Sport Science

The Department of Sport Science (SPTSCI) offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Administration prepares the student interested in administration of athletic programs at the youth sport, high school, collegiate, and professional levels.  
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science prepares students interested in the exercise industry to become certified exercise professionals.

Information for the Master of Science in Kinesiology 

The Sport Administration concentration is offered fully online and provides the student with a flexible curriculum to meet specific needs and interests. The Exercise Science concentration is a mix of face-to-face and online courses to provide application based lab experiences. 

  • Admission to the Program
    • Undergraduate GPA Requirement - Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or greater (last 60 hours) are eligible for admission to the MS in Kinesiology program and are EXEMPT from the standardized entrance exam (GRE or MAT) requirement.  Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.50 (last 60 hours) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Contact the Kinesiology Graduate Director for more information.
    • Undergraduate Degree - An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology is highly recommended for students seeking admission to the Kinesiology graduate program.  Contact the Kinesiology Graduate Director for more information.
    • Application - All interested students should submit their application online at http://www.tarleton.edu/graduate/ .
  • Degree Plan
    • Faculty members in the School of Kinesiology serve as academic advisors for graduate students.  After completion of at least 12 semester hours and full admission to the graduate program, the student shall select a chairperson of the advisory committee.  In consultation with the chairperson, the remainder of the advisory committee will be selected.  Provided all academic requirements have been met, a degree plan will be filed and admission to candidacy granted. The advisory committee has the responsibility for the degree program and comprehensive portfolio of the student prior to conferral of the degree. 
    • The Master of Science in Kinesiology is a 30 credit hour program (non-thesis) or 33 credit hour program (thesis).  Students must complete a minimum of 24 graduate hours within Kinesiology.  
  • Satisfactory Progress
    • Students must make a “C” or better in all coursework and maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Comprehensive Portfolio
    • All Kinesiology graduate students must submit a comprehensive portfolio during the semester in which graduation is anticipated.  Failure to submit a quality portfolio will result in a written exam as well as an oral presentation.  Students who do not pass the written exam and/or the oral presentation will be required to enroll for and pass a 3-hour course during the following semester.  Comprehensive Portfolios are due during the semester in which graduation is anticipated:   Fall - October 15; Spring - March 15; Summer - June 15.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Required Courses
KINE 5303Research in Kinesiology3
KINE 5399Internship3
Total Hours6
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Sport Administration
Select 24 HRS of the following:24
Advanced Psychological Aspects of Sports
Principles of Sport Organization
Administration of Athletics
School and Community Health
Social Psychology in Sports
Contemporary Issues in Sports Medicine
Administrative Practices in Sports Medicine
Special Topics in Sports Medicine
Leadership and Professional Development
Facilities in Kinesiology, Athletics, and Recreation
Adapted Exercise and Sport
Statistics in Kinesiology
Advanced Principles of Athletic Coaching
Law for Sport and Recreation
History of Sport and Physical Education
Seminar
Problems
Thesis
Total Hours24

Courses

KINE 5086. Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Directed study of selected problems in Kinesiology.

KINE 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is scheduled when the student begins the thesis. No credit is given until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite: KINE 5301.

KINE 5301. Readings in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of published reports and research in the field of Kinesiology.

KINE 5302. Advanced Psychological Aspects of Sports. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to help students both learn and apply practical and theoretical information as it relates to psychology of sport. Mental training skills that can enhance athletic performance will be included. Additional areas include stress, motivation, goal-setting, leadership, imagery, and self-efficacy.

KINE 5303. Research in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is designed to prepare students for research publication and presentation within the Kinesiology discipline.

KINE 5304. Principles of Sport Organization. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to teach the functions of organization and management in a sport context as well as traditional and contemporary principles and theories thereof.

KINE 5305. Administration of Athletics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the administrative functions of directors of athletic programs. Liability laws, financial administration, personnel, public relations, and state laws governing athletic programs will be explored.

