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Department of Kinesiology

Master's in Kinesiology

M.S. Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

The master's degree concentration in Strength and Conditioning is designed for individuals who are preparing for careers at high schools, universities, professional sport teams, sports medicine clinics, specialized sport performance clinics, and general fitness facilities. The program aims to enhance the students’ current level of knowledge in preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. Internships are available at local high schools, within the university athletic department, and other 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).

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. The following courses in the Strength and Conditioning concentration include:

Required

  • KIN 871 - Research Methods (3 credits)

Concentration (18 cr.)

  • KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 853 - Athletic Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • HNF 457 - Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition (3 credits)
  • KIN 815 - Essentials of Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • KIN 862 - Motor Learning (3 credits)

Electives: (3-6 credits)

  • KIN 813 - Neuromuscular Response to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 810 - Metabolic Response to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 858 - Issues and Techniques in Student-Athlete Development (3 credits)
  • KIN 841 - Stress Management Techniques in Athletics (3 credits)
  • KIN 861 - Growth, Maturation, and Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 811 - Exercise Physiology Laboratory (2 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study (variable credit)
  • KIN 893 - Field Experience (variable credit)

Capstone experience (must choose one)

  • KIN 893 - Internship in Kinesiology (4-6 credits)
  • KIN 897 - Project in Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • *KIN 899 - Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Additional Requirements for Plan A (thesis option)

  • * One additional research methods course at the 400-900 level approved by the student's guidance committee (3 credits)

Students in the Strength and Conditioning concentration often complete field experiences or internships with youth, high school, or collegiate sports teams as part of their program of study. Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.

Expectations

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.

Admissions

Note: Upon admissions, students from non-Kinesiology or related fields will be reviewed for recommended courses. Recommended background: Human anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics must be completed at the undergraduate level.

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
Email: kingrad@msu.edu

Contact Information

Dr. John Powell
Department of Kinesiology
105 IM Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-5018
Email: powellj4@msu.edu

Dr. Karin Pfeiffer
Department of Kinesiology
27 IM Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-5222
Email: kap@msu.edu

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