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Bachelor’s in Kinesiology

Prepare for a career in physical therapy, sport science or similar fields, with an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and biblical truth. The study of the human body, specifically the movement capabilities God intricately designed and sustains (Ps 139:14; Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:3), defines the major we call Kinesiology.

Studying kinesiology and physical education at The Master’s University prepares students to work with the human body as members of the body of Christ. At TMU, professors serve not only in the classroom but also on the field working as athletic trainers, daily practicing what’s taught in the classroom — which is the most up-to-date knowledge and technology available. Students participate in this practical athletic training with Master’s athletes, as well as take hands-on courses in functional anatomy, corrective exercise and assessment techniques. Alongside these courses, each student is required to have participated in at least one internship before graduation, many of which have led to careers in Allied Health, coaching, firefighting, physical training, teaching and more.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE. - John MacArthur

Students have the opportunity to study important principles they can use for a successful career and effective ministry in physical education, sports and pre-physical therapy. These concentrations of study will mold a student’s knowledge in activity skills, educational methods, scientific factors in body movement analysis, sports injury care and allied health careers. The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education is designed to prepare Christian leadership in such areas as teaching/coaching, exercise and sport science, and pre-physical therapy. Graduating students will participate in the instructional areas of elementary and secondary schools (both public and private) and areas of allied health. To implement these objectives the department provides coursework in movement theory, activity and science.


Experience this program for yourself

Southern California: A beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

  • See more info: Admissions Events


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, and a wide range of different options each semester.

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): 1 semester at TMU’s Israel campus

  • GO! Global Outreach: 6 weeks of partnering with TMU Missionary Alumni to serve churches around the world while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. 2 weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. 6 weeks in the summer, earn up to twelve (12) credits while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.


Student Life

Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus. TMU’s Student Life is consistently top ranked in the nation by alumni, and the beautiful campus consistently rated among the safest. Learn more here: Student Life

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • 10+ Campus Societies

  • Intentional opportunities for Community Outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students


Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. See full details here: Financial Aid - Undergraduate

  • -26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

  • Nearly 2x Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions: TMU’s 61.2% graduation rate leads compared to average Christian colleges (52.9%), and almost doubles the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source: cccu.org, 2019). This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

  • TMU Scholarships

  • TMU Endowed & Donor Scholarships

  • Student Career Center

  • Work Study


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

Since 2007, Kinesiology students have attended 29 graduate schools including CSU, UCLA, USC; University of Florida, of Montana, of Nebraska, of New Mexico, of Pittsburg, of South Carolina, of Wisconsin; as well as private and specialized schools including Azusa Pacific, Loma Linda, and Liberty University.

For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice. Alumni credit their hands-on experience and career preparation that was facilitated through the kinesiology and physical education department. Graduate programs studied include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathic Medicine, Exercise Science, Nursing, and Medical School.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Easy Online Application: see all admission deadlines and criteria here: Apply

Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

B.A. in Kinesiology & Physical Education Core Courses*

  • LS321 Human Anatomy/lab (4)

  • LS322 Human Physiology/lab (4)

  • KPE212 Introduction to Kinesiology (2)

  • KPE222 Sport Analysis (2)

  • KPE223 Sport Analysis Practicum (2)

  • KPE303 History and Philosophy of P.E. (3)

  • KPE313 Adapted Physical Education (3)

  • KPE314 Kinesiology (3)

  • KPE316 Physiology of Exercise (3)

  • KPE324 Psychology of Coaching (2)

  • KPE402 Health Education (1)

  • KPE404 Sport in American Culture (3)

  • KPE405 Statistical Analysis (3)

  • KPE414 Organization and Administration of P.E. (3)

  • KPE425 Prevention/Care of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE436 Motor Learning (3)

  • KPE490 Senior Competency (1)

  • Physical Education Electives (11)

Total core courses (56)

*For Exercise & Sport Science and Teaching/Coaching emphases only.

Teaching/Coaching Emphasis Courses

This emphasis includes coaching courses in a wide range of Professional Activities, including Team Sports, Racket/Club Sports, Aquatics, Gymnastics, Conditioning/Rhythms, Combatives, Outdoor Educational Activities, and Nontraditional.

  • Kinesiology & Physical Education core courses (56)

  • KPE256 Movement Education (2)

  • KPE383 Teaching Individual/Dual Sports (3)

  • Professional Activities (2)

  • Professional Activities II (2)

  • Professional Activities III (1)

  • Professional Activities IV (1)

  • Professional Activities V (3)

  • Professional Activities VI (1)

  • Professional Activities VII (1)

  • Professional Activities VIII (1)

Total units required for emphasis (73)

Exercise & Sport Science Emphasis Courses

The exercise & sport science emphasis prepares students for careers and specializations in sports nutrition, advanced prevention & care of athletic injuries, reconditioning of athletic injuries, primary physical assessment, and other similar areas.

