score ≤ 142
  • UG leveling coursework – Yes; 9 hours with at least 3.0 GPA
  • MS degree seeking – Yes
  • MS hours – 36 hours
  • Cumulative graduate GPA – At least 3.0

Life-Long Learning Admission

  • Undergraduate Degree – KINE or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA – 2.25 all courses or 2.50 last 60 hours
  • GRE Score – Not required
  • UG leveling coursework – No
  • MS degree seeking – No
  • MS hours – Not applicable*
  • Cumulative graduate GPA – At least 3.0

Life-Long Learning Admission

  • Undergraduate Degree – Not KINE or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA – 2.25 all courses or 2.50 last 60 hours
  • GRE Score – Not required
  • UG leveling coursework – Yes; 9 hours with at least 3.0 GPA
  • MS degree seeking – No
  • MS hours – Not applicable*
  • Cumulative graduate GPA – At least 3.0

KINE = kinesiology; GPA = grade point average; GRE = graduate records exam; MS = masters of science

* = Students in Life-Long Learning (LLL) may apply for a graduate degree program after completing a minimum of 9 hrs of graduate courses with at least a 3.0 GPA or better by completing a Graduate School application and by meeting the admission requirements for that specific program including the GRE. After admission to a graduate degree program, students may file a written request that up to a maximum of 12 total semester hours of graduate credit earned under LLL be applied to their graduate degree program Plan of Study by special permission of the College of Education’s Graduate Studies Office and Graduate Advisor assigned to the student’s degree program. These courses will be specifically identified on the Plan of Study.

For those in LLL, failure to achieve a quarterly & cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or better will result in the student being dropped from graduate status to post-baccalaureate status. The student will be required to appeal his/her dismissal from the graduate program through the appropriate individual(s) in his/her college to the Graduate Council to be reinstated to graduate status.

Program Requirements

The requirements for completing the M.S. in Kinesiology have been designed to provide students with general professional knowledge and skills related to their chosen area of study.

Specific requirements are:

  • Completion of all coursework listed on the Plan of Study with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Satisfactory performance on either an internship, thesis, or directed research project.
  • Satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination.
  • Registration for graduation by the designated University deadline.
Leveling Coursework

Any student accepted “unconditionally” to the graduate program in Kinesiology or enrolled in the “life-long learning” program at Louisiana Tech University who does not have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or related field (i.e., Health and Human Performance, Exercise Science, or Health and Physical Education) will be required to take 9 hours of undergraduate leveling coursework from the list below and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The student, in conjunction with the graduate advisor, will select the courses that best fit with their desired graduate degree concentration.

Exercise Science

Select three hours (one course) from:

  • KINE 326 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • KINE 333 Motor Learning
  • KINE 408 Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 423 Biomechanics

Psychosocial Science

Select three hours (one course) from:

  • KINE 316 Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • KINE 420 Sports and Society

Applied Science

Select three hours (one course) from:

  • KINE 407 Exercise Prescription
  • KINE 410 Designing, Building, and Maintenance of Sport and Physical Fitness Facilities
  • KINE 414 Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity
  • KINE 416 Adult Fitness Programming
  • KINE 418 Strength and Conditioning for Improved Performance
Graduate Internship

The graduate internship allows students the opportunity to use the knowledge, skills, and dispositions learned in the classroom in an applied environment of their choosing. The consent of internship supervisor is necessary. The internship requires 220 clock hours in practical experiences in approved programs with department approved supervisor. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with practical experience in relating theory to practice in a setting under close supervision from professionals and the University.

Student Forms are on student’s Moodle page under KINE 515 (Internship)

Supervisor Forms

  • Third Week Report – Feedback report to be filled out by the internship supervisor every third week as incremental feedback on student performance.
  • Final Report – Final report to be filled out by the internship supervisor as final feedback on student performance.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships

With the purposes of supporting graduate education and recruiting talented graduate students, the Department of Kinesiology offers a limited number of graduate assistant positions each year. The number of positions available are dependent on available funding each academic year. As a result, teaching assistant positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Neither admission to the Graduate School nor enrollment in a Master’s program in the Department of Kinesiology guarantee selection.

Position

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Nine-month appointment begins Sept. 1.

Responsibilities

Activities required of all GTAs include teaching two (2) undergraduate courses per quarter, maintaining 10 office hours, and attending annual GTA meeting.

Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field. Successful candidates must be accepted unconditionally to the graduate school, maintain a GPA ≥ 3.0, and have the ability to teach a variety of undergraduate activity classes.

Financial Support/Stipend

GTAs earn $8000/9 months ($888.88/month) to teach 2 classes/quarter and receive out-of-state tuition waived.

The Department of Kinesiology is housed at the Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym and has three lab spaces. The Sports Movement Science Lab is the latest edition added to the facility for teaching and research. The Department offers the Master of Science degree with concentrations in Administration of Sport & Physical Activity and Sports Performance.

Application Process

All GTAs must be admitted unconditionally to the Graduate School at Louisiana Tech. Information on the GTA program is online.

Interested individuals can contact Dr. Jean Chen for additional information.

Dr. Jean Chen
Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3176
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: 318.257.4737
E-mail: ychen@latech.edu

Please note: Strength & conditioning graduate assistants/interns are not awarded by the Department of Kinesiology and must be addressed with the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Department.