2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology MS ♦♦

College: Health Professions and Sciences Degree: MS
Department: Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/kinesiology/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Master of Science in Kinesiology provides an in-depth study of applied human physiology and how it relates to athletic performance and health and wellness across the lifespan.

Additional areas of study focus on sport nutrition, environmental physiology and exercise biochemistry.


The Master of Science in Kinesiology offers thesis and nonthesis options for students. Both options require a minimum of 36 credit hours, with at least 18 credit hours of coursework at the 6000 level. Students selecting the thesis option must receive a commitment from a faculty adviser for approval to do the thesis option in the program. 

Students in the nonthesis option are required to take an independent learning experience (PET 6910 - Problem Analysis - Review of Literature ) that involves a detailed literature review specific to a subject area of the student’s interest under the supervision of graduate faculty OR participation in a practicum (PET 6946 ) that will serve as their culminating graduate experience.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Elective Courses: 15-18 Credit Hours

Students that select the thesis option must take 15 credit hours in electives. Students that select the nonthesis option must take 18 credit hours in electives. All electives are selected in conjunction with the student’s graduate adviser or the graduate coordinator. Students can choose from the following courses.

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Students selecting the thesis option will take APK 6703 Statistical Methods in Kinesiology as one of their electives and enroll in six credit hours of thesis for a total of nine credit hours toward their elective requirements.

  • PET 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option: 3-6 Credit Hours

Students select one of the following courses.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the Kinesiology MS program pay a $28 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $14 each semester that they are enrolled.

Independent Learning

All students are required to complete a research report or thesis after the completion of their coursework.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé.

Application Deadlines

Kinesiology MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

David Fukuda PhD
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 407-823-0442
ED 320R

Graduate Admissions

Jennifer Yuhas
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241