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Department of Kinesiology

Master's in Kinesiology


M.S. Concentration in Student-Athlete Development

The master's degree concentrations in student-athlete development is designed for individuals who are preparing for careers in student-athlete development in intercollegiate sports programs.  Internships are available within university student-athlete services programs at MSU and other campuses, as well as sports-related organizations and agencies. 

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the M.S. degree, including KIN 871-research methods, area of concentration, breadth requirement, and capstone (thesis, project, internship, or courses-only with certifying exam). The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the student-athlete development concentration include:

  • KIN 482 - Ethics in Athletics in Higher Education (2 credits)
  • KIN 853 - Athletic Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 854 - Sport Law for Administrators and Coaches (3 credits)
  • KIN 858 - Issues and Techniques in Student-Athlete Development (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)
  • KIN 894 - Field Experiences in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

The following courses are frequently selected as electives:

  • CEP 860A - Perspectives in Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
  • CEP 861 - Counseling Theory, Philosophy, and Ethics (3 credits)
  • CEP 862 - Introduction to Individual and Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CEP 864 - Career Counseling (3 credits)
  • CEP 875 - Substance Abuse and Treatment (3 credits)
  • EAD 802 - Building a Learning Organization (3 credits)
  • EAD 860 - Concept of a Learning Society (3 credits)
  • EAD 871 - Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EAD 873 - The College Student Experience (3 credits)

Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.


Expectations of KIN master's degree students are individualized because of the different concentrations offered within the department and the students' various educational goals. Commonalities in expectations of master's degree students include: (a) professional growth and involvement; (b) demonstrated ability to teach within the context of the student's chosen field; and (c) knowledge and skill as a consumer of research. Students who intend to pursue doctoral study or research careers are also expected to develop ability to plan, conduct, and disseminate research. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of M.S. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings.


Graduate Studies Secretary
Department of Kinesiology
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689

Contact Information

Dr. Deborah Feltz is the coordinator of the Student-Athlete Development concentration. Contact her for additional information. Based upon your interests and academic needs, she may refer you to other KIN faculty members. 

Dr. Deborah Feltz
Department of Kinesiology
138 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4732
Fax: (517) 353-2944