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Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity Concentration

The master’s degree concentration in psychosocial aspects of physical activity focuses on both a practical and theoretical understanding of psychological, sociological, and social psychological variables involved in sport and physical activity. This area of scientific study encompasses two fields of study, sport psychology and sport sociology.

  • Sport psychology examines the influence of psychological variables on motor performance and the influence of sport and physical activity participation on psychological phenomena.
  • Sport sociology examines social structures on sport and physical activity, as well as the social significance of sport and physical activity from different theoretical perspectives.

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 psychosocial aspects of physical activity concentration include:

  • KIN 840 – Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 858 – Issues and Techniques for Student-Athlete Development (3 credits)
  • KIN 870 – Physical Activity and Well-Being (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 – Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in this concentration often complete courses in areas of study such as psychology, counseling, women’s studies, sociology, communications, and measurement and quantitative methods. Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.