College of Health Professions

Kinesiology (M.S.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Kinesiology?

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program at Towson University is designed for the PK – 12 physical education teacher who desires to strengthen teaching performance in ways that positively impact student learning. As such, the program addresses the following broad areas:

  • Research methodology and research design suitable to the profession of physical education
  • Critical evaluation of current research pertaining to physical education pedagogy
  • Evaluation of physical education teacher effectiveness
  • Development, implementation, and analysis of assessment tools in physical education
  • Design, implementation, and analysis of physical education curriculum to identify strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for improvement

Graduates of the program are positioned to influence the teaching of physical education in their own classroom as well as improve or influence practices and initiatives in the instruction of physical education at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, interested graduates are viable candidates for pursuing National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification.

The Kinesiology program has a limited number of graduate and research assistantships. Students who wish to obtain support are recommended to discuss research opportunities with members of the faculty prior to entering the program. While support sometimes becomes available during the year, most is assigned prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. Students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the program director.

Online Option

The graduate program in Kinesiology aims to meet the needs of practicing physical education teachers and physical activity advocates. Given the demands on working professionals, the bulk of this program will be offered online. Four of the courses will require real-time face-to-face attendance one or two times per semester. The remainder of the required courses will held in completely virtual formats. Virtual content delivery will be accomplished through a combination of real-time sessions and independent work. The balance between the real-time and independent work will be determined for each course based on the most appropriate method for the instructor, the content, and what students need to successfully master course content.

Important Information for Non-Maryland Residents
Towson University is not authorized to conduct distance education programs in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. However, residents of these states may enroll in distance education courses if they are in residence in Maryland and are concurrently enrolled in face-to-face courses on the Towson University campus.

Off-Campus Locations

This program is also offered through the Towson Learning Network to employees of local school systems at various off-campus locations. Visit the Towson Learning Network to get information about applying to the program.

Towson University: Masters of Science in Kinesiology

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