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Curriculum, MS Kinesiology-Applied Movement Science

The 36-unit program includes a minimum of 29 units of 500-, 600-, 700-, and 800-level coursework in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences. No more than six units of 500-level coursework with the approval of the graduate adviser will apply to the program of study. The remaining units must be selected from courses listed in this bulletin as acceptable for master’s degree programs.

Required Courses (36 units)

  • DPT 750 Concepts in Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology (4)
  • BIOL 570 Neurobiology (3)
  • ENS 601 Experimental Methods in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences  (3)
  • ENS 602 Research Evaluation in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (3)
  • ENS 610 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques I  –Kinematics (3)
  • ENS 611 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques II  – Kinetics (3)
  • ENS 612 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques III  – EMG (3)
  • ENS 613 Motor Control and Rehabilitation Science (3)
  • Plan A -ENS 799A Thesis (3) Cr/NC/RP
    Plan B – ENS 790 Seminar in Directed Readings (3) Cr/NC
  • Electives:  8 units to be selected in consultation with a specialization adviser.

See the SDSU Graduate Bulletin for descriptions and prerequisites for these courses.

Plan of Study

Students seeking a Master of Science degree in kinesiology are required to develop a formal plan of study that must be approved by the graduate adviser before being forwarded to the Division of Graduate Affairs. Students are required to take mandated core courses and select a number of electives. The offerings in a specialization allow a student to achieve a certain competencies once the degree has been completed.

Thesis or Directed Readings

Students complete their degree by choosing either Plan A or Plan B. If students select Plan A, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 799A (thesis) is required for completion of their degree, accompanied by a final oral examination on the field of the thesis/project and on the implications of the thesis research for the broader field of kinesiology. If students select Plan B, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 790 (Directed Readings) is required for completion of the degree.

Time Limitation

The school expects a student to complete the degree within seven years. Failure to complete the degree requirements within seven years will result in dismissal from the program.


last updated: 3/24/2016