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Overview

The mission of the M.A. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on exercise science is to prepare students for careers in various sport-, health-, and wellness-related areas, or, for those interested in research-related careers, to provide students with basic research training and opportunities in exercise physiology. Coursework in graduate exercise science focuses on advanced concepts and laboratory techniques necessary to understand human physiological function during exercise and physical activity.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Mark Richardson

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive and 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. Preference is given to students who have strong backgrounds in the life sciences or related fields and meet the minimum requirements stated above.

Application Process

Interested applicants should apply online to the Graduate School of the University of Alabama (https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/apply-now/). Students will be admitted on a rolling basis at the discretion of program faculty as applications are received.

Graduate assistantships are prioritized for doctoral students but master’s students are still encouraged to apply.  Apply here.

Those wishing to be considered for a graduate assistantship must submit admission and assistantship applications by January 15.

Assistantship decisions are made in February and announced sometime between late February and mid-March. Assistantships are typically not awarded for Spring admission although interested applicants are encouraged to apply in order to have an application on file for the subsequent Fall term.

Program Requirements

Core classes (18 hours):

  • KIN 592 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
  • KIN 506 Research Techniques (3 hours)
  • KIN 507 Laboratory Techniques (3 hours)
  • KIN 593 Organization and Implementation of Adult Fitness Programs (3 hours)
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education (3 hours) or CCHS 525 Biostatistics or ST 550 Statistical Methods in Applied Research I (3 hours)

Choose one of the following two courses:

  • KIN 690 Exercise in Health and Disease (3 credit hours)
  • KIN 566 Evaluation in Physical Education (3 hours)

Select one of the two following emphases:

Research (12 hours):

Choose 3 (with thesis) or 4 (no thesis) courses from the following:

  • BER 640 Quantitative Statistics II or CCHS 526 Advanced Biostatistics or ST 551 Statistical Methods in Applied Research II (3 hours)
  • KIN 596 Independent Study in Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 598 Nonthesis Research (3 hours)
  • KIN 599 Thesis Research (6 hours)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • BSC 524 Human Physiology I (3 hours)
  • BSC 550 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology I (3 hours)
  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology (3 hours)
  • NHM 501 Nutrition for Health Professionals (3 hours)
  • PY 651 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)

Adult Fitness (12 hours):

Choose 3 (with thesis) or 4 (no thesis) courses from the following:

  • KIN 585 Laboratory and Field Experience (3 hours)
  • KIN 596 Independent Study in Physical Education (3 hours)
  • KIN 598 Nonthesis Research (3 hours)
  • KIN 599 Thesis Research (6 hours)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • BSC 524 Human Physiology I (3 hours)
  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology (3 hours)
  • HHE 520 Health Behavior (3 hours)
  • HHE 530 Health Promotional Techniques (3 hours)
  • HHE 540 Stress Theory, Disease, and Management (3 hours)
  • NHM 501 Nutrition for Health Professionals (3 hours)
  • NHM 562 Advanced Nutrition (3 hours)

Faculty

Dr. Michael Esco

Associate Professor, Exercise Science
mresco@ua.edu
2003 Moore
205-348-2151

Dr. Michael Fedewa

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
mvfedewa@ua.edu
2003 Moore
205-348-9779

Dr. Hayley MacDonald

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
hvmacdonald@ua.edu
1006 Moore
205-348-2117

Dr. Mark Richardson

Professor, Exercise Science
mtrichar@ua.edu
1007 Moore
205-348-9180
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Dr. Lee Winchester

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
ljwinchester@ua.edu
205-348-9522
2008 Moore
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Dr. Jonathan Wingo

Department Head and Associate  Professor, Exercise Science
jwingo@ua.edu
1002 Moore
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Staff

Ms. Christy Gordon

Kinesiology Program Support
gordo016@ua.edu
1003 Moore
205-348-6075

Ms. Kim Easterwood

Kinesiology Program Support
kaeasterwood@ua.edu
1005 Moore
205-348-1455