The mission of the M.A. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on general studies is to prepare students for careers in various kinesiology-related fields or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in kinesiology or health-related professional schools. Coursework in general studies enables students to tailor their program of study to their individual needs by selecting courses in exercise science, sport pedagogy, and sport management.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Jonathan Wingo

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on prior academic achievement, graduate record examination (GRE) scores, and recommendations. Minimum requirements comprise the following:

  • A composite (verbal + quantitative) GRE score of 300
  • One of the following:
    • Undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
    • 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program

If an applicant fails to meet both the entrance examination score and GPA requirements for regular admission, he/she may be eligible for conditional admission if he/she meets one of the two. In such instances, conditional admission is not guaranteed and is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process

Interested applicants should apply online to the Graduate School of the University of Alabama. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis at the discretion of program faculty as applications are received.

Program Requirements

Required course (3 hours)

  • KIN 506 Research Techniques (3 hours)

KIN courses (21 hours)

Choose from the following 21 courses:

Courses in exercise science:

  • KIN 507 Laboratory Techniques (3 hours)
  • KIN 592 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
  • KIN 593 Organization and Implementation of Adult Fitness Programs (3 hours)
  • KIN 690 Exercise in Health and Disease (3 hours)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 1 (3 hours)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 2 (3 hours)

Courses in sport management:

  • KIN 555 Sport Finance (3 hours)
  • KIN 562 Administration of Athletics (3 hours)
  • KIN 588 Sport Marketing and the Media (3 hours)

Courses in sport pedagogy:

  • KIN 508 Perceptual Motor Development (3 hours)
  • KIN 510 Teaching and Supervising Elementary Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 512 Physical Education Curriculum (3 hours)
  • KIN 538 Advanced Adapted Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 612 Research in Physical Education Teacher Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 622 Analysis of Research on Teaching in Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 632 Systematic Observation in Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 642 Instructional Design in Physical Education in Higher Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 691 Research Studies in Sociology of Human Performance (3 hours)

Generic Courses:

  • KIN 566 Evaluation and Measurement (3 hours)
  • KIN 500 Sport Sociology (3 hours)


  • KIN 599 Thesis (6 hours)

Optional Work (6 hours):

  • Complete a further 6 hours of graduate level work either inside or outside the Department of Kinesiology.
  • Courses chosen outside the Department of Kinesiology must support the student’s main academic interest.


Varies depending on coursework chosen. For more information please contact Dr. Jonathan Wingo.