Health, Sport and Exercise Science

Programs in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES) offer undergraduate and graduate degrees preparing students to work in health, sport, and exercise-related fields. HSES graduates apply their knowledge to serve as teachers, researchers, clinicians, managers, administrators and other professionals in academic, private, and public settings.

The Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (HSES) offers the Masters of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree with a major in Physical Education in the following specialization areas:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education and Psychology of Physical Activity
  • Pedagogy
  • Sport Management

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Admission Requirements for the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Supporting documents that should be sent to the university:

  1. One official copy of your academic transcript from each college or university attended sent to the Office of Graduate Studies (313 Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS  66045-7535   Note: A final degree transcript will also be required if you submit your application before you graduate from your undergraduate or master’s program. (example: submit in March, graduate in May).
  2. Official transcripts from an international university must include an English translation of all documents in addition to the official transcript in the original language, or documentation that the University’s mode of instruction is English.
  3. GRE scores need to be sent directly to us from the Educational Testing Center (KU Institution code 6871, Department code 3909

Supporting documents to upload to your application:

  1. Your personal statement
  2. Your resume
  3. Three letters of recommendation-You will submit the names and email addresses when you apply.  The system will automatically email them and request that they upload  their letter to your online application.

Minimum Admission Requirements (M.S.E.)

  • 3.0 GPA regular masters admission (2.75 - 2.99 GPA, provisional admission)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: 150 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, and 4.0 on the written analytical section

It is recommended that students applying for a M.S.E thesis option program contact a faculty member in their specialization area for an interview.

International Applicants

International applicants also need to provide:

  • Official transcripts from an international university (must include an English translation of all documents in addition to the official transcript in the original language, or documentation that the University’s mode of instruction is English.)
  • English Proficiency exams score, such as TOEFL, there will be no exceptions. Acceptable exams are TOEFL written score of 570 with all sections 57 or above; TOEFL computer score of 230 with all sections 23 or above and 40 on the essay or TOEFL internet score of 88 with all section 23 or above and 19 on essay; or IELTS with a band copy. Test scores should be sent directly to the department.
  • You will need to provide an official bank statement that you have $29,020 in a bank account to support your studies at the University of Kansas. International students are not offered assistantships or other financial aid during their first year of study. You should be able and prepared to finance the entire stay. If someone else will be supporting you, we will need a bank statement and a letter signed by that person indicating that they will be responsible for you financially. These statements should be uploaded to the online application.

Deadlines

  • March 15 for Summer and Fall admission.
  • October 1 for Spring admission.

Submit your graduate application online. All supporting application materials should be uploaded to the online application.

Questions: hsesinfo@ku.edu

The University of Kansas
HSES Graduate Admissions
1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 104
Lawrence, KS 66045-7520

M.S.E. Degree Programs

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences is offered with specializations in exercise science, health education and psychology of physical activity, pedagogy, and sport management. The degree programs require 30 hours for the thesis option or 36 hours for the non-thesis option.

Any admitted master’s student who does not have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 but has at least a 2.75 may be admitted on probationary status. These students must earn a minimum of a B in the first three courses (9 hours) they take (assigned by the advisor/mentor). Failure to achieve this level will result in dismissal.

Further information is available from the department.

Please note: Degree requirements are subject to change.  Prospective and current students should obtain the current degree requirements from the department.

Specialization - Exercise Science

Thesis Option (30 Hours)

(Any changes to this program must be approved by your advisor.)

EPSY 715               Understanding Research in Education (fall & spring) (3)                                 

EPSY 710               Introduction to Statistical Analysis (fall & spring) (3)   

EPSY 711               Lab:  Introduction to Statistical Analysis (fall & spring) (1)                      

HSES 805              Lab Experiments & Analysis – Ex Phys (even fall) (3)                                       

HSES 810              Advanced Exercise Physiology (odd fall) (3)                                                                        

HSES 825              Skeletal Muscle Physiology          (even spring) (3)                                                             

HSES 872              Exercise and the Cardiovascular System (odd spring) (3)                                               

HSES 910              Biochemistry of Exercise (spring) (3)                                                                                      

HSES 995              Field Experience in Exercise Science (fall, spring & summer) (3)                 

HSES 899              Master’s Thesis (fall, spring & summer) (6)                                                                         

Non-Thesis Option (36 Hours)

Required Courses (27 Hours)

EPSY 715               Understanding Research in Education (fall & spring) (3)                                 

