Kinesiology - Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Athletic Training - Mission, Goals, and Outcome Measures

Program Mission

The mission of The University of Texas at Arlington Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is to provide an active learning environment for students to acquire the critical thinking and clinical decision making skills necessary for a successful career in the ever evolving health care system.

The program of study leading to the Master of Athletic Training (MSAT) is designed to accomplish five major goals:

Program Goal #1

To prepare students to pass the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) exam.

Outcome measure:

  1. Overall BOC passing rates for program graduates.

Program Goal #2

To prepare students to pass the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers’ (TABAT) state licensure exam.

Outcome measure:

  1. Overall TABAT passing rates for program graduates.

Program Goal #3

Prepare students to achieve competence and strive for excellence in evidence-based clinical practice.

Outcome measures:

  1. Psychomotor skill evaluations
  2. Didactic and laboratory final exams
  3. Simulated patient assessments
  4. Overall clinical performance evaluations

Program Goal #4

To prepare students to recognize the value and importance of promoting the athletic training profession.

Outcome Measures:

  1. Percentage of current students who are actively involved in the Maverick Society of Athletic Training Students (MSATS).
  2. Percentage of current students who are members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA).
  3. Percentage of program alumni who maintain the membership in the NATA, SWATA, and the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA).
  4. Percentage of program alumni who are currently involved, or have been involved in the past, in professional service (committees, task forces, volunteer projects, etc.) to the NATA, SWATA, or TSATA.

Program Goal #5

To facilitate students’ efforts in locating and securing an athletic training job or placement in a graduate school.

Outcome measure:

  1. Annual student placement rates.

For specific information regarding graduate study in the Department of Kinesiology, please contact the Graduate Advisor at 817.272.3288 or by e-mail at kinegradcoord@uta.edu.

Master of Science in Exercise Science - Objective

The program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science is designed to accomplish two major objectives:

  1. To provide students with the academic and research skills needed for doctoral study in kinesiology, exercise science, physiology of exercise, postural control, athletic training or biomechanics.
  2. To prepare students for employment in clinically-oriented environments that place an emphasis on research-based practice such as cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning or sports medicine.

Current departmental faculty members have been academically trained in, and are actively publishing in the areas of physiology of exercise, postural control, athletic training, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, physical education(pedagogy), pulmonary physiology, motor-learning , and the general areas of allied health sciences. The ongoing research in these areas provides the primary focus for the M.S. program. Program graduates will be well prepared to work as researchers in laboratories and to enroll in doctoral programs in these content areas.

Students are encouraged to present their research at state and national meetings of the following organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The M.S. degree, combined with supervised clinical experience, will assist students in their preparation for national certification exams.

Admission Requirements for M.S. in Athletic Training

Unconditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Kinesiology, Exercise Science or related field).
  • Admission to The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Submission of GRE scores (the following scores are preferred but not required:

    Verbal - 150 [450], Math 141 [450].

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Completion of Graduate Athletic Training Application.
  • Interview with MSAT Admissions Committee.
  • Completed Technical Standards Forms.
  • Physical Exam and Immunization Records (including Hepatitis B)
  • Current Health Care Provider CPR Certification (AHA).3 MSAT reference forms on file.
  • Submit documentation of 25 hours of clinical observation in an athletic training setting.
  • Meet application deadline of February 1st (or early deadline of December 1st for following summer admission).
  • International applicants must meet the Office of Graduate Studies minimum scores for admission for teh TOEFL, TSE, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS test: A score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section are required.

Probationary Admission

Applicants failing to meet the unconditional admission criteria may be considered for probationary admission, in which case the following additional criteria will also be considered by the MSAT Admissions Committee:

  • Professionally relevant experience.
  • A sample of technical writing may be requested.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first two long (Fall and Spring) semesters of enrollment in the graduate program.

Required Prerequisites (grade of C or better)

  • Care and Prevention of Injuries
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition

Preferred Prerequisites (grade of C or better)

  • Physics I
  • Chemistry I
  • Medical Terminology

Retention Criteria

MSAT students’ academic and clinical progress will be closely monitored each semester by the MSAT Program Director and the MSAT Clinical Education Coordinator. In order to remain in the MSAT program, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in athletic training core courses.
  3. Adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics and to the MSAT Policies and Procedure Manual.

* Students who fail to meet the retention criteria will be placed on probation in the MSAT program for one semester. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students who earn a grade of C or lower in any required course must repeat that course and earn a grade of B or higher in order to remain in the program. Failure to repeat the course, or earn a grade of B or better, will result in dismissal from the program.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer up to six hours of elective graduate coursework. No transfer credit will be awarded for any of the athletic training core courses.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding UT Arlington graduates with a degree in Kinesiology or related fields (such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Nursing, Computer Science, or Engineering) may qualify for a waiver of the requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To qualify, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor’s degree program at UT Arlington no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). A commensurate bachelor’s degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master’s degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successfuly completionof the bachelor’s degree.
  2. The student’s UT Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in the following calculations:
    • As calculated for admission by the Office of Graduate Studies;
    • Overall;
    • In the major field; and
    • In all upper-division work.

      Applicants qualifying for waiver of GRE who do not qualify for advance admission, must comply with all other requirements for admission, i.e., submitting the application, paying fees, providing official transcripts from other institutions, and meeting any requirements established by the admitting graduate program. The GRE waive must be recommended by the Graduate Advisor at the time of admission.

Degree Requirements for M.S. in Athletic Training

All students accepted into the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program will complete 52 hours of coursework. Students then have the option of selecting 6-9 hours of electives.

Required Coursework

The following courses will be required for completion of the MSAT degree program.

Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH

KINE 5120ATHLETIC TRAINING CLINICAL I1
KINE 5130Clinical Athletic Training II1
KINE 5140Clinical Athletic Training III1
KINE 5150Clinical Athletic Training IV1
KINE 5160Clinical Athletic Training V1
KINE 5220PREVENTATIVE AND ACUTE CARE TECHNIQUES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING2
KINE 5300RESEARCH METHODS IN KINESIOLOGY3
KINE 5305APPLIED STATISTICAL PRINCIPLES IN KINESIOLOGY3
KINE 5329STRENGTH & CONDITIONING IN SPORT AND PERFORMANCE3
KINE 5333Health Care Administration3
KINE 5334Seminar in Athletic Training3
KINE 5420CONCEPTS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING4
KINE 5430ORTHOPEDIC ASSESSMENT I4
KINE 5431Orthopedic Assessment II4
KINE 5432PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY4
KINE 5433THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS I4
KINE 5434THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS II4
Total Hours46

The elective courses listed below are inted to provide MSAT students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in select areas related to athletic training. The independent research courses (KINE 5196 LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE and KINE 5396 RESEARCH IN ATHLECTIC TRAINING) are specifically designed to provide students with additional research experiences, particularly those studens who may be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree.

Prefix and Number Prescribed Elective Courses

Select two of the following:6
LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
RESEARCH IN ATHLECTIC TRAINING
INTERNSHIP ATHLETIC TRAINING
ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
OBESITY & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
SPORT NUTRITION
APPLIED BIOMECHANICS
Total Hours6

Admission Requirements for M.S. in Exercise Science

Unconditional Admission

  1. Minimum GRE quantitative score of 144 (500 on old scale) and verbal score of 153 (500 on old scale).
  2. 3.0 GPA for the degree and/or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  3. Undergraduate and/or graduate course work related to kinesiology.
  4. 3.0 GPA on all graduate work.
  5. 3 letters of reference on file.
  6. International applicants must meet the Office of Graduate Studies minimum scores for admission for the TOEFL, TSE, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS test: A score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section are required.
  7. To be eligible for a graduate teaching assistantship, international students must submit a TSE score of at least 45, or a score on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT of at least 23 or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS. Alternatively, students who have not taken the TSE, or who have failed to attain a score of 23 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a score of 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, may achieve a score of at least 45 on the SEA examination administered by the University of Texas at Arlington’s Assessment Services Office.

Probationary Admission

Applicants failing to meet the unconditional admission GRE criteria or having a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission, in which case the following additional criteria will also be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee:

  1. Professionally relevant experience
  2. A sample of technical writing may be requested

Applicants admitted on probation will be required to maintain a B or better average during their first 9 hours of graduate study. A Graduate Advisor within the Department of Kinesiology will review transcripts of prospective students to determine what prerequisites are needed prior to enrollment in courses within the proposed program. If deficiencies are identified, a pre-program of study designed to prepare the student for graduate course prerequisites will be written and signed by the prospective student and the Graduate Advisor.

Applicants seeking admission to an educator preparation program in the College of Education and Health Professions may be denied admission or readmission to those programs if they have been suspended or expelled from the University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding UT Arlington graduates with a degree in Kinesiology or related fields (such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering) may qualify for a waiver of the requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To qualify, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor’s degree program at UT Arlington no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). A commensurate bachelor’s degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master’s degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  2. The student’s UT Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in the following calculations:
    • as calculated for admission by the Office of Graduate Studies;
    • overall;
    • in the major field; and
    • in all upper-division work.

Applicants qualifying for waiver of GRE who do not qualify for advanced admission, must comply with all other requirements for admission, i.e., submitting the application for admission, paying fees, providing official transcripts from other institutions, and meeting any requirements established by the admitting graduate program. The GRE waiver must be recommended by the Graduate Advisor at the time of admission.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Kinesiology offers graduate teaching and graduate research assistantships. Assistantships are contingent upon prior acceptance to the Graduate School. Graduate Assistant applicant evaluation begins on February 1 and continues until all positions are filled. Please direct all inquires to the graduate program director Dr. Mark Ricard at ricard@uta.edu.

Degree Requirements for M.S. in Exercise Science

All students accepted into the Master of Science in Exercise Science program will complete 36 hours of coursework consisting of 15-18 semester hours in exercise science, which includes completing either KINE 5389 RESEARCH MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION or KINE 5698 THESIS. Students then have the option of selecting 18-21 hours of electives. Detailed information concerning the plan of work is available on the Department of Kinesiology website: www.uta.edu/coehp/kinesiology.

Required Coursework
KINE 5300RESEARCH METHODS IN KINESIOLOGY3
KINE 5305APPLIED STATISTICAL PRINCIPLES IN KINESIOLOGY3
KINE 5320ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
KINE 5323MOTOR CONTROL AND LEARNING3
KINE 5389RESEARCH MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION3-6
or KINE 5698 THESIS
Elective Coursework
Select six to seven of the following (based on thesis or non-thesis track):18-21
METABOLISM & EXERCISE BIOCHEMISTRY
CARDIOCIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
PULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING IN SPORT AND PERFORMANCE
OBESITY & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
SPORT NUTRITION
APPLIED BIOMECHANICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE INTERNSHIP
RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY
Total Hours33-39

Coursework that is more than six years old at the time of graduation or teacher/administrator certification program completion cannot be used toward meeting the requirements for a master’s degree or graduate-level certification. Master’s degree and graduate-level certification programs must be completed within six years (time in military service excluded) from initial registration in the Graduate School. Appropriate state exams and application to the State Board for Educator Certification for a standard certificate must be made within six months of completion of residency/practicum/program. If a candidate allows the six-month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or exams will be required.