Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition (MC 517)
1919 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7256
Campus Location: 650 AHSB
Program Codes: 20FS0351MS
Telephone: (312) 996-4600
Web Site: http://www.ahs.uic.edu/kn
Head of the Department: Charles Walter
Director of Graduate Studies: Ziaul Hasan
The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers work leading to degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.
Kinesiology, nutrition, and rehabilitation are multidisciplinary fields that draw upon and integrate subject matter from a variety of disciplines. The master’s degree program in Kinesiology as a terminal degree (i.e., not leading to a PhD) is most appropriate for students who wish to apply and critically evaluate their knowledge through practice in healthcare or industry settings and can be combined, for example, with focused course work in other fields such as public health, toxicology, business, or education. Doctoral studies are also available and are designed to lead to academic research and teaching careers or to research careers in government or industry.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:
- Baccalaureate Field Applicants for graduate study may come from the entire spectrum of undergraduate fields, or from other health professions such as medicine or nursing. Some applicants may not meet all course prerequisites without having to take selected additional undergraduate course work. Minimum prerequisites for full admission to graduate study can be obtained from the department.
- Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study (3.25 preferred); and 3.50/4.00 for all graduate work.
- Tests Required GRE General, with minimum verbal score of 151 (460 for tests taken before August 2011) and quantitative score of 150 (630 for tests taken before August 2011).
- Minimum English Competency Test Score
- TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL), OR,
- IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
- Letters of Recommendation Three required.
- Personal Statement Required.
In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:
Master of Science in Kinesiology—concentrations in Applied Exercise Physiology; and Motor Control and Biomechanics
- Minimum Semester Hours Required 32 for thesis or project options. 40 for course-work-only.
- Course Work MS students completing a thesis or project will generally take 27 hours of course work and independent research and then earn 5 hours for the thesis or project.
- Students who complete the 40-hour, course-work-only option are required to take at least 12 hours at the 500-level.
- All MS students are required to take KN 500—Evidence-Based Practice in Kinesiology and Nutrition.
- The required courses in each concentration are as follows:
- Applied Exercise Physiology: KN 552, 545, and 594.
- Motor Control and Biomechanics: KN 472, KN/PT 571, KN 572, and KN/PT 574.
- Remaining hours can be met by kinesiology and nutrition electives, cognates, or independent research projects. Grades lower than B in the required concentration courses will not be counted toward the degree. In addition, students cannot graduate with a grade of less than B in any of the required concentration courses; students earning less than a B must retake the course until a grade of B or higher is earned, but receiving two grades lower than B in the same concentration course will result in dismissal from the graduate program.
- Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Students select the thesis, project, or course-work-only option.
- Thesis: A minimum of 5 hours of KN 598 is required; generally 6 hours are taken.
- Project: A minimum of 5 hours of KN 597 is required; generally 6 hours are taken.
- Course Work Only: 40 hours course work only.