EPSY 710               Introduction to Statistical Analysis            (fall & spring) (3)   

EPSY 711               Lab:  Introduction to Statistical Analysis (fall & spring) (1)                                            

HSES 730              Advanced Concepts in Nutrition (fall) (3)                                                                              

HSES 805              Lab Experiments & Analysis – Ex Phys (even fall) (3)                                       

HSES 810              Advanced Exercise Physiology (odd fall) (3)        

HSES 825              Skeletal Muscle Physiology          (even spring) (3)             

HSES 872              Exercise and the Cardiovascular System (odd spring) (3)               

HSES 771              Internship in Exercise Science (fall, spring & summer) (6)             

Suggested Electives (9 Hours total - Courses not on the list must be approved by your advisor.)

PSYC 779              Physiological Aspects of Health & Disease (3)                                                                     

HSES 804              Sports Psychology (3)                                                                                                                    

HSES 806              Stress Management (3)                                                                                                              

HSES 812              Current issues in Health (3)                                                                                                        

HSES 823              Behavior Modification in Health & Exercise (3)                                                   

HSES 831              Ethics in the Sport Industry (3)                                                                                 

HSES 840              Leadership and Management    (3)                                                                                         

HSES 842              Sport Marketing (3)                                                                                                                      

HSES 892              Exercise Psychology (3)                                                                                               

Specialization – Health Education & Psychology of Physical Activity

Required Core:   7 Hours

Complete the following course: 4 hours

EPSY 710/711: Basic Stats class                                                                     

Complete 1 of the following courses:  3 hours

EPSY 715: Understanding Research in Education                                 

PSYCH 790: Research Methods                                                                 

Required Core Courses  [Students complete 5 of the following courses]: 15 hours

HSES 803              Health Behavior Theory (3)                                                                         

HSES 804              Sport Psychology (3)                                                                      

HSES 806              Stress Management (3)                                                               

HSES 812              Current Issues in Health Education (3)                                   

HSES 814              Implementing Health Education Programs (3)                    

HSES 823              Behavior Modification in Health & Exercise (3)                   

HSES 826              Grant & Research Proposal Writing (3)                                  

HSES 890              Seminar in HSES (3)                                                                        

HSES 892              Exercise Psychology (3)                                                                

HSES 824*           Epidemiology (3)                                                                                             

HSES 897              Independent Study (3)                                                                 

Students complete a Master’s Thesis: 6 hours

HSES 899              Master’s Thesis                                                                               

Thesis Option: 22 + 6 + 2-3 hours elective= 30 hours                      

Non-thesis Option: 22 + 14 hours of electives= 36 hours                      

Notes:

*Electives are chosen in consultation with student’s faculty advisor and must be approved by the advisor. A list of suggested electives is provided.

*Other courses above the 30 graduate credit hour requirement may be necessary to fulfill undergraduate course deficiencies as determined by an academic advisor.

Suggested Electives for Health Education and Psychology of Physical Activity

Thesis and Non Thesis Options

 -Courses subject to availability and consent of instructor

Available at the Lawrence Campus

HSES 730              Advanced Concepts in Nutrition (3)

HSES 777              Practicum in Hlth Ed & Wellness Promotion (1-3)

HSES 824              Epidemiology & Concepts of Disease Causation (3)                                          

HSES 833              Public Health Aspects of Exercise (3)                                                      

HSES 850              Analysis Techniques for HSES Lab & Field Data (3)            

HDFL 710              Community Health & Development (3)                 

HDFL 723              Adolescent Adjustment (3)                                                        

HDFL 807              Design & Eval of Com Hlth Promotion Methods (1-5)      

HDFL 820              Advanced Child Development (3)                                            

PSYC 605              Health Psychology (3)                                                                   

PSYC 779              Physiological Aspects of Health & Disease (3)                     

PSYC 784              Proseminar in Communication & Aging (1)                           

PSYC 787              Gerontology Proseminar (3)                                                      

PSYC 840              Psychology of Women’s Health (3)                                         

PSYC 870              Cognitive Development (3)                                                        

PSYC 880              Social Development (3)                                                                

SOC  625               Sociology of Health & Medicine (3)                                         

ELPS 837               History of Educational Thoughts (3)                                        

ELPS 834              History and Philosophy of Education (3)                

ELPS 835              Philosophy of Education (3)

Available at KU Medical Center, Kansas City

PRVM 805           Community Health Seminar (1)                                                 

