MS in Kinesiology

If you are a coach looking to advance your career, TWU’s Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport coaching will help get you there.

Over the course of the required 36 semester credit hours, you will take classes in technical and tactical skills as well as team management. A thesis is not required in this program.

This program is offered completely online so you immediately can apply what you learn in the classroom to your job.

Careers & Salaries

After earning this degree, career opportunities include:

  • High school coach or athletic director
  • Director of community sports program
  • Sport-specific trainer or professional instructor
  • Head college coach

Salaries vary widely. currently lists a median annual income of $40,000 for sports trainers and $59,000 for athletic directors.

Why Sports Coaching at TWU?

TWU believes in empowering women to be leaders in our society, and coaches have a unique capacity to provide and cultivate that leadership. Of course, we welcome coaches of boys and men in our program, but we believe they too benefit from this unique perspective and curriculum.

TWU’s Kinesiology department focuses on the distinctive role our graduates have among women, and we uniquely prepare quality coaches to work with women in a productive and professional manner. We believe in the power of coaches to make a difference in their communities.

Program Requirements

There are no undergraduate prerequisites for this program. See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

As a full-time student, you can complete the 36 coursework hours for this degree in 12-18 months.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Master Degrees in the School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology

Program Contact

Jason Torres

Application Deadlines

Fall and Summer - March 1
Spring - July 1

Admission Requirements

Unconditional admission indicates an applicant meets all requirements for admission. However, meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in health promotion, public health, kinesiology, or a related field 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. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credit hours of bachelor's degree coursework, as evidenced by official transcripts. 
  3. For those seeking the M.S. in Kinesiology with Biomechanics emphasis, submission of GRE scores is highly recommended. 
  4. For international students, a test of English proficiency or exception. Please consult the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology Graduate Advisor and the Office of International Education prior to applying.

For applicants who submit all required application materials but do not meet the minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the master’s degree program, provisional admission will be considered, dependent upon the relative strength of the application materials. When provisional admission is granted, the admission letter from the Graduate School will specify the prerequisites and/or provisions a student must satisfy to advance to unconditional admission status. It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy all requirements to remove the provisional admission status. Once the provisional requirements are complete, the student must inform and provide evidence of requirement completion to the advisor.

Students who do not plan to work toward a graduate degree but who wish to enroll in coursework for personal or professional purposes may, with the permission of the School, apply as “non-degree seeking students.’’ Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School. In the application, specify degree and emphasis area.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-Degree Sought. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Personal Statement Letter. The Personal Statement Letter, evidencing the ability to express concepts and ideas in writing, should indicate whether the applicant is interested in conducting a thesis. If an applicant is interested in conducting a thesis, the applicant should also identify a preferred faculty mentor and discuss how their research interests align with the identified faculty mentor’s research agenda.
    • Professional resume/curriculum vita evidencing appropriate academic background and relevant experience for graduate study.
  3. Two letters of recommendation submitted by faculty members and/or employers as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to Recommenders should include student name and degree sought (e.g. "M.S. in Kinesiology") in the subject line.

For More Information

Jason Torres
Graduate Academic Advisor
Pioneer Hall 213 

Page last updated 3:46 PM, August 3, 2023