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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Kinesiology (KIN)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Degree Offered: M.S.


Certificate Offered: Adapted Physical Education


Master of Science Degree

The Department of Kinesiology offers a master of science degree with the following areas of concentration: exercise science, outdoor education, and sport studies. In addition, the Departments of Kinesiology and Social Work offer a dual degree program, which consists of a master of science in kinesiology with a concentration in outdoor education, as well as a master in social work (M.S.W.).

Additionally, a graduate certificate in adapted physical education is offered.


Admission Requirements

Admission is based on undergraduate preparation, academic record, Graduate Record Examination general test scores (current scores, within the last five years), and letters of recommendation. Applicants must be above-average students and show adequate preparation in the basic support courses of the selected concentration area. Applicants who have not met specific course prerequisites should expect to take additional undergraduate work without receiving graduate credit.

Students applying for the dual degree program must meet both the admission requirements for kinesiology and for social work and be admitted to both programs (applications to each program required). See social work for their admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Students may follow either the thesis, the non-thesis, or the advanced research plan. All degree candidates will be required to take KIN 901, Analysis of Professional Literature; the designated concentration core; and electives as required.

Exercise science core: A graduate statistics course (PSYC 702, SW 962, EDUC 881, or equivalent), KIN 896, Advanced Research in Exercise Science; KIN 901, Analysis of Professional Literature;  and two semesters of KIN 902, Colloquium are required. Additional elective courses are selected in consultation with the academic advisor to meet the 30-credit minimum necessary for graduation

Sport studies core: A graduate statistics course (PSYC 702, SW 962, EDUC 881, or equivalent), KIN 880, Psychological Factors in Sport; one adviser-approved KIN elective at the 800 or 900 levels; and KIN 840, Athletic Administration or KIN 843, Sport Marketing.

Outdoor education core:
KIN OE Concentration: EDUC 881, Statistics; KIN 883, Psychological Aspects of Adventure Education; KIN 884, Foundations of Adventure Education; KIN 885, Program Models and Evaluation in Outdoor Education; KIN 886, Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs; KIN 887, Theory of Adventure Education; KIN 901, Analysis of Professional Literature.

Integrated M.S.W./M.S. Dual Degree Program: The UNH Departments of Social Work and Kinesiology offer an Integrated M.S.W./M.S. Dual Graduate Degree Program. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. It organizes a significant number of existing resources and assets at UNH in a way that empowers participating students for a career in adventure therapy.

The use of adventure experiences as a therapeutic or socio-educational intervention for clients with mental health needs is well documented. Prospective graduate students in the SW/OE Integrated Dual-Degree program apply and need to be accepted into each separate graduate program. Upon acceptance in both programs, students progress through the integrated curriculum, graduating from both programs at the end of their third year. The exception to this would be an Advanced Standing student in social work, who could graduate from both programs in two years. In order to graduate with the dual degrees, the student completes a 24-hour per week social work/adventure therapy-related field internship in their third year as well as an Outdoor Education Thesis or Advanced Studies Project in their last semester. Contact Dr. Michael Gass for additional information.

Any remaining coursework in each concentration should be taken within the Department of Kinesiology; however, approval may be granted to take relevant courses outside the department.

Thesis plan: A minimum of 30 approved graduate credits, including a thesis (24 graduate course credits plus 6 thesis credits), as well as an oral defense of the thesis, are required in the thesis plan.

Non-thesis plan: A minimum of eight approved graduate courses (with a minimum of 30 credits) are required in the non-thesis plan. Four credits of KIN 895, Advanced Studies, are required. A student may take KIN 895 only after completing at least three approved graduate courses including KIN 901.

Advanced research plan: Exercise science students who elect this plan must take 6 credits of KIN 896, Advanced Research in Exercise Science. Outdoor education students who elect this plan must take 6 credits of KIN 897, Advanced Research in Outdoor Education. In addition, exercise science and outdoor education students must orally defend their research.

Dual degree students take classes simultaneously over the course of three years in both kinesiology: outdoor education and social work and complete a minimum of 77 credits for graduation. This includes two internships, one during their first year of study and a second specialized internship during the third year, which concentrates on the utilization and application of adventure therapy in an agency setting.

Certificate in Adapted Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire now offers a graduate certificate in adapted physical education. The intent of this certificate is to better prepare teachers to enhance their overall knowledge of students with disabilities in general adapted physical education and recreation settings. For more information, please contact Michelle Grenier at (603) 862-1835 or email

Certificate Requirements
Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have a valid New Hampshire physical education teaching license or be enrolled in the master in education program at the University of New Hampshire and complete 15 credit hours of specified coursework. A minimum of 15 graduate credits are required for the certificate. Required courses: KIN 831, Inclusive Teaching Through Sport; KIN 742/842, PE Practicum for Students with Disabilities; KIN 895, Advanced Studies.

Please visit the Graduate School website for information about applying to the certificate program.