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.

Deadlines for Exercise Science, Health Education and Psychology of Physical Activity and Pedagogy

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

Deadlines for Sport Management

  • Apply before Nov. 1 to begin the following Fall Semester (Priority Admission Deadline)
  • Apply before Mar. 1 to begin the following Fall Semester (Standard Admission Deadline)
  • Apply before May 1 to begin the following Fall Semester (Late Admission Deadline)
  • Apply before Nov. 1 to begin the following Spring Semester

*Sport Management does not admit during the Summer Semester.

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.

Specialization - Exercise Science

Thesis Option (30 Hours)

EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
EPSY 710Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
HSES 805Laboratory Experiments and Analysis--Exercise Physiology3
HSES 810Advanced Exercise Physiology3
HSES 825Skeletal Muscle Physiology3
HSES 872Exercise and the Cardiovascular System3
HSES 910Biochemistry of Exercise3
HSES 995Field Experience in: _____ (Exercise Science)3
HSES 899Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

   Non-Thesis Option (36 Hours)

EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
EPSY 710Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
HSES 730Advanced Concepts in Nutrition3
HSES 805Laboratory Experiments and Analysis--Exercise Physiology3
HSES 810Advanced Exercise Physiology3
HSES 825Skeletal Muscle Physiology3
HSES 872Exercise and the Cardiovascular System3
HSES 771Internship in Exercise Science (Exercise Science)6
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Total Credit Hours36

Suggested Electives for Non-Thesis Option - 9 Credit Hours

HSES 804Sport Psychology3
HSES 806Stress Management3
HSES 812Current Issues in Health3
HSES 823Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise3
HSES 831Ethics in the Sport Industry3
HSES 840Organizational Behavior in Sport3
HSES 842Sports Marketing3
HSES 892Psychology of Physical Activity3

Specialization – Health Education & Psychology of Physical Activity

Courses required for Thesis and Non-Thesis Option:

Required Core - 7-8 hours:

EPSY 710Introduction to Statistical Analysis3
EPSY 711Lab for Introduction to Statistical Analysis1
Complete 1 of the following courses:
PSYC 790Statistical Methods in Psychology I4
ELPS 715Understanding Research in Education3

  Complete 5 of the following courses - 15 hours:

HSES 803Health Behavior Theory3
HSES 804Sport Psychology3
HSES 806Stress Management3
HSES 812Current Issues in Health3
HSES 814Implementing Health Programs3
HSES 823Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise3
HSES 890Seminar in HSES3
HSES 892Psychology of Physical Activity3
HSES 824Epidemiology and Concepts of Disease Causation3
HSES 897Independent Study3

Students completing a Master's Thesis must take courses below in addition to 22 hrs. of core requirements:

HSES 899Master's Thesis6
Elective2-3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS30

Students completing the Non-Thesis Option must take 14 hours of electives courses below in addition to the 22 hours of course requirements:

Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Elective 43
Elective 52-3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS36

Electives are chosen in consultation with student's faculty advisor and must be approved by the advisor.

Specialization - Sport Management

Regardless of which program track a student chooses, the program coursework and electives are in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Courses required for the Thesis and Non-Thesis option:

EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
HSES 828Sport Finance3
HSES 830Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport3
HSES 831Ethics in the Sport Industry3
HSES 840Organizational Behavior in Sport3
HSES 842Sports Marketing3
HSES 884Legal Aspects of Sport3
Elective 13
REQUIRED COURSES27

Additional requirements (Thesis Track)

HSES 899Master's Thesis6
Total Program Hours (Thesis Track)30

Additional requirements (Non-thesis Track)

HSES 801Sport Facilities3
HSES 897Independent Study3
HSES 880Internship in Sport Management3
Elective 23
Total Program Hours (Non-Thesis Track)36

Specialization - Pedagogy

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses (30 Hours)

HSES 804Sport Psychology3
HSES 823Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise3
HSES 830Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport3
HSES 831Ethics in the Sport Industry3
HSES 832Physical Education Instructional and Assessment Methods3
HSES 836Physical Education Curriculum Models3
ELPS 830Foundations of Multicultural Education (OR)3
Multicultural Education
ELPS 834History and Philosophy of Education (OR)3
Philosophy of Education
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
SPED 725Introduction to the Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities3

Suggested Electives - take 2 of the following courses (6 Hours)

HSES 806Stress Management3
EPSY 704Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education3
EPSY 705Human Development through the Lifespan3
ELPS 537The Governance and Organization of Schools3
ELPS 760Integration of Learning Technology3
SPED 729Introduction to Computing in Special Education3
Other advisor-approved elective course:3
Total Credit Hours - Non-thesis36

Thesis Option 

Required Courses (27 hours)

HSES 823Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise3
HSES 831Ethics in the Sport Industry3
HSES 832Physical Education Instructional and Assessment Methods3
HSES 836Physical Education Curriculum Models3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
SPED 725Introduction to the Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities3
ELPS 834History and Philosophy of Education (OR)3
Philosophy of Education

Suggested Electives - take 1 of the following courses (3 Hours)

HSES 804Sport Psychology3
HSES 806Stress Management3
HSES 830Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport3
ELPS 760Integration of Learning Technology ( OR)3
Introduction to Computing in Special Education
C&T 807Multicultural Education ( OR)3
Foundations of Multicultural Education
EPSY 704Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education3
EPSY 705Human Development through the Lifespan3
ELPS 537The Governance and Organization of Schools3
Total Credit Hours Thesis Option30