Overview

The M.S. Program in Kinesiology with a concentration in Motor Behavior is primarily intended for individuals who wish to gain an advanced knowledge base in the areas of motor learning and motor control. This is a coursework-only degree.

The Motor Behavior area focuses on research in the disciplines of motor learning and motor control. This collaborative environment prepares practitioners, researchers, and educators to reduce injury risk, return to normal function post-injury, and improve health and performance for physically active individuals of all ages.

The Student Experience

  • Our programs emphasize experiential learning, and are taught by experienced, award-winning faculty, who are nationally recognized for their scholarship. We offer in-depth core courses and a highly diverse array of electives, enabling students to take ownership of their career preparation and tailor their college experience to their interests and aspirations. 
  • We offer opportunities for students interested in a broad range of career specializations, including physical education, athletic training, community youth sport development, exercise instruction, exercise psychology, exercise physiology, and much more. 
  • You will progress through your degree based on your individual plan of study as approved by your advisor and committee.
  • Faculty and graduate students in the motor behavior area primarily work in one of the four labs listed below, but they are encouraged to use any lab space/resources that can help address their specific research questions. Each lab has a unique focus, as outlined below:
    • Motor Behavior Laboratory (MB Lab)
    • Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation (VEAR Lab)
    • Balance Analysis and Training Lab (BAT Lab)
    • Applied Neuromechanics Research Lab (ANRL)

AFTER GRADUATION

Graduates from this program can be qualified to enter a Ph.D. program or serve as a research assistant or program manager for a research lab.

APPLY TO PROGRAM

Please follow these steps when submitting an application For more general questions, make sure you check out KIN’s Frequently Asked Questions.  If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact the department directly at [email protected].

Graduate School Requirements

1. Online Application to The Graduate School

Login to The Graduate School’s Online Application.

2. All official transcripts

Send to the Graduate School directly. One official transcript is needed from all colleges and universities previously attended. If credit from one institution has been transferred to another and is listed on the receiving institution’s transcript, a transcript from the original institution is not required.

If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and will not graduate prior to an admission deadline, transcripts should be provided that reflect courses in progress. It will speed up the processing of your application greatly if you also upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) issued by your institution(s) registrar’s office that includes the official seal as part of your online application (student advising transcripts are not accepted).

Please remember that you must still have your official transcript(s) sent to The Graduate School even if you supply official copies.

3. English Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency requirement must be fulfilled for all non-native English speaking applicants regardless of citizenship. It can be waived if the student has earned a US degree or has an acceptable score on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. It can also be fulfilled by completing Level 5 of our Interlink program. Please see more information on requirements for international applicants.

4. Three Recommendations

All applicants must submit a minimum and maximum of three recommendations. In most cases the department would prefer at least two of the recommendations to be from faculty members who can address your academic capability. All recommendations are to be uploaded through The Graduate School’s online application system.

Departmental Notes

5. Graduate Assistantships

All qualifying applicants are considered for assistantships. You do not need to apply for an assistantship.  If you are interested in an assistantship please indicate this on your application by checking the appropriate box.   NOTE: Due to the way certain programs are structured, potential students applying to the Ed.D., M.S.A.T., Fully online M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, or M.S. in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology are typically not considered for assistantships.

6. Application Materials

  • Ed.D. — Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration.  However, applications submitted through April 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows.  The Ed.D. program accepts students for Fall admission only.
  • M.S.A.T. — Complete applications must be submitted by January 15.  The M.S.A.T. program accepts students for Summer admission only.
  • M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D. — Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration for admission and funding. Applications submitted through July 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows. Spring admission is possible but unlikely and we have no assistantship funds for spring applicants.
IMPORTANT: For Non-U.S. Academic Transcripts

International applicants are required to have their credentials formally evaluated. More information about this requirement, including recognized services for evaluation, can be found on the Graduate School’s international applicant page.

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DeAnne Brooks

Dr. DeAnne Brooks
[email protected]

Graduate Program Director

Documents

  • Graduate Financial Aid (PDF)