2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Kinesiology MS

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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 exercise, athletic performance and health and wellness across the lifespan.


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. All students are automatically placed in the non-thesis option.  Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must receive approval from the graduate program director and have a commitment from a faculty member to serve as the thesis committee chair.  

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.

UCF undergraduates who meet departmental eligibility requirements may enroll in up to nine credit hours of graduate courses in the Kinesiology MS program as part of the Senior Scholars program.  Graduate courses completed as a Senior Scholar may be used toward the undergraduate degree and the graduate program of study if admitted to the Kinesiology MS program at UCF.  Permission to participate in the Senior Scholar program must be obtained from both the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Kinesiology MS program director before enrolling in the graduate courses.

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

Elective Courses: 15-18 Credit Hours

Students selecting the thesis option must take 15 credit hours in electives. Students in the nonthesis option must take 18 credit hours in electives. All electives are selected in conjunction with the student’s graduate advisor 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.
  • Personal statement discussing reasons for selecting the Kinesiology degree program, career goals, and how this degree will support the stated career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous faculty or supervisors who can speak to the applicant’s abilities to be successful in graduate school.
  • Résumé for curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Video Essay
  • While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit official GRE scores taken within the last five years for potential consideration for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

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
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-0442
ED 320R

Lana Gidusko
EDU 320

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

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