KINE 5306. School and Community Health. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the critical health issues facing schools and communities.

KINE 5310. Social Psychology in Sports. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course gives students a basic overview of sports psychology, covering aspects such as confidence, focus, mental training, visualization, peak performance, and the mind-body connection. It also examines the differences between group and individual sports and the mindsets of the prototypical athletes who engage in them. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

KINE 5312. Contemporary Issues in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of contemporary issues as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5313. Administrative Practices in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination and application of administrative practices related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5314. Special Topics in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of selected special topics as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5315. Education and Research in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the application of strategies and technology to enhance Sports Medicine education and of selected research topics as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5316. Leadership and Professional Development in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study and application of the concepts and principles of leadership and professional development as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5317. Leadership and Professional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course designed to prepare students for the leadership roles related to Kinesiology and Athletics. Issues in Professional development will also be examined.

KINE 5325. Exercise Prescription Through the Lifespan. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Advanced course in clinical exercise testing and prescription relative to children, healthy adults, and diseases of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic systems. It is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the pathophysiology and exercise responses in these populations and as related to the American College of Sports Medicine.

KINE 5326. Facilities in Kinesiology, Athletics, and Recreation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles, terminology, and standards for planning, constructing, and maintaining kinesiology, athletic, and recreation facilities.

KINE 5328. Adapted Exercise and Sport. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of muscle re-education and the application of exercise to orthopedic, muscular, and neurological disorders. Principles of planning and directing adapted and therapeutic exercise and sport programs.

KINE 5336. Statistics in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in a variety of health-related and athletic-related tests. Test construction, reliablility, validity, and objectivity methods will be studied.

KINE 5340. Motor Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the theories and practical applications of human motor performance and achievement.

KINE 5342. Advanced Principles of Athletic Coaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is designed to present knowledge essential for coaching any level (youth, recreational, club, elite, and professional) athlete in any sport. Emphasis is on a comprehensive approach to the foundations and theories of coaching including development of a coaching philosophy, determining coaching objectives, coaching for character, coaching diverse athletes, motivational techniques, as well as, principles of teaching, physical training, and management.

KINE 5343. Law for Sport and Recreation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines legal issues related to the administration and management of athletic, and recreation programs. Issues include the area of tort, constitutional, contract, employment, and statutory law. Also discussed are the issues of intellectual property, products liability, and antitrust. Case law is used to illustrate the application of the law in everyday situations.

KINE 5370. History of Sport and Physical Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of physical education and sports from the origins in Ancient Greece to the present. The emphasis on social and cultural developments that contributed to the growth of physical education and sports in the modern world.

KINE 5385. Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of various topics related to Kinesiology.

KINE 5399. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 7 Hours).

Supervised experience in related fields in Kinesiology.

Dr. Chet Martin
Department of Sport Science - School of Kinesiology
Tarleton State University
Wisdom Gym / Box T-0370
Stephenville 76402
(254) 968-9346
rmartin@tarleton.edu
https://www.tarleton.edu/kinesiology/sports-science.html

Dr. Tom Tallach
Department of Sport Science - School of Kinesiology
Tarleton State University
Wisdom Gym / Box T-0370
Stephenville 76402
(254) 968-9347
tallach@tarleton.edu
https://www.tarleton.edu/kinesiology/sports-science.html

Professor emeritus

  • Dr. Joe Gillespie

Professors

  • Dr. Chet Martin
  • Dr. Kayla Peak
  • Dr. Joe Priest
  • Dr. Wendell Sadler
  • Dr. Steve Simpson

Associate professors

  • Dr. Matt Laurent
  • Dr. Jarrod Schenewark
  • Dr. Tom Tallach

Assistant professors

  • Dr. Sharon-Tiffany Bowers
  • Dr. Kelsey McEntyre
  • Dr. Colin Pennington
  • Dr. Andy Wolfe