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Graduate Bulletin

Kinesiology, Ed.M.

Concentration: Somatic Sciences


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: October 1                                 [August 1 for international applicants]

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendations should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into your abilities and talents, as well as comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be clearly written and well thought out.  It should be approximately 1-2 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores of 500 each are preferred on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.  Occasionally, students with lower totals are accepted if undergraduate work and/or other life experiences suggest a high degree of probability of success in the graduate program.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based.  Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.  Those having taken the paper-based or computer-based test have the additional option of testing out of the English course by taking and passing the SPEAK test at Temple.


An interview is scheduled at a mutually convenient time between the faculty interviewer(s) and the applicant. Master's applicants may interview by telephone if an on-campus visit is difficult to arrange.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Relevant graduate courses taken at other accredited universities may be considered for transfer credit to the student's program. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30 or 33; 37 for Athletic Training

Required Courses:

One Research Methods course and one Statistics course are required; other requirements vary by program area.

For the Athletic Training area:

Kinesiology 443:  Orthopaedics in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Kinesiology 444:  Rehabilitation Methods and Techniques for Sports-Related Injuries

Kinesiology 446:  AT/SM Practicum B: Experience in an Affiliated Setting

Kinesiology 447:  AT/SM Practicum A

Kinesiology 448:  Advanced Laboratory Techniques

Kinesiology 449:  Cadaver Anatomy

Kinesiology 501:  Biomechanics

Kinesiology 649:  Seminar in AT/SM

Kinesiology 901:  Research Methods

Kinesiology 960:  Master's Research

MED 502:  Introduction to Biostatistics

Electives (3 credits)

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

If the student selects this option, s/he should be able to demonstrate competence in the general discipline of Kinesiology and in her/his sub-specialty area. Students complete a six-hour examination in one day, with three hours devoted to six general questions about Kinesiology and three hours to two specific questions about their sub-specialty area.

The comprehensive exam is taken at the end of the master's program upon completion of all coursework. Faculty members write the questions, depending on the student's area(s) of concentration. The exam is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and faculty. It is proctored by the faculty. Evaluation is pass/fail by the faculty who write the exam questions. The student must answer both the written questions satisfactorily and the oral follow-up with the faculty who wrote the questions.


The thesis is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to collect data and present results in a scholarly manner. Students schedule a defense with their three-person committee after the thesis advisor has approved the thesis as ready for the defense. Overall evaluation is pass/fail, with recommendations for improvements of the thesis as a result of faculty review and discussion at the thesis defense.

Project Option:

The project option is a written document, which may be a research project, literature review, program plan, etc. It is a 3-credit option. The project option is designed to provide more flexibility for students who wish to complete a written paper, but who do not necessarily want to engage in research at the level expected for a thesis. Evaluation of the project is by a two-person committee as pass/fail, based on the written document and an oral presentation.

Clinical Internship/Practicum Option:

The Clinical Internship/Practicum is a 300-hour supervised applied experience. It is a 6-credit option. (As of Fall 2005, the Clinical Internship/Practicum option is only available for Exercise Physiology and Exercise and Sport Psychology students.) The Clinical Internship/Practicum offers students the opportunity to engage in more applied work. Evaluation of the Clinical Internship/Practicum experience is by the major professor, based on a submitted portfolio of materials completed during the experience.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Dr. Michael Sachs


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Michael Sachs


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Michael Sachs



Dr. Michael Sitler


About the Program

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to advance comprehensive inquiry into, and understanding of, human movement in all of its forms and implications. The program primarily trains academicians but also clinicians/practitioners in some areas. The program offers an opportunity to engage in coursework as well as research and applied work across a range of subdisciplines within the discipline of Kinesiology.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Classes are occasionally offered at Fort Washington.  Elective classes are also offered at the Center City, Ambler, and Health Sciences Center campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Interdisciplinary study is available within the department as well as through other departments in the University.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



While rankings of individual programs and the department are not conducted in the profession, the programs at Temple University have excellent reputations. For example, the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine area is one of only three programs in the country with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level training as well as NATA-accredited undergraduate and graduate programs.


The master's program/concentration in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine is accredited by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Areas of Specialization:

The program has two primary areas of concentration: Behavioral Sciences and Somatic Sciences. Students of Behavioral Science can focus on the Psychology of Human Movement (of which Exercise and Sport Psychology is the major area) or Curriculum and Instruction. Students of Somatic Science can focus on Athletic Training/Sports Medicine or Exercise Physiology. Work across the two areas of Behavioral and Somatic Sciences is also possible and encouraged.

Job Placement:

Students find positions in a variety of settings, including teaching and coaching, as well as in research and clinical settings. Many students pursue doctoral degrees.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are welcome to take classes in the department, assuming they have the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in the classes.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantship duties include, but are not limited to, teaching activity courses in a variety of movement forms and sports; teaching laboratory sections of undergraduate courses such as Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise, and Human Anatomy and Physiology; supervising student teachers; serving as a research assistant in the Biokinetic Research Laboratory; or serving as an administrative assistant to one of the department administrators.

Updated 3.3.06