The Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation (KSPR), guided by Christian faith and values, is designed to provide theoretical learning that is integrated into real life experiences of students. Courses within the degree use evidence based research to 1) enhance the careers of students who are currently working in the field, and 2) prepare students for future educational endeavors and professional growth in the field of kinesiology, sport, and recreation.
This degree requires 30 credits for completion and is delivered in an online format. Courses are offered in two 8 weeks sessions during the long semesters (Fall, Spring) and two 7 week sessions during the summer (Summer 1, Summer 2). Students taking 6 hours are considered full time.
The Exercise Science and Human Performance concentration in the KSPR program at Hardin-Simmons University is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program. The “ERP” logo is a trademark of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States and/or other countries.
“My KSPR experience provided me with a variety of perspectives and endless career applications for the education I received
from Hardin-Simmons University.” Madison Ryals, Dec. ’14 – Exercise Physiologist at Baylor Scott & White
“After going through the KSPR Program at HSU, I realize how valuable the education was as it has prepared me to start off my career in the human performance and athletic development realm.” Drew Cuffee, Dec. ‘13 – Performance Specialist at Michael Johnson Performance
The KSPR degree is fully-online, but also designed to connect students to faculty, peers, and course work. Faculty and staff also walk alongside you in developing a deeper relationship with God.
"Even though the classes were online, the professors still cared about me."
All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Students can then choose the remaining 21 hours from the courses within the areas of human performance, recreation, and sport administration.
This is not a concentration but allows students to select 21 hours from any of the courses listed in the concentrations above or from courses listed below.
All applicants for the Master of Science degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
The evaluation criteria include but are not limited to undergraduate GPA (2.75 or 3.0 last 60 hours), undergraduate academic record, resume, writing sample, letters of recommendation, personal interview, and GRE scores (upon request).
The KSPR degree prepares graduates for careers in areas of wellness, sport performance enhancement/strength and conditioning, health, fitness and recreation, facilities and programs, athletic administration, sport marketing, recreation, professional sport management, and coaching.
Dr. Lindsay Spindler, assistant professor of fitness and sport sciences, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. She completed her Master of Education degree at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology from the University of Houston.
During her tenure at the University of Houston, she served as a research assistant at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center, working with veterans with physical disabilities. She also consults with Intelligen, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health and function of those who are disabled.
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