Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation

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.

Why HSU?

  • Fully online
  • Can be completed in one year – 8 or 16 week semesters
  • Customizable to fit career goals, 21 elective hours
  • $495 per credit hour – affordable, high-quality education
  • Financial aid available
  • Connect to faculty, peers, and course work
  • Faculty and staff walk alongside you in developing a deeper relationship with God

National Strength Conditioning Association logoThe 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.

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Lindsay Edwards-Graduate Program Director for Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Program

Dr. Lindsay Spindler

Graduate Program Director for Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Program, Associate Professor of KSPR

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  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation (KSPR)

Why earn a Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation at HSU?

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Variety of Perspectives

“The program as a whole is amazing and very challenging. It challenged me to question my own thinking and methods and taught me how to grow on my own once I have graduated from HSU.” – Leo Simonetti, December 2018, M.S.

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Career Training

“I think that overall the KSPR program is a great program! I learned a wide variety of information that is extremely useful for my professional career and I look forward to applying it.” – Allison Kuster, August 2020, M.S.

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Fully Online

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.

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Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses

  • KSPR 6391 – Applied Professional Experience
  • KSPR 6305 – Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
  • KSPR 6300 – Evidence Based Research

Students can then choose the remaining 21 hours from the courses within the areas of human performance, recreation, and sport administration.

Exercise Science & Human Performance Concentration

  • KSPR 6361 Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • KSPR 6350 Training for Fitness and Performance
  • KSPR 6301 Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • KSPR 6327 Sport & Exercise Psychology and Counseling
  • KSPR 6360 Sport Performance Enhancement
  • KSPR 6309 Biomechanics
  • KSPR 6326 Sport Nutrition

Recreation and Sport Administration Concentration

  • KSPR 6307 Organization and Administration of Athletics
  • KSPR 6312 Aspects of Recreational Sports Programming
  • KSPR 6313 Financial Aspects of Sport and Recreation
  • KSPR 6314 Sport Law
  • KSPR 6315 Facilities
  • KSPR 6316 Principles of Sport and Recreation Management
  • Elective – 3hrs


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.

  • KSPR 6325 Philosophy & Foundations of Coaching

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).

Submission of:

  • a resume,
  • three letters of recommendation (HSU students applying must have at least one of the three letters of recommendation from a faculty member in their major department),
  • a written statement of professional purpose and goals, and
  • a personal (or telephone) interview with the program director are required of all prospective graduate students in KSPR.

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.

Our graduates have gone on to work with outstanding organizations including:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Weber State University
  • Abilene Christian University
  • MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League System
  • Metropolitan Recreation Departments

Lindsay Edwards-Graduate Program Director for Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation ProgramDr. 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.