The graduate program in the Department of Kinesiology features a dynamic faculty trained in the finest American universities with established international reputations for scholarship and leading-edge teaching techniques. During the past few years, the department has acquired approximately one million dollars of new research and instructional equipment and state-of-the-art instruction computing center. The department also operates a fully equipped fitness facility where both graduate and undergraduate students can seek employment and gain valuable professional experience while obtaining an education.
The Master's Degree in the Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to the development of educators and scholars through a program of guided research in the study of human movement. Graduate study is primarily designed to inspire independence of mind and originality in the quest for knowledge, truth, and useful application. Candidates for a master's degree are required to demonstrate mastery in their option area either through independent research culminating in an acceptable thesis and/or through successfully passing a final written and oral comprehensive examination. The graduate student will derive broadened knowledge and perspectives; be stimulated to continually extend his/her intellectual boundaries; apply scientific knowledge in physical education settings; and become prepared for positions of leadership in the school community and profession.
The graduate curriculum is designed to provide the student advanced study in a sub-discipline of Kinesiology. Upon completion of graduate education, a student will be prepared to: (1) demonstrate an understanding of concepts and inter-relationships of the various facets of the discipline; (2) acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specific sub-discipline or of the general discipline; (3) exhibit appropriate proficiency in oral and written communication; (4) demonstrate an ability to critically analyze published research; (5) design, conduct, and report scholarly research; (6) perceive problems in the discipline and independently pursue learning beyond the confines of the curricular requirements; (7) contribute to the discipline through the development of new ideas and insights.
A student who plans to become a candidate for a master's degree in KIN must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority. The student must have completed undergraduate course work substantially equivalent to that required at California State University, Long Beach in Kinesiology, or must be prepared to undertake additional work to make up any deficiency. All graduate degree programs are based upon preparation in the discipline at the undergraduate level. All courses listed in a master's degree program, including those outside the major field, must be graduate or upper-division courses approved by the graduate coordinator. Undergraduate preparation is considered adequate if a candidate has met the upper-division requirements of this University in the subject matter area of the master's degree program.
The graduate Studies Program in Kinesiology at California State University Long Beach will: (1) provide advanced educational preparation to individuals who aspire to teach coach or administrate in school systems; (2) provide advanced research oriented educational preparation for individuals who aspire to obtain faculty appointments at the Community College or University levels of higher education and for students who desire to pursue the doctoral degree; (3) provide advanced coursework in selected areas of specialized study for students pursuing interdisciplinary interests; (4) provide advanced coursework in selected areas of specialized study for individuals who aspire to become physical activity specialists employed in the community or clinics outside of the school setting; (5) provide coursework in selected areas of specialized study to add breadth and educational experience for the physical educator and provide advanced coursework in selected areas of specialized study to expand an individuals spectrum of knowledge.
Upon completion of graduate education a student will be prepared to: (1) demonstrate an understanding of concepts and interrelationships of the various facets of the discipline; (2) acquire an in depth knowledge of a specific area or of the general discipline; (3) exhibit appropriate proficiency in oral and written communication; (4) demonstrate an ability to critically analyze published research; (5) design conduct and report scholarly research; (6) perceive problems in the discipline and independently pursue learning beyond the confines of the curricular requirements; (7) contribute to the discipline through the development of new ideas and insights