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					                The Kinesiology Master’s Program
    Thank you for your interest in the Kinesiology master’s program at
    University of Tennessee. We are part of the Department of Kinesiology,
   Recreation, and Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health and Human
 Sciences on the flagship campus at Knoxville. UT Knoxville is Tennessee’s oldest
   and largest public university, a land-grant institution that holds the Carnegie
               Foundation doctoral/research-extensive classification.


Focus of the Program

We teach students to forge connections between theoretical considerations and
potential solutions to a wide variety of real-world challenges. We strive for
excellence in research, teaching, practice, and service. Our goal is to provide
superior and innovative programs of study that will enable our students to become
effective and imaginative professionals, scholars, and citizens.

The Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics concentrations are dedicated to
promoting and integrating scientific research and education on the health benefits
of exercise. Through a program of interdisciplinary graduate study, using both
experimental and epidemiological methods, students gain a greater understanding
of the role of exercise in the prevention of various cardiovascular, metabolic, and
musculoskeletal disorders. In addition to primary faculty members, adjunct faculty
members provide expertise in the areas of sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation,
epidemiology, orthopedics and exercise psychology.

The Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior concentration derives its primary
intellectual identity from the discipline of psychology. The program draws upon
perspectives from sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control, and
other specialized forms of inquiry in critically examining behavior and performance
at all levels of competitive sport and other organized movement activities.

   Exercise Physiology
  The Exercise Physiology concentration (MS) involves the study of the acute and
  chronic effects of exercise on the human body. Students may elect to do
  internships in cardiac rehabilitation at several area hospitals, and are
  encouraged to take the ACSM Exercise Specialist® exam upon graduation.
  Graduate students collaborate with exercise physiology faculty members to
  perform research in the areas of physical activity assessment, metabolism, the
  health benefits of exercise, body composition assessment, and pediatric
  obesity.
   Biomechanics
  The Biomechanics concentration (MS) involves the study of the biomechanics of
  exercise, injury and rehabilitation. This program area focuses on the
  mechanism, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
  Graduate students work with biomechanics faculty to pursue research in the
  areas of biomechanics of lower extremity function, footwear biomechanics, the
  biomechanics of injury mechanisms and prevention, and post-surgical recovery
  of function.

   Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior
  The Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior concentration (MS) focuses on
  performance enhancement with sport and physical activity participants
  (including imagery, goal-setting, self-talk, and focusing attention) as well as
  social/ psychological factors, such as gender/race/class identity, moral and
  ethical development, leadership, cohesion, aggression, team-building, and the
  use of ergogenic aids in sport, that influence participants’ sport and physical
  activity experiences. Graduate students have the opportunity to explore their
  own research interests as well as to collaborate with faculty members on some
  of their research.

Degrees Offered

  Masters
     Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise
       Physiology
     Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in
       Biomechanics
     Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport
       Psychology and Motor Behavior

  Doctorates (see separate sheet on our doctorate program for information on
  this degree and these specializations:
  http://web.utk.edu/~sals/grad/Admissons/default.html)
      Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in
        Kinesiology and a specialization in Exercise Physiology
      Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in
        Kinesiology and a specialization in Biomechanics
      Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in
        Kinesiology and a specialization in Physical Activity Epidemiology
      Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in
        Kinesiology and a specialization in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior



