Kinesiology (M.S.)

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The Department of Kinesiology offers a 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.).

Exercise Science Concentration:

The MS in Kinesiology: Exercise Science prepares individuals for advanced careers in health and fitness promotion and education programs in hospitals, sports medicine centers, wellness clinics, universities, and rehabilitation facilities. Students are also prepared for terminal degree programs in the health professions, basic biology fields, medicine, or other health-related fields. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in every required course and must complete a capstone requirement to finish the degree. Interested students should consult with the option coordinator, Dr. Dain LaRoche.

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Outdoor Education Concentration:

The University of New Hampshire is a leader in graduate education in the field of outdoor experiential education. Our graduates have gone on to run collegiate outdoor programs, pursue Ph.D.'s and join college faculty, design executive leadership programs, direct outdoor education centers, work in non-profit management, administer state and federal projects, lead international programs, and teach in K-12 schools in both the public and private sectors.

The goal of the Master of Science program is to prepare outdoor experiential educators with the skills necessary to become managers and directors of outdoor/experiential education programs, conduct advanced practice, and/or pursue a related degree at the Doctoral level. In addition to core courses, students focus on one of three areas: higher education outdoor programming, youth development outdoor programming, or adventure therapy (through the combined MS/MSW dual degree with Social Work).

Students focusing on higher education outdoor programming gain an understanding of college-level policies, practices, and program structures common to outdoor programs in institutions of higher education, particularly those with outdoor orientation programs (OOPs). Students focusing on youth development outdoor programs learn about contemporary perspectives on youth development, especially related to participation in non-formal educational programs in a variety of outdoor settings and activities. Students focusing on adventure therapy become eligible for licensure and clinical social work practice in wilderness, community-based, or other settings.

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Sport Studies Concentration:

The Kinesiology Sport Studies graduate program focuses on preparing professionals in youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate programs and elite sport agencies to provide extraordinary sport experiences. Providing an understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills within the context of sport is essential in developing sport professionals at UNH. Our curriculum provides a framework of coursework, and the flexibility to focus preparation on careers in coaching or administration or additional graduate study in sport psychology.  In addition, students have opportunities for applied experience and research with faculty. The graduate program in Kinesiology: Sport Studies engages students in learning experiences in the classroom, in applied settings, and in research.  The focus on a theory-to-practice approach is infused throughout the curriculum with the goal that our students will be well prepared professionals as they enter the workforce or further graduate study.

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Integrated M.S.W./M.S. Dual Degree Program

The use of adventure experiences as a therapeutic or socio-educational intervention for clients with mental health needs is well documented.  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.

Prospective graduate students in the SW/KIN 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.

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.  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 a KIN Thesis or Advanced Studies Project in their last semester. Contact Dr. Michael Gass for additional information.

Degree Requirements

All degree candidates will be required to complete courses listed in the Masters Degree Core, the designated concentration core, and electives as required in order to meet the 30-credit minimum necessary for graduation.  In addition to coursework, students follow either the thesis, the non-thesis, or the advanced research plan as described below.


Select one of the following graduate statistics courses or equivalent:
EDUC 881Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making4
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3

Exercise Science Concentration

KIN 896Advanced Research in Exercise Science6
KIN 901Analysis of Professional Literature4
KIN 902Colloquium (two semesters)2-4
Additional elective courses are selected in consultation with academic advisor to meet the 30-credit minimum necessary for graduation 1

Sport Studies Concentration

KIN 880Psychological Factors in Sport4
KIN 843Sport Marketing4
or KIN 840 Athletic Administration
Select one advisor­-approved KIN elective at the 800 or 900 levels3-4
KIN 901Analysis of Professional Literature4
Additional elective courses are selected in consultation with academic advisor to meet the 30-credit minimum necessary for graduation

Outdoor Education Concentration

KIN 883Pysch Factors of Adventure Ed4
KIN 884Historical Foundations of Outdoor Experiential Education4
KIN 885Program Models and Evaluation in Outdoor Education4
KIN 886Organization and Administration of Outdoor Education Programs4
KIN 897Advanced Topics in Outdoor Education2-6
Students pursuing the Higher Education Outdoor Programming focus also must take the following:
KIN 950Internship2-4
RMP 872Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services3
or EDUC 897 Special Topics in Education
One Approved Elective 23-4
Students pursuing the Youth Development Outdoor Programming focus must take the following:
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
One Approved Elective 33-4
Students pursuing the Adventure Therapy focus must be dually enrolled in the MSW program and also take the following:
KIN 882Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming4
For additional information on the dual MS/MSW degree, see Program Description above.

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 begin taking KIN 895 Advanced Studies only after completing at least three approved graduate courses.

Advanced Research Plan

Exercise science students who elect this plan must take a total of 6 credits of KIN 896 Advanced Research in Exercise Science. Outdoor education students who elect this plan must take a total of 6 credits of KIN 897 Advanced Topics in Outdoor Education. In addition, exercise science and outdoor education students must orally present their research to faculty and peers.


KIN 804 Electrocardiography

KIN 805 Topics in Applied Physiology

KIN 806 Neurology

KIN 820 Science and Practice of Strength Training

KIN 822 Applied Biomechanics

KIN 824 Exercise Metabolism: Acute and Chronic Adaptations

KIN 836 Fitness and Graded Exercise Test and Prescription

KIN 837 Exercise Prescription and Leadership in Healthy and Special Populations

KIN 894 Cardiopulmonary Pathologies


Higher Education Outdoor Programming Electives:

EDUC 976 Policy and Governance in Higher Education

RMP 870 Management and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities

RMP 924 Fund Development and Grantwriting

POLT 802 Grant-writing for Public and Non-profit Sectors

GRAD #940 Foundations in College Teaching

GRAD 950 Issues in College Teaching

GRAD 963 College Students and the Undergraduate Culture


Youth Development Outdoor Programming Electives: 

HDFS 846 Human Sexuality

HDFS 876 Children, Adolescents and the Law

HDFS 995 Seminar and Special Problems

EDUC 801 Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology

EDUC 805 Contemporary Educational Perspectives

SW 805 Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice

SW 815 Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People

RMP 830 Camp Administration and Leadership

RMP #868 Theories of Youth Development