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Kinesiology MS Handbook [pdf]
Download the Kinesiology MS Handbook for details of the MS program.

Admission Policy

1. The applicant must hold an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.

2. The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.5 GPA for all prior graduate work. The Department of Kinesiology may choose to consider files of applicants with lower GPAs.

3. The applicant will submit two satisfactory letters of recommendation that may include one from the last employer if the student has had work experience and one from the last school attended.

4. International students applying for admission should check with the International Office for additional requirements for all international students.

5. The applicant will present at least 6 hours of course work in Kinesiology. Each specialization will determine the appropriateness of additional requirements for the students.

6. The applicant will submit a vita or resume with special emphasis on training and work experience in physical education or related areas.

7. Any applicant may submit additional materials that they deem appropriate to his/her application.

8. The appropriate faculty admissions committee will review the total application.

9. The applicant must identify a specialization area (Adapted PE/A, Biomechanics, Coaching, Exercise Physiology, Pedagogy, or Sport Administration) in question 16 on the application.

All written materials (application, transcripts, vita, two reference letters and designation of an area of specialization) need to be submitted according to the following deadlines:

Starting Semester  US Citizens  International Students 
Fall July 1 April 1 
Spring November 1  August 1
Summer April 1 January 1

The application, and transcripts are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The remaining written materials (including the graduate assistantship application) are to be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Kinesiology.

  • To Graduate School:

Application for Graduate Admission Form
Scholarship Application Form (optional)
Official Transcripts
Test Scores such as TOEFL and GRE (if applicable)

  • To Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator:

Two Letters of Recommendation
Curriculum Vita
Any additional materials (optional)
Application for Graduate Assistantship Form (optional)
Kinesiology Activity Preference Form (optional)

If a student meets all admission requirements, the Departmental Chair will recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School that the student be unconditionally admitted to the degree program. If a student meets the required grade point average but lacks background in the discipline (physical education), the recommendation will be provisional admission to the degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy all prerequisites required to remove the provisional admission status and inform the graduate school and the graduate coordinator of the Department of Kinesiology. All prerequisites must be cleared before a student is permitted to enroll in thesis/professional paper.

Graduate Assistantship

Applicants who seek for graduate assistantship must submit the Application for Graduate Assistantship Form and the Kinesiology Activity Preference Form to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Kinesiology along with the graduate admission application materials.

The Graduate Council approved the recommendation of the Academic Standards Committee that a minimum score of 50 be required for teaching assistants on the revised Test of Spoken English.

Foreign students applying for Teaching Assistantships must submit a videotaped recording of a 20-25 minute spontaneous conversation. The prospective student should contact a "near-native" English speaker to be the other partner in the conversation. The conversation should be spontaneous and should not be memorized from a text. The conversation could be on any subject or various subjects. The prospective student should be required to identify herself/himself clearly for evaluative purposes. The tape can then be evaluated by the chair of the TWU department or by the delegated person or committee within the department. In the event a student would be unable to comply with the standard due to inability to videotape or inability to find a near-native speaker, the department could substitute the videotaping requirement with an audiotape or decide if an alternate methods might assist in evaluating English skills.

Graduate students for whom English is a second language may be required to do the same even though they do not desire a teaching assistantship.

Certification and Nondegree-Seeking Students

Certification-only students are classified under the nondegree-seeking status and, therefore, are not required to submit letters of reference. (They still have to meet other requirements applying to certification students.)

Nondegree-seeking graduate students may be permitted by the Department to complete as many courses as they desire, providing they maintain the required 3.0 GPA and with the understanding that no more than 12 hours completed under this status may subsequently be applied toward a graduate degree program. TWU makes absolutely no exceptions to this rule. Students are informed of this limit in their letter of admission to nondegree-seeking status. Notice will also be sent to those nondegree-seeking students who have completed 12 hrs.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology, with emphases available in Adapted Physical Education, Administration, Biomechanics, Coaching, Exercise Physiology, and Pedagogy.

There are two program options for the masters degree students. These options are:

Thesis Option: 24 hrs Coursework + 6 hrs Thesis

  • 6 hrs required core courses
  • 12 hrs major sequence
  • 6 hrs related course
  • 6 hrs thesis

Non–thesis Option: 33 hrs Coursework + 3 hrs Professional Paper

  • 6 hrs required core courses
  • 27 hrs major sequence and related courses
  • 3 hrs professional paper

To ensure high standards across programs all Master of Science students need to:

1. Maintain a personal portfolio that is evaluated by the advisor at the end of each semester the student is enrolled in courses.

2. Maintain a "B" or above average on all coursework.

3. Successfully complete the 6 hrs of core courses:

  • KINS 5023 Methods of Research
  • KINS 5033 Applied Statistical Principles

4. Pass a final experience depending on the option chosen:

  • Thesis
  • Professional Paper
  • Culminating Paper

Time Limit for Degree

No absolute time period exists within which to complete a master’s degree, but credit hours older than 6 years will not apply toward any master’s degree. No more than two activity graduate workshops can count toward the master’s degree.

Credit by Transfer

There is no automatic transfer of graduate credit. However, a student’s advisory committee may recommend and the Dean of the Graduate School may approve specific courses for transfer credit. Up to 6 semester hours may be transferred in a 30 to 38-hr program. Only graduate courses in which the grade of B or better is earned from an accredited school may be considered for transfer credit. The rule governing the time limit for master's degree credit applies, to transfer credit: Credit hours older than 6 years will not be accepted for transfer to a student’s program. Transfer credits are not accepted until the student has satisfactorily completed graduate work at Texas Woman’s University. Consequently credit hours may become ineligible for transfer while the student is enrolled at TWU.

Advisory Committee

When a student is accepted into the Department of Kinesiology, the Graduate Coordinator will initially act as an academic advisor. The graduate coordinator will be responsible for the student’s program until a permanent advisor is selected.

During the first semester, the student in correspondence with the Graduate Coordinator, will select an advisor of her/his choice and develop a degree plan with the advisor. Only graduate faculty members whose major appointment (half time or more) is in the Department of Kinesiology qualify to serve as advisors. Non-tenure track faculty who are associate graduate faculty may serve as members on advisory and research committees. Master’s students and their advisors will determine the number of faculty on their program committee. Master’s students may be advised by an individual advisor or an advisory committee.

When the advisor and student agree on which faculty should make up the advisory committee, the student then formally asks each faculty member if he/she would be willing to serve. After all members have agreed to serve, the student will complete the Request for Appointment of Graduate Committee form, have each participating faculty member initial her/his name, and submit the completed form to the Graduate Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. The total make-up of the committee shall include a majority of faculty members from the Department of Kinesiology. This committee shall have authority to review the student’s course work and to evaluate it through written and/or oral examinations with respect to the student’s program. The student’s advisor chairs the advisory committee and administers this authority. When a student presents a minor, a faculty member from the minor department must approve the proposed program through a signature on the degree plan.

It is the student’s responsibility to work with the advisor to develop the degree plan. The degree plan must be forwarded through the department’s chairperson to the Dean of the Graduate School before completion of 12 semester hrs for the master’s degree.

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