The goal of the Master of Arts degree program at the University of Maryland is to prepare students in the core specializations within the field of Kinesiology.  Graduates of our program are expected to have an understanding of Kinesiology as a multifaceted discipline and are expected to develop research, teaching, and presentation skills appropriate to their area of specialization. We expect that all graduates will be "good citizens" and act effectively in any professional group. It is expected that current students will monitor requirements and submit required paperwork/forms in a timely manner.  

The Department of Kinesiology’s focus on the interdisciplinary study of physical activity contributes to the broader mission of the School of Public Health by furthering the understanding of the relationship between physical activity and both individual and societal health practices, experiences, and outcomes.  


Master of Arts Degree Competencies:

  1. Students will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology, and be able to analyze their own research and locate it in relation to the broader field of kinesiology, and the aims and objectives of the School of Public Health.
  2. Students will be expected to identify, apply, and critique the range of empirical foci, concepts and theories, and research methodologies, appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.
  3. Students will be expected to originate, develop, and complete individually generated, high quality, and prescient scholarly research appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.

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