Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Science in Kinesiology

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About the Program

The Master Science (M.S.) in Kinesiology offers a Thesis (30 hours) and Non-Thesis (36 hours) option in two major areas of specialization. The degree plan offers 12-hours of core courses, and 12-hours of electives within two areas of specialization.

  1. Human Performance Studies
  2. Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

Degree Plan for Kinesiology Masters Program

Kinesiology Masters Program Degree Plan

Core Courses

KIN 553 Physiology of Exercise KIN 550 Introduction to Research
KIN 545 Current Trends & Issues KIN 585 Research & Statistical Analysis

Human Performance Studies

The Human Performance Studies specialization is designed to prepare individuals for research, advanced graduate education and careers in academic, medical, corporate and clinical settings. It provides the theoretical and experiental framework needed to prepare for American College of Sports Medicine certification exams.

Example Specialization Courses

KIN 544 Supplements & Ergogenic Aids in Society
KIN 555 Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
KIN 560 Biomechanics
KIN 562 Motor Learning
KIN 569 Exercise Psychology
KIN 575 Topics in Exercise and Dietary Psychology
KIN 575 Independent Study
KIN 565 Role of Sports in Society

Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

The Behavioral and Preventive Medicine specialization is an interdisciplinary, research-based program highlighting theoretical and behavioral aspects of and focus on the function of lifestyle behaviors as prevention and treatment of disease and disability. This specialization is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and careers in research, alongside careers in public health, community health, county extension, or corproate wellness.

Example Specialization Courses

KIN 540 Development of Nontraditional Fitness Programs
KIN 543 Theoretical Applications: Health Promotion & Wellness
KIN 544 Supplements & Ergogeneic Aids in Society
KIN 567 Behavioral Medicine
KIN 555 Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
KIN 560 Psychophysiology of Exercise & Sport
KIN 569 Exercise Psychology
KIN 575 Weight Loss and Maintenance

HUMAN PERFORMANCE LAB | Performance for Body, Mind & Life

Graduate students are able to get hands-on clinical and field experience through the Human Performance Lab (HPL). The HPL is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art research, teaching and training facility, specifically designed to measure standardized and innovative physiological and psychological determinants, responses, and performance across numerous interests including:

In addition, the HPL includes psychological and physiologcial aspects of exercise testing and measurement, as it applies to client screening, prescription and behavior change.

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Graduate Enrollment Rules

Graduate students MUST be enrolled in the semester/term in which they are completing a culminating program/degree requirement- comps, thesis.

Graduate students MUST be continuously enrolled (fall, spring, summer I , summer 2) until the thesis is defended, corrections made, and final documents submitted.

Graduate students are accountable for all of the policies, procedures and requirements found in the Graduate Bulletin. The Graduate Bulletin can be accessed via the link on the right side of this page.


Buswell, Deborah Ph.D.
Buswell, Deborah Ph.D. - Associate Professor Educational Background: Dr. Buswell received her doctoral degree from Texas Woman's University in Adapted and Develomental Physical Education, her M.S. degree from Baylor University in physical education, and her B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Maine. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Buswell's research interests include disability sports, inclusion, and teacher preparation. Office: HPE Room 204 Phone: 936.468.3503
Dr. Buswell taught in the public schools for over ten years as an adapted physical educator, a physical educator, and a health teacher prior to moving into higher education.
Drenner, Kelli, Ph.D.
Drenner, Kelli, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr.Drenner received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston , Ph.D. from University of Texas School of Public Health in Public Health. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Drenner's research interests include motivation to change health behavior, interventions in the primary care setting to prevent obesity (nutrition, physical activity & secondary behaviors) and prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections. Office: HPE Room 214 Phone: 936.468.1610
Dr. Drenner has completed a fellowship in the Institute of Community Health Promotion at Brown University. Prior to moving into the teaching role in higher education, she worked in the research setting for 18 years.
Faries, Mark D., Ph.D.
Faries, Mark D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Faries received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A & M, M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in Behavior Health from the University of Texas at Austin. Research/Areas of Interest: Self-Regulation of Physical Activity, Dietary and Weight-Control Behavior; Lifestyle Medicine Office: Education Annex; Room 105 Phone: 936.468.1817
Jones, Eric, Ph.D.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Director, Human Performance Lab Educational Background: Dr. Jones earned his B.S. in Fitness and Sports Medicine from Southeast Missouri State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental Stress, Thermoregulation, Hydration, Muscle Recovery Office: Education Annex Room 107 Phone: 936.468.1864
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D.
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D. - Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rust received her B.S. in Community Health from Oklahoma State University, her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Emporia State University, and her Ed.D. in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rust's professional goal is to make "healthy" the easy choice through policy, environmental change, and system change. Office: HPE Room 215 Phone: 936.468.1495
Sinclair, Christina Ph.D.
Sinclair, Christina Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Sinclair received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, M.Ed. from Sul Ross State University in Administration and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Sinclair's research interests include children's recess physical activity and teacher education, teacher preparation and teacher professional development. Office: HPE Room 221 Phone: 936.468.1721
Dr. Sinclair has 21 years of experience as a physical educator and a teacher educator.
Terry, Miranda, Ph.D.
Terry, Miranda, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Terry received her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Eastern Illinois University, her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and her Ph.D. from Illinois- Urbana- Champaign. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Terry has diverse interests that span Disability Studies and Gender and Women's Studies, and include accessibility, the intersections of abuse, disability, and health, parental rights of people with disabilities, and policy research. Office: HPE Room 217 Phone: 936.468.1721
Thornton, Jay, Ed.D.
Thornton, Jay, Ed.D. - Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator Educational Background: Dr. Thornton received his B.S. and M.Ed. in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Thornton received his Ed.D. from Texas A & M Commerce in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction- Higher Education. Research/Areas of Interest: Promoting physical activity, teaching models and outdoor recreation. Office: HPE Room 218 Phone: 936.468.1641
Before teaching in higher education, Dr. Thornton taught in the public school system for 7 years teaching physics, physical science, physical education and coaching athletics.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Whitehead received his B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. All three degrees were completed at the University of Southern Mississippi. Research/Areas of Interest: Ergogenic Supplements, Novel Training Techniques Office: HPE Room 216 Phone: 936.468.1462
Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.