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Department of Kinesiology

Graduate Programs and Certificates

Contact Department of Kinesiology  

Department of Kinesiology

Address:
Dr. Craig Stevens
206 Sturzbecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383


Email: cstevens@wcupa.edu
Phone: (610)-436-2386
Fax: (610)-436-2860

 

Graduate Programs

The Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University offers three different graduate programs. These programs are designed to provide classroom, laboratory, research, and practical experiences. Opportunities for internships are available and required in some programs. Click below to learn more:

The Graduate Admission Policies include: Graduate School application; 2 letters of recommendation; 1 copy of all transcripts and a written goals statement.

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Master of Science - Exercise and Sport Science

The M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science is a consists of 33 credit hours, culminating in selection of a thesis or research report track. The program curriculum includes basic research preparation in research methods and statistics; advanced courses in exercise physiology, motor learning, and biomechanics; concentrations in applied sports performance, clinical exercise physiology, and sport and exercise psychology, clinically-based practicum experiences, electives upon advisement, and a capstone research project (thesis or research report). The program is designed for individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities for working in adult fitness, cardiac rehabilitation and other clinical programs and to enrich academic preparation for graduate work beyond the master’s degree.

Three concentrations:

-Applied Sport Performance

-Clinical Exercise Physiology

-Sport and Exercise Psychology

Students are required to complete the following courses:

I. Degree core (18 credits)

EXS 570            Concepts in Sport and Exercise Science (3)

KIN 603            Professional Literature Seminar (3)

EXS 600            Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (3)

HEA 526           Biostatistics or STA 511 Statistics (3)

EXS 698            Mentored Research I (3)

EXS 699            Mentored Research II (3)

II. Concentration core (15 credits per designated concentration)

Applied Sports Performance

EXS 585            Biomechanics (3)

EXS 572            Advanced Motor Learning (3)

EXS 681            Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)

EXS TBA           Pathokinesiology (3)

TBD                   Free Graduate Course Elective or Practicum/Internship (EXS 611) (3)

Clinical Exercise Physiology

EXS 681            Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)

EXS 687            Applied Muscular Physiology (3)

EXS 688            Applied Cardiovascular Physiology (3)

EXS 691            Advanced Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)

TBD                   Free Graduate Course Elective or Practicum/Internship (EXS 611) (3)

Sport and Exercise Psychology

EXS 640            Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)

EXS 641            Group Dynamics in Sport and Exercise (3)

EXS 681            Neuroscience Perspectives in Sport & Exercise (3)

EXS 572            Advanced Motor Learning (3)

TBD                   Free Graduate Course Elective or Practicum/Internship (EXS 611) (3)

III. Free Graduate Course Elective (3 credits)

An additional three semester hours are required for degree completion. This may come as a elective course from the EXS discipline or other selected programs at the graduate level. Practicum experience may be counted for this elective requirement with permission of the graduate coordinator. This practicum may be required to support a concentration in absence of comparable undergraduate or work experience.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted as a fully matriculated student into the master’s program, an applicant needs to meet the requirements for WCU graduate study. Specifically, a student must have a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA, a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major discipline, and a competitive GRE score, a resume, a goals statement, and two letters of recommendation are required. An applicant must present a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field and have satisfied the following prerequisites prior to admission:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (I and II)

  • Exercise Physiology

  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology

  • Statistics

Students may be accepted provisionally while taking one or more of the prerequisites. 

Master of Science - General Physical Education

This program is currently under revision. The new program will be geared toward physical educators possessing teacher certification.

The M.S. in General Physical Education is designed to enrich academic preparation for teaching in the school setting, for graduate work beyond the master’s degree or for obtaining employment in the various professions related to physical education. This program is currently under revision. The title of this degree is expected to change and the degree will be designed for those already certified as teachers in HPE. Currently students who are enroll in this program are provided advisement to select graduate courses with a personal approach to the degree along with core program requirements.

If more information is desired, please contact  Dr. Fran Cleland - 610-436-2145.

Master of Public Administration - Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics

The Master of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics is a professional degree that focuses on the comprehensive career preparation of practicing athletic and sport managers. This program is in collaboration with the College of Business and Public Affairs.

The program is designed for individuals wanting to earn a master's degree part time while working full time. Students who want to pursue the degree on a full-time basis may complete the program on a faster track. Most courses are held in the late afternoon or early evening. Courses are typically offered during four semesters throughout the calendar year-spring, first and second summer sessions, and fall.

Graduate Certificates

Adapted Physical Education Certificate

This program is currently under review and is not accepting applications at this time.

The Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education (18 credit) is designed to meet the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools. Six 3 credit courses make up the program:

  • KIN 579 Inclusive Practices in P.E. (also a core requirement in the new MS in PE proposal)

  • KIN 582 Assessment & Development of Individualized Programs

  • KIN 583 Medical & Pathological Issues

  • KIN 584 Disability Sport & Adapted Aquatics

  • KIN 586 Professional Issues in Adapted P.E.

  • KIN 587 Physical Activity for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

The coursework is based on the 12 Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education and the application of these standards to practice in the field of physical education. The coursework prepares students with the minimum background, skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to sit for the APENS national exam.

The certificate program is 100% web based instruction and will consist of formation of online presentations, webinars, web based lectures, collaborative and curricular integration activities, and alternative activities designed to enhance professional development in the field of adapted physical education.

Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education advising sheet

For more information, please contact Dr. Kat Ellis

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Adapted Physical Education Certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics is a professional degree that focuses on the comprehensive career preparation of practicing athletic and sport managers. The degree is designed for individuals aspiring to leadership and management roles in the complex world of interscholastic, intercollegiate, recreational, and professional sports, as well as corporate fitness.

The program is building on acquiring an experiential understanding of administrative and management practices in athletic settings. It will prepare candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply theory, research, and experience to solve academic, athletic, sport, and event management challenges. Students will be encouraged to make an ongoing commitment to professional development, and they will likely encounter connecting values between personal and professional experiences.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eve Atkinson - 610-436-2314

Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics curriculum sheet

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics program.

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