PRVM 816           International Health (2)                                                                

PRVM 818           Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3) 

PRVM 820           Community Health Promotion (2)                                            

PRVM 830           Environmental Health (3)                                                                           

PRVM 855           Seminar in Women’s Health (2)                                                

PRVM 859           Tobacco & Public Health (2)                                                        

PRVM 860           Community Nutrition (3)                                                                             

HP&M 810           The Health Care System (4)                                                        

HP&M 850           Women & Health Care (3)                                                           

HP&M 835           Health & Social Behavior (3)                                                       

HP&M 837           Health Care Policy & Administration        (3)                        

HP&M 838           Rural Health Care (3)                     

Specialization – Pedagogy

30 Hour – Thesis Option

Required Courses (27 hours)

HSES 823            Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise (spring) (3)

HSES 831            Ethics in the Sport Industry (fall) (3)

HSES 832*           PE Instructional Methods and Assessment (odd falls) (3)

HSES 836*           Physical Education Curriculum Models, PK-12 (even falls) (3)

HSES 899            Master’s Thesis (6)

EPSY 715*             Understanding Research in Education (3)

SPED 725*           Intro to Psych & Ed of Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

ELPS 834*           History & Philosophy of Education (3)

Or

ELPS 835*           Philosophy of Education (3)

Suggested Electives Take one of the following three credit hour courses

HSES 804            Sport Psychology (spring)

HSES 806            Stress Management (fall)

HSES 830            Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport (spring)

ELPS 760*          Integration of Educational Technology

OR

SPED 729           Intro to Computing in Special Education

C&T 807*           Multicultural Education

OR

ELPS 830*           Foundations of Multicultural Education

EPSY 704             Adv Ed Psyc: Learning Processes in Education

EPSY 705             Human Development through Lifespan

ELPS 537            Governance & Organizational of Schools

                              Other advisor approved courses.

*Required courses in Graduate Licensure Program (GLP).

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses (30 hours)

HSES 804           Sports Psychology (spring) (3)

HSES 823           Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise (spring) (3)

HSES 830           Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport (spring)

HSES 831           Ethics in the Sport Industry (fall) (3)

HSES 832*          PE Instructional Methods and Assessment (odd falls) (3)

HSES 836*          Physical Education Curriculum Models, PK-12 (even falls) (3)

ELPS 830*           Foundations of Multicultural Education (3)

Or

C&T 807              Multicultural Education (3)

ELPS 834*           History & Philosophy of Education (3)

Or

ELPS 835*           Philosophy of Education (3)

EPSY 715*           Understanding Research in Education (3)

SPED 725*          Intro to Psych & Ed of Exceptional Children & Youth (3)

Suggested Electives - Take two of the following courses (6 hrs.)

HSES 806           Stress Management (fall) (3)

EPSY 704           Adv Ed Psyc: Learning Processes in Education (3)

EPSY 705           Human Development through Lifespan

ELPS 537           Governance and Organization of Schools (3)

ELPS 760*          Integration of Educational Technology (3)

SPED 729           Intro to Computing in Special Education (3)

                           Other advisor approved courses

*Required courses in Graduate Licensure Program (GLP).

Specialization - Sport Management

Thesis Option

Required Courses (27 Hours)

EPSY 715              Understanding Research in Education (f, sp, su) (3)

HSES 828              Sport Finance (sp) (3)

HSES 830              Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport (f) (3)

HSES 831              Ethics in the Sport Industry (f) (3)

HSES 840              Organizational Behavior in Sport (f) (3)

HSES 842              Sport Marketing (sp) (3)

HSES 884              Legal Aspects in Sport (sp) (3)

HSES 995              Master’s Thesis (f, sp, su) (6)

Electives—3 hours must be approved by advisor

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses (27 Hours)

EPSY  715             Understanding Research in Education (f, sp, su) (3)

HSES 828              Sport Finance (sp) (3)

HSES 830              Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport (f) (3)

HSES 831              Ethics in the Sport Industry (f) (3)

HSES 840              Organizational Behavior in Sport (f) (3)

HSES 842              Sport Marketing (sp) (3)

HSES 884              Legal Aspects in Sport (sp) (3)

HSES 880              Internship in Sport Management (f, sp, su) (3)

HSES 897              Independent Study (f, sp, su) (3)

Electives—9 hours

Students will choose three hours of HSES coursework and six hours of coursework outside the department with the approval of the advisor.