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Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology

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About the Program

The Master Science (M.S.) in Kinesiology/Human Performance Studies offers a Thesis (30 hours) and Non-Thesis (36 hours) option. The degree is designed to prepare individuals for research, advanced graduate education and careers in academic, medical, corporate and clinical settings.

This program provides the theoretical and experiential framework needed to prepare for American College of Sports Medicine certification exams.



Graduate Enrollment Rules

The first Monday of the month prior to the start of school is the deadline to apply for the Graduate program in Kinesiology.

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.

Degree Plan for Kinesiology Masters Program

Core Courses
KINE 5353 Physiology of Exercise KINE 5350 Introduction to Research
KINE 5355 Lab Techniques in Exercise Sci KINE 5385 Research & Statistical Analysis

Example Specialization Courses
KINE 5344 Supplements & Ergogenic Aids in Society
KINE 5345 Current Trends and Issues
KINE 5360 Psychophysiology
KINE 5352 Scientific Basis of Sports
KINE 5369 Exercise Psychology
KINE 5102 Cardiovascular Physiology
KINE 5175 Independent Study

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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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.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D.
Jones, Eric, Ph.D. - 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
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D.
Joubert, Dustin, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Joubert earned his B.S. and M.A. in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Texas A & M. Research/Areas of Interest: Endurance Exercise Performance, Blood Pressure and Vascular Health. Office: Education Annex Room 104 Phone: 936.468.1380
Rowe, James
Rowe, James - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rowe received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Angelo State University, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University and his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rowe's research interests include the influence of diet and exercise risk factors for metabolic diseases such as heart disease and diabetics. Office: Education Annex Room 108 Phone: 936.468.7098
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
Thornton, Jay, Ed.D.
Thornton, Jay, Ed.D. - Associate Professor 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 225 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, Robyn Ph.D.
Whitehead, Robyn Ph.D. - Assistant Professor Office: HPE 216 Phone: 936.468.1641
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D.
Whitehead, Todd, Ph.D. - Associate 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 225 Phone: 936.468.1462

Dr. Whitehead has 9 years teaching experience in higher education and includes Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.