  • Kinesiology & Physical Education core courses (56)

  • LS252 Cell Biology (4)

  • KPE396 Program Design for Strength and Conditioning (3)

  • KPE353 Sports Nutrition (3)

  • KPE426 Advanced Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE446 Reconditioning of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE465 Primary Physical Assessment (2)

  • Elective courses (10)

    • Elective courses consist of any courses offered at TMU or courses transferred in as Kinesiology courses other than required courses listed in each department emphasis.

Total units required for emphasis (84)


B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy Core Courses

The pre-physical therapy emphasis is a Bachelor of Science program that prepares students to enter graduate programs in physical therapy (M.P.T./D.P.T.), occupational therapy (O.T.), physician assistant (PA-C), podiatric medicine (D.P.M.), chiropractics (D.C.), and other allied health programs.

Pre-Physical Therapy students do not take the B.A. core.

  • BE101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

  • CH151 General Chemistry I (4)

  • CH152 General Chemistry II (4)

  • LS151 Organismic Biology (4)

  • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)

  • LS322 Human Physiology (4)

  • KPE303 History & Philosophy of P.E. (3)

  • KPE313 Adapted Physical Education (3)

  • KPE314 Kinesiology (3)

  • KPE316 Physiology of Exercise (3)

  • KPE402 Health Education (1)

  • KPE405 Statistical Analysis (3)

  • KPE425 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE426 Advanced Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE436 Motor Learning (3)

  • KPE446 Reconditioning of Athletic Injuries (3)

  • KPE465 Primary Physical Assessment (2)

  • KPE479 Clinical Internship (Practicum 60 hours) (1-3)

  • KPE490 Senior Competency Exam (1)

  • Four of the following electives (16)

    • LS252 Cell Biology (4)

    • LS352 Medical Physiology (3)

    • LS361 Immunology (4)

    • LS362 Medical Microbiology (4)

    • CH351 Organic Chemistry I (4)

    • MA121 Calculus I (4) and PS251, 252 General Physics I, II (4, 4)

    • And/or four other units from the Math, Biology, or Kinesiology Departments

Total units required for emphasis (71-73)

The pre-physical therapy emphasis is a Bachelor of Science program that prepares students to enter graduate programs in physical therapy (M.P.T./D.P.T.), occupational therapy (O.T.), physician assistant (PA-C), podiatric medicine (D.P.M.), chiropractics (D.C.), and other allied health programs.


Minor in Kinesiology & Physical Education

For a minor in physical education, the following courses are required:

  • LS321 Human Anatomy (4)

  • LS322 Human Physiology (3)

  • KPE212 Introduction to Kinesiology (2)

  • KPE303 History & Philosophy of P.E. (3)

  • KPE314 Kinesiology (3)

  • KPE324 Psychology of Coaching (2)

  • KPE405 Statistical Analysis (3)

  • KPE414 Organization & Administration of P.E. (3)

  • Physical Education Electives (2)

  • Five of the following (5)

    • KPE103a Professional Activities I: Soccer (1)

    • KPE103b Professional Activities I: Football (1)

    • KPE113 Professional Activities III: Beginning/Intermediate Swimming (1)

    • KPE113b Professional Activities V: Rhythms (1)

    • KPE114a Professional Activities II: Golf (1)

    • KPE124 Professional Activities IV: Beginning/Intermediate Gymnastics (1)

    • KPE235a Professional Activities I: Basketball (1)

    • KPE235b Professional Activities II: Badminton (1)

    • KPE245a Professional Activities V: Aerobics (1)

    • KPE245b Professional Activities V: Body Conditioning (1)

    • KPE266a Professional Activities I: Volleyball (1)

    • KPE266b Professional Activities II: Tennis (1)

Total units required for minor (30)

Degree Checklists

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology & Physical Education - Teaching & Coaching

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology & Physical Education - Exercise & Sport Science

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Physical Education - Pre-Physical Therapy

California Teaching Credential

The Master’s University Teaching Credential Programs enable students to become excellent teachers who integrate faith into teaching, learning, and living. Each program is a two-semester program (Fall start) and includes structured fieldwork and student teaching. Learn more about the 5th Year Teaching Credential.

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Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 56-73
Emphasis/Electives: 0-26

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Sport in American Culture
  • Motor Learning
  • Psychology of Coaching
  • Reconditioning of Athletic Injuries

Career Paths

  • Physical Therapist
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Personal Trainer
  • Medicine
  • Teacher or Coach
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