Kinesiology Scholars Program

About Kinesiology Scholars Program

The Kinesiology SF State Scholars Program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students in Kinesiology that would like to complete both their undergraduate and Master's degrees in a shortened time frame (5-5 1/2 years). The program provides an excellent opportunity for students to further enhance their knowledge base and academic skills in the field of Kinesiology while reducing the overall cost of the graduate degree. It also allows students to develop more competitive applications to doctoral programs (e.g. Physical Therapy, Medicine, Kinesiology) and improve their employment opportunities. Students receive specialized advising from a faculty mentor as well as extended research experience in the student's area of interest. 
 

Application Process

Eligibility

To be considered for admission, students must be a declared Kinesiology major and have received:

  • a grade of A in Kin 250
  • a grade of A in Kin 384GWAR
  • a minimum of a B in Anatomy
  • a minimum of a B in Physiology
  • a minimum All University GPA and SFSU GPA of 3.3
  • 9-12 lower or upper Kinesiology units
  • Junior status (no more than 90 units completed)

Deadline

Fall admission - June 1
Spring admission - December 1

Requirements

  • A personal statement describing: your background, reasons why you are interested in the program, long-term professional/academic goals, and the faculty member with whom you would like to work
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • Unofficial transcripts

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Meet with Dr. Hamel to discuss eligibility
Step 2: Prepare a personal statement describing: your background, reasons why you are interested in the program, long-term professional/academic goals, and the faculty member with whom you would like to work
Step 3: Request at least two letters of recommendation from faculty
Step 4: Submit these items along with your unofficial transcripts to Dr. Hamel for review.
Step 5: If approved by the Kinesiology department, submit SF Scholars application to the Division of Graduate Studies

 


 
 

Maintaining Eligibility after Admission

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA overall once admitted to the program and maintain continuous progress toward the completion of both degrees. The GRE requirement will be waived for students in the program. Students must receive a B or higher in the undergraduate courses required for their chosen emphasis in the graduate program (this is identical to the requirement for admissions to our MS program).

  • Exercise Physiology: A minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: human anatomy and human anatomy lab, human physiology and human physiology lab, exercise physiology and exercise physiology lab, and statistics.
  • Movement Science: A minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: human anatomy and human anatomy lab, human physiology and human physiology lab, biomechanics, motor learning and statistics.
  • Physical Activity: Social Scientific Perspective: A minimum grade of B in three of the following or equivalent courses: youth development, sport and exercise psychology, cultural and sociological perspectives of physical activity, motor learning or motor development
 

Contact

Dr. Kate Hamel, Gym 125
hamelk@sfsu.edu