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Kinesiology Faculty

   David R. Bassett, Jr, Professor. (Ph.D. Wisconsin) teaches courses in exercise
    physiology, fitness testing/exercise prescription, electrocardiogram interpretation,
    and cardiac rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American College of Sport Medicine
    (ACSM), and holds a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) certification from that
    organization. Dr. Bassett has been a member of the Southeast ACSM executive
    board, and an associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. His
    research interests include physical activity assessment, maximum oxygen uptake,
    exercise training and blood pressure regulation.
   Dawn P. Coe, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Michigan State) teaches
    undergraduate and graduate courses in Kinesiology including Exercise Testing and
    Prescription. Her research focuses primarily on pediatric exercise physiology, the
    genetic influence on physical fitness and cardiovascular disease risk in youth, the
    growth and maturation process, and physical activity epidemiology. Dr. Coe is
    actively involved with the American College of Sports Medicine and the North
    American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) and she is currently
    serving on the Midwest Chapter of ACSM and NASPEM executive boards.
   Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Florida State University) is
    the Director of the Motor Behavior Laboratory and teaches Principles of Movement
    Control and Skill Learning (SS 290), Motor Behavior and Skill Acquisition (SS 534),
    and Expert Performance in Sports (SS 536). His research focuses on practice
    structure, expertise and aging, repeated testing effects, task switching in
    motor skills, and other factors related to motor performance and learning. He has
    served as an invited reviewer for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport,
    Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Quest, Brain & Cognition, Experimental
    Aging Research, and the Journal of Swimming Research. He is an active member of
    the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and
    served as program chair for Motor Learning & Control during their recent
    conference in Denver.
   Leslee A. Fisher, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California at
    Berkeley), teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sport and exercise
    psychology. Primary research interests include the integration of cultural studies
    and sport psychology; gender identity and sport subcultures; moral development,
    ethics, and orientation in sport, and positive deviance in sport (e.g., over-
    conformity to norms that include such behaviors as disordered eating, exercise
    addiction and the use of anabolic steroids). Dr. Fisher is currently the secretary-
    treasurer of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Prior to that, she served
    as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for AASP. She holds state
    counseling licensure and national certification.
   Eugene C. Fitzhugh, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Alabama) teaches
    undergraduate and graduate courses in physical activity epidemiology and research
    methodologies. His research has resulted in numerous publications in various
    public health, nutrition, and health promotion journals. He has served as editor for
    the American Journal of Health Studies, and currently reviews papers for several
    other journals. His primary area of research revolves around the relationship of
    physical activity to obesity and other chronic diseases across the lifespan.

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    Clare E. Milner, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Leeds, Great Britain) teaches
     graduate and undergraduate courses in the kinesiology curriculum. Dr Milner
     focuses her research efforts on the biomechanics of lower extremity injury and
     rehabilitation, in particular the occurrence of knee injuries in female athletes, stress
     fractures in runners and the quality of walking gait following joint replacement
     surgery. Her research has been published in numerous biomechanics, sports
     medicine, and biomedical journals. She is a Fellow of the American College of
     Sports Medicine.
    Dixie L. Thompson, Professor and Department Head (Ph.D., Virginia) teaches
     graduate and undergraduate courses in the exercise physiology curriculum. She is
     a ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Fellow, is Editor-in-Chief of ACSM’s
     Fit Society Page newsletter, and is Associate Editor-in-Chief of ACSM’s Health and
     Fitness Journal. Dr. Thompson focuses her research efforts on health benefits of
     exercise for women, the response of females to exercise, and body composition
     analysis. She serves as the Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health.
    Joe Whitney, Adjunct Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Tennessee) is
     the Director of Mental Training for the Departments of Men’s & Women’s Athletics at
     the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Ph.D. program at Tennessee
     and serves as an adjunct professor in our department. Dr. Whitney coordinates all
     mental training services, supervises graduate students who work at the mental
     training center, and teaches courses in the theory and practice of sport psychology.
    Craig Wrisberg, Professor (Ph.D., Michigan) has been on the faculty since 1977.
     He teaches courses in applied sport psychology and research development. His
     primary research interests deal with the role of cognitive strategies in sport
     performance and the impact of sport participation on the life quality of athletes. He
     is author of the book Skill Instruction for Coaches (2007, Human Kinetics) and co-
     author with Richard Schmidt of the best selling textbook, Motor Learning and
     Performance (4th ed., 2008, Human Kinetics). Since January 1, 1992, Dr. Wrisberg
     has served the athletic department as a mental training consultant. He is a fellow
     of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and past president
     of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and
     the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
    Songning Zhang, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Oregon) teaches undergraduate
     and graduate courses in the areas of biomechanics. His publications include works
     appearing in medical and biomedical journals, and in proceedings of national and
     international biomechanics conferences. His research interests focus on
     biomechanics of the lower extremity function and impact loading, footwear related
     issues, orthoses functions, injury mechanisms and prevention, mechanisms of
     human performance, and performance variability.

