Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, M.S.

Dr. Lindsay Edwards, Program Director

The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, guided by Christian faith and values, is designed to provide theoretical learning that is integrated into real life experiences of students. Courses within the degree use evidence based research to 1) enhance the careers of students who are currently working in the field, and 2) prepare students for future educational endeavors and professional growth in the field of kinesiology, sport, and recreation.

This degree requires a minimum of 30 credits for completion and is delivered in an online format. Courses are offered in two 8 weeks sessions during the long semesters (Fall, Spring) and two 7 week sessions during the summer (Summer 1, Summer 2). Students taking 6 hours are considered full time.

Post-Graduate Career Opportunities

The KSPR degree prepares graduates for careers in areas of wellness, sport performance enhancement/strength and conditioning, health, fitness and recreation, facilities and programs, athletic administration, sport marketing, recreation, professional sport management, and coaching.

Admission Criteria

All applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All candidates are evaluated on an individual basis. The evaluation criteria include but are not limited to undergraduate GPA (2.75 or 3.0 last 60 hours), undergraduate academic record, resume, writing sample, letters of recommendation, personal interview, and GRE scores (upon request).

Departmental faculty approval of all new student admissions may be required. Submission of a resume, three letters of recommendation (HSU students applying must have at least one of the three letters of recommendation from a faculty member in their major department), a written statement of professional purpose and goals, and a personal (or telephone) interview with the program director are required of all prospective graduate students in KSPR.

Applicants who do not meet admission criteria may still be eligible for provisional admission. Those admitted as provisional status may be limited to taking 6 hours, one course per 8-week session during the long semesters (Fall, Spring), or 3 hours during either Summer 1 or Summer 2. Subsequent to the personal interview and a review of previously completed academic work, prospective students may be recommended for admission. Positive recommendation by the program director or designated representative is required for admission.

Official notification of admission (or denial of admission) will be communicated by the Office of Graduate Studies. Upon approval and recommendation of the program director, students who do not completely meet the criteria above may be assigned additional hours to take, above and beyond the minimum required for degree completion. These semester-hours must be determined and approved by the program director and the dean of graduate studies.

University Financial Aid Policies

Students in the Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Program are considered full-time for federal financial aid purposes when enrolled in six hours for a long-term; three hours qualifies for half-time in a fall or spring semester. Students who take a minimum of three hours during Summer I and/or Summer II are eligible for federal financial assistance. Contact Mrs. Landri Ognowski at 325-670-1010; HSU Box 16050, Abilene, Texas 79698 or

Time Limit

All requirements for the master’s degree in KSPR must be completed within five years from semester of initial admission.


All KSPR graduate students will have academic progress reviewed by the graduate coordinator each semester of graduate course work. Any student found to be lacking in communication skills (oral or written) during this review will be required to take additional courses in either or both areas before final approval for candidacy and graduation. Additionally, during each review any problems related to attitude, effort, and/or academic performance may be grounds for removal from the program.

Comprehensive Exam and Exit Interview

A comprehensive written exam will be scheduled during the last semester. Questions for the comprehensive exam will come from the core courses and courses within the student’s area of interest. Exam and question format will be determined by the graduate faculty.

Students must attain a passing grade of 80% or better. If a student does not attain 80% remedial work may be required and another attempt at the exam will be given. The comprehensive exam process must be initiated within the first six weeks. If a passing grade is not attained students will retake the exam after a three-week remedial period. Students will have two more attempts to meet the 80% passing rate. If 80% is not attained by the third attempt a student will need to consult with the program director regarding the necessary steps needed to graduate. Students will also complete an exit interview with the program director and other faculty as needed. Completion of the comprehensive written exam and exit interview must be completed two weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 30 hours of course work (3.0 GPA), 80% or higher on the comprehensive exam, and an exit interview.

Degree Completion Requirements

Students are required to complete the following 9 hours:

Core Courses

KSPR 6391Applied Professional Experience


KSPR 6305Research Methods and Statistical Analysi


KSPR 6300Evidence Based Research, In Sport and Recreation


Total Credit Hours:9

*Students can choose the remaining 21 hours from the courses listed below. Recommendations are made based on industry and career goals, although students are able to take courses from both areas of recommendations to complete their 21 hours.

Recommended courses for students pursuing Coaching, Recreation and Sport Administration

KSPR 6304Instructional Strategies and Techniques


KSPR 6307The Organization and Administration of, Athletes


KSPR 6308Global Sport


KSPR 6313Financial Resources of Recreation, Sport, Programming


KSPR 6314Governing Agencies & the Law of Sport, And Recreation


KSPR 6315Facilities Design and Management


KSPR 6316Principles of Sports and Recreation, Management


KSPR 6319Outdor Education, Recreation, and Camp, Management


KSPR 6325Philosophy & Foundations of Coaching in, Society


KSPR 6341Sport Ministry Programs


Recommended courses for students pursuing Exercise Science and Human Performance

KSPR 6301Advanced Exercise Physiology


KSPR 6309Biomechanical Analysis


KSPR 6326Sport and Exercise Nutrition


KSPR 6328Exercise and Sport Psychology/Counseling


KSPR 6350Training for Fitness and Performance, Activities & Union Management


KSPR 6360Sport Performance Enhancement


KSPR 6361Advanced Strength and Conditioning



All KSPR students must have the following core classes: KSPR 6391 Applied Professional Experience, KSPR 6300 Current Trends & Professional Communication and KSPR 6305 Evidence Based Research.