Kinesiology Department

M.S. in Kinesiology & Sport Administration

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This 100% online, 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)

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:

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  • 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


  • Complete the GradCAS application* and submit the appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS.
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 
      Watertown, MA 02471
    • To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
  • Request official results from one of the following tests and have them sent to Harding University.
    • MAT, GRE, Praxis Subject Content or Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 
  • Request three letters of recommendation be sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Upload a resume in the Supporting Information tab.

*Harding alumni should apply using the designated alumni application for this degree.


  • Cumulative GPA 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.

If you need assistance -

GradCAS Application related questions: 
Phone: 857-304-2086 

Program related questions: 
Harding University
Phone: 501-279-4761

When to Apply

Admission is rolling.  

Summer 2020: Apply by May 25
Fall 2020: Apply by August 10
Spring 2021: Apply by December 28

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 and Physical Education

Britney Finley

Britney Finley, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone: 501-279-5878
Academic Emphasis: Health

Patrick McGaha

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

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore, D.A.
Associate Professor
Phone: 501-279-4487 Fax: 501-279-4138
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

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