Emeritus Professors
   Edward T. Howley (Ph.D., Wisconsin)
   Wendell Liemohn (Ph.D., Iowa)
Other Supporting Faculty
   Jenny Moshak, M.S., A.T.C., Lady Vols Sports Medicine
   Chris Hofmann, M.A., A.T.C.., Lady Vols Sports Medicine


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How to Apply
The application process has two parts. You must apply to both the Department of
Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and the University of Tennessee
Graduate School.

You apply to the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies
through Margy Wirtz-Henry, our Admissions Coordinator. You should submit the
following (links to the forms are available on our website):
     The KRSS Departmental Application, including the Departmental
      Assistantship Application if you want to be considered for a teaching
      assistantship
     Your Resume
     Three Ratings Forms (University of Tennessee’s recommendation forms).
         o Two of these should be completed for you by professors who are
             familiar with your work and the third can be completed by either an
             academic or an employment reference.

You apply to the University of Tennessee Graduate School through the
Office of Graduate and International Admissions. This involves the submission of
the following:
    The Graduate Application for Admissions
    $35 application fee
    Official academic transcripts sent directly from all your post-secondary
      academic institutions
    GRE scores (Ph.D. students only)
    TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language; only required if you
      are not a native English speaker)
    Financial documentation (International Students only; contact the Graduate
      and International Admissions Office for more information)


Who is admitted? Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Concentrations

     We usually admit 10-15 masters students each year to each concentration
      (biomechanics & exercise physiology). Admissions decisions are made on a
      number of criteria:
     All MS applicants need to have the required pre-requisite courses for their
      discipline before starting the program. The applicant can be admitted
      conditionally if missing a few, as long as all are complete before the entering
      semester.
     Biomechanics master’s pre-requisites:
      o 1 semester each of:
              general physics (may be waived for Exercise Physiology applicants)
              general chemistry
              biomechanics
              human anatomy
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             exercise physiology or human physiology
             calculus
     Exercise Physiology master’s pre-requisites:
      o 2 semesters of general chemistry
      o 1 semester each of:
             human anatomy or biomechanics or kinesiology
             human physiology
             statistics or calculus
     MS students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above in their
      undergraduate work to be considered (or at least in the senior year).
     We then look at the applicant’s writing ability and answers to questions on
      our application form (research interests, for one) in considering students
      who might be a good fit for our program.
     Ratings forms (our version of letters of recommendation) are also
      considered.
     Master’s candidates are not required to take the GRE, but scores will be
      considered using the same criteria if they are submitted.


Who is admitted? Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior Concentration

     Each year we admit 25-35 MS students total from a pool of 50-75
      applicants.
     There are no pre-requisite courses for this concentration.
     Admissions decisions are based on a number of criteria:
      o M.S. students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above in their
         undergraduate work to be considered for degree admission
      o Master’s applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
      o Writing ability and answers to questions on our application form are given
         serious consideration in the admissions process.
      o Ratings forms (and letters of recommendation) from faculty who can
         speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate work are also given serious
         consideration.


Timeline and Deadlines

The Department/Degree Program Deadlines:

     For priority consideration, as well as consideration for departmental
      assistantships, all materials should be received in the department and
      submitted to the Graduate School by February 1st.
     Admissions to the master’s concentrations are done on a rolling
      basis, so qualified applicants can be admitted as soon as all application


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      materials (i.e., graduate school, application materials, application forms,
      ratings forms/reference letters, etc.) are in.
     While some decisions will be made sooner, the majority of admissions
      decisions are made from mid-February to the end of March. Decisions
      on the limited number of available departmental assistantships are also
      made during this time.
     Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have
      been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that all your
      materials have been received. Applicants should check with both the
      Graduate and International Admissions Office
      (http://admissions.utk.edu/graduate/check.shtml) and the Department of
      Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Admissions Coordinator (Ms.
      Margy Wirtz-Henry, mwirtz@utk.edu, 865-974-7154). Applicants’ status
      with the Graduate Admissions Office does not necessary reflect their status
      with the department. All final admissions decisions will be made at the
      department level and then communicated to the Office of Graduate and
      International Admissions.
     Late admissions may be considered if there are still openings.

