Doctoral Degree Programs
Graduate Certificate Programs
Downtown Campus Programs
Health and Kinesiology (M.S.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Science degree in Health and Kinesiology is designed for students seeking advanced preparation for teaching physical and health education in school and community settings, and pursuing careers in areas related to kinesiology or health. It is intended to offer students the opportunity to expand content knowledge and to apply such information to become more effective teachers and leaders. Graduates of this program pursue careers as teachers, coaches, researchers, supervisors, health workers, and administrators in the education, health, and private sectors. In addition, the program is also designed for students who wish to continue their studies at other universities at the doctoral level.
Why pursue an M.S. in Health and Kinesiology degree from UTSA?
- We are the only M.S. program in Health and Kinesiology in San Antonio.
- A student friendly faculty.
- A strong faculty research program.
- Non-thesis option: Minimum 36 semester credit hours including 9 required hours, 18 prescribed elective hours, and 9 free elective hours.
- Thesis option: Minimum 33 semester credit hours including 9 required hours, 12 prescribed elective hours, 6 free elective hours, and 6 thesis hours.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Required Degree: A bachelor's degree in Kinesiology or Health.
- Other Degree Requirements: Applicants whose undergraduate major was not in Kinesiology or Health may be required to take 6 semester credit hours of undergraduate leveling courses. Students who are admitted with leveling courses must take the following undergraduate courses: HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior Theories of Health Behavior (Health Specialization) or KIN 2303 Foundations of Kinesiology Cultural and Scientific Foundations (Exercise Science and Sport Pedagogy Specializations), and one additional course at the discretion of the student’s faculty advisor.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Resume is required.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from professional references are required.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose is required and should not be longer than one typed page and must list the interest of specialization.
- Test Scores: Not required.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- International Applicants:
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.
Career Options Available for a M.S. in Health and Kinesiology Graduate:
- Education: teaching at public schools and at universities/colleges
- Business: sports administration, including coaching at high school and colleges.
- Medical: advanced training for physical therapy and medical school
- Local/State/Federal positions in community and public health, health research, and other related areas.
Research taking place in the Health and Kinesiology program:
- Dr. Sara Oswalt and Dr. Tammy Wyatt-"Somos Fuertes: Strong Women Making Health Choices"- program that increases access to sex education and risk behaviors for women.
- Dr. William Cooke- intervention for trauma patients and combat soldiers, Dept. of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command.
- For more detailed info on current research, please visit the department website: http://education.utsa.edu/health_and_kinesiology/research_labs/