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MS in Kinesiology


Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences 


The Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in pedagogy and psychological sciences enhances student preparation for careers in a variety of physical activity professions and also provides a foundation for further study in doctoral programs.  Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences Specialization focuses on factors that influence teaching and learning in a broad range of physical activity settings, acquires and advances knowledge regarding the social-cognitive determinants of physical activity and exercise. Specific areas of study include:




  • Investigating focus areas on teacher and learner cognition, emotion, and motivation
  • Providing opportunities for practicing teachers to enhance their teaching skills and professional knowledge


Sport Pedagogy


  • Providing opportunities for individuals interested in enhancing their professional knowledge relevant to applied fields in kinesiology  such as coaching, personal training, and wellness education


Psychology of Physical Activity


  • Understanding of determinants of physical activity behavior
  • Understanding of the influence of physical activity and exercise on health and well-being in diverse populations, including older adults and individuals with disabilities



Admission requirements:


Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or related field


Course requirements


M.S. Program for Specialization in Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences***
(Thesis & Non-Thesis option)


Research Methods and Design6 Credit hours
 KIN 7900 Introduction to Research Methods3
KIN 7501 Adv  Research Methods or KIN 7574 Qualitative Research in Kinesiology       3


Kinesiology Core

Motor Behavior Elective (select one of these courses) 3 Credit hours
KIN 7508 Analysis of Human Movement3
KIN 7510 Motor Learning3
KIN 7512 Motor Control3
KIN 7520 Motor Development3
Exercise Physiology Elective (select one of these courses)3 Credit hours
KIN 7534 Exercise in Health and Disease3
KIN 4526 Physiology of Endurance Training3
KIN 7537 Exercise and the Environment3

Specialization Requirement (select four (4) of the following courses)12 Credit hours
KIN 7502 Curriculum Construction in Physical Education3
KIN 7513 Seminar in Physical Education Professional Preparation3
KIN 7514 Pedagogy in Physical Education3
KIN 7515 Theories of Achievement Motivation in Physical Activity3
KIN 7528 Sport Psychology3
KIN 7601 Changing Health Behavior3
KIN 7602 Social Ecological Influences on Physical Activity and Health3
KIN 7603 Stress Management and Emotional Health3
Total for Required Courses24 Credit hours
Thesis Option KIN 8000 Thesis Research  6
Thesis Degree Total30 Credit hours
Non-Thesis Option Approved Electives*12
Non-Thesis Degree Total36 Credit hours


Thesis and Non-thesis Options: All students complete the core of required course. Students who wish to write a thesis for this degree, may do so with the approval of his/her advisor. They complete their program of study with 6 thesis credits. Students who chose not to write a thesis complete 12 hours of additional coursework of approved electives. Students in the non-thesis program may elect to use as their written final exam the successful completion of the NBPTS Board Certification or certification as an American Master Teacher (with advisor’s approval only).


* Courses selected as electives must be approved by the student’s advisor. A maximum of 6 hours of independent study or independent research (regardless of the course number used) can be counted toward the degree.

*** This is a list of suggested courses and should be viewed as a model program rather than a required course list. Students should consult with counselors and faculty advisor(s) as to which coursework plan that will prepare them to meet their goals.



Contact for students who have questions or need more information:

Name: Melinda Solmon
Email: msolmo1@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-2639


Program Area Faculty:


Birgitta Baker
Alex Garn
Maria Kosma
Melinda Solmon