The University/Graduate Admissions Deadlines:

The Graduate School’s admissions deadlines are later than those required by the
department, and therefore, please use our February 1st deadline instead of those
posted by the Graduate School and have all materials in to the Graduate School
and the department by then.

IMPORTANT:
 The application process requires that students be accepted by both the
  Department/Degree Program and the University/Graduate School. To ensure
  full consideration, both of these applications should be completed prior
  to the February 1st priority deadline.
 International applicants should begin the University/Graduate School
  admissions process several months prior to the deadline to allow adequate time
  for the graduate school application materials to be forwarded to the department
  for consideration along with the Department/Degree Program materials—we
  recommend international application files to be complete by December
  31st.


Funding
       Graduate assistantships are the primary source of funding for graduate
students at UT and are offered by academic departments and administrative
offices of the university. An assistantship is a financial award to a graduate
student for part-time work in teaching, administration, or research while pursuing
an advanced degree. Appointments are normally on a one-fourth to one-half time
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basis, usually requiring 10 – 20 hours of service per week. The annual stipend is
payable in either nine or twelve monthly installments. In addition to the stipend,
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAssoc),
Graduate Assistants (GA), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), with
appointments on a one-fourth time basis or higher, are entitled to a waiver of
maintenance fees and tuition for the period of appointment in accordance with
university policy. These appointments also include a benefit of health insurance for
the student.
       While there is no central point of contact for information on GA positions in
administrative offices around the university, some positions are filled periodically
in college advising centers, admission offices, residence halls, and other service
offices. When announced by the administrative office, openings for the
assistantships may be found here:
       http://gradstudies.utk.edu/asstshipfunds.shtml
       A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available from our
department, teaching in the Physical Education Activity Program, assisting with
research, and/or teaching undergraduate lab sections. Most Ph.D. candidates are
brought in with funding; very few master’s students are funded through the
department. However, there are many sources of funding and assistantships
elsewhere on campus, as detailed above, such as through Men’s Athletics,
Women’s Athletics, Rec Sports, Housing, Admissions, and other departments. We
highly recommend that prospective students start early looking for
funding sources. These areas/departments should be contacted directly; the
Dept of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies has no say in the awarding of
these assistantships.

Some helpful links for funding:
http://gradstudies.utk.edu/fellowships.shtml
http://gradstudies.utk.edu/asstshipfunds.shtml
http://web.utk.edu/~finaid/newpage/schol-info.html
http://admissions.utk.edu/graduate/costs.shtml


Useful University of Tennessee Links
 Kinesiology Program
     http://web.utk.edu/%7Esals/grad/exsci.html
 Graduate Admissions
     http://admissions.utk.edu/graduate/
 About Knoxville
     http://www.tennessee.edu/knoxville/
 Financial Aid
     http://web.utk.edu/~finaid/
 Student Residency Classification
     http://registrar.utk.edu/residency/residency.shtml
 Center for International Education
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      http://web.utk.edu/~globe/
   Admission Guide for International Students
      http://admissions.utk.edu/graduate/forms/intl.admission.guide.pdf


Need More Information or Have Questions?
If you are interested in learning more about our application process or our
program, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Margy Wirtz-Henry, at (865)
974-7154 or mwirtz@utk.edu.

Specific questions about curriculum, career options, etc, should be directed to a
faculty member in your area of interest.

Our Graduate Director is Dr. Jeffrey Fairbrother. Contact him at jfairbr1@utk.edu


       Thank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee.
Best wishes in your search for a graduate program that meets your needs.




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