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    M.S. in Kinesiology & Sport Administration

    Improve coaching by addressing advanced topics such as strategy, motivation, and psychology.

Learn while working

This 50% online, 50% on-ground, 35-hour Master of Science in kinesiology and sport administration is designed to help further the careers of current professionals in the areas of physical education, coaching and sport–especially teachers and coaches–while they work full time. 

  • Take majority of courses in the summer
  • Complete a capstone internship or thesis
  • Open to both licensure and non-licensure students*
    (*This program does not grant licensure)
  • Competitive tuition rates

Program goals

Sport is much more than just playing a game: it is a powerful change agent that is evident in our global society, both historically and socially. 

This program will:

  • hu-converted-process-465.pngTeach and foster best practices in physical education instruction
  • Improve coaching by addressing advanced topics such as strategy, motivation, and psychology
  • Provide training in sport administration and sport business
  • Explore the spiritual aspects involved with kinesiology and sport
  • Provide a research component in kinesiology and sport administration


  • Become qualified to teach physical education and kinesiology courses at the junior college and college level with the program's 18 hours of graduate-level kinesiology courses
  • Become a certified registered athletic administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association (optional)
  • Pursue AD positions with the program's significant Athletic and Sport Management component

Admission Requirements


*Note: Harding alumni and current students do not need to request Harding transcripts as they are on file.


  • Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5, or 2.75 on your last 60 hours.
  • Applicants with less than a 2.50 GPA can appeal to the Kinesiology Graduate committee for provisional acceptance.  


Students who (1) speak English as a second language, and have (2) not previously completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited American college or university must meet a minimum score on a nationally recognized test of English language proficiency such as the TOEFL or IELTS. However, in lieu of these exams, professional programs in the health sciences may assess such students with an interview and/or a writing exam.

Minimum TOEFL scores acceptable for admission to the university are 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (Internet-based test). The minimum IELTS score is 6.0. Scores must not be older than two years prior to the date of application to the university. Please note that individual programs may have more stringent minimum requirements.

50% of the classes can be taken online, while the other 50% must be taken on-ground.

Please direct any questions to:

Harding University
Phone: 501-279-4761
Email: kinesiology@harding.edu

When to Apply

Admission is rolling.  

Spring 2022:  Apply by December 28
Summer 2022: Apply by May 25
Fall 2022: Apply by August 10

Academic Catalog

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Capstone Experience

At the end of the program, each student will have the opportunity to complete a 235 hour internship or write a master’s thesis. Both of these opportunities are designed to allow each student to showcase what they have learned in the master’s program. The thesis will allow for direct involvement with the master’s faculty and the internship will be tailored to fit each student’s career goals.

Faculty for Master's Program

Stephen Burks

Stephen Burks, Ed.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
Phone: 501-279-5183  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Health & Physical Education

Patrick McGaha

Patrick McGaha, Ph.D
Associate Professor/Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4344 or 501-279-5759
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

J.D. Yingling

J.D. Yingling, Ed.D.
Professor/Aquatics Director
Phone: 501-279-4756 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education/Swimming


Debbie Harrison

Debbie Harrison, B.S.
Kinesiology Secretary
Phone: 501-279-4759 Fax: 501-279-4138