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M.S. Concentration in Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience

The cognitive and motor neuroscience concentration is designed to provide the student with an understanding of a life-span approach to motor skill acquisition and the overall development of children and youth. 

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 cognitive and motor neuroscience concentration include:

  • KIN 860 - Growth and Motor Behavior (3 credits)
  • KIN 861 - Growth, Maturation, and Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 840 - Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 865 - Curriculum/Instruction in Adapted Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 866 - Research on Sports for Athletes with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in this concentration often complete courses in areas of study such as family and child ecology, psychology, K-12 administration, and teacher education. 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

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

Contact the following faculty member about the concentration in cognitive and motor neuroscience.

Dr. Florian Kagerer
Department of Kinesiology
27 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-2907
Fax: (517) 355-1689
E-mail: fkagerer@msu.edu

Dr. Mei Hua-Lee
Department of Kinesiology
201 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-4652
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: mhlee@msu.edu

Dr. Matthew Pontifex
Department of Kinesiology
27 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-5105
Fax: (517) 355-1689
E-mail: pontifex@msu.edu

Dr. Rajiv Ranganathan
Department of Kinesiology
203 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-6491
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: rrangana@msu.edu