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Interested in the study and practice of teaching or coaching physical education, sport, or physical activity? Then our MS in Kinesiology emphasis in sport pedagogy will fit your career goals.

Tailored for both future and practicing teachers and coaches, our degree program will improve your knowledge of physical activity and sport instruction. We offer both thesis and non-thesis programs to accommodate your specific goals.

If you are interested in obtaining initial teaching certification in physical education, pursue the MS non-thesis degree program option. There is a degree program option that can qualify you for licensure in Georgia.

Program Highlights

  1. Both thesis and non-thesis degree programs offered
  2. Can qualify you for an increase in the level of your teaching license
  3. Hands-on, practical experience

Deadline to Apply

January 10 (thesis), June 1 (non-thesis)

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Faculty and Curriculum

This degree program focuses on the study and practice of teaching and coaching physical education, sport, and physical activity. We structured this emphasis to serve the needs of future and practicing teachers and coaches. As a student in sport pedagogy, you will take coursework in:

  • Instructional strategies
  • Curriculum theory and design
  • Issues and trends in sport pedagogical research
  • Analysis of teaching
  • Coaching education

We also offer ample opportunities for field work and research experience.

The MS in Kinesiology program typically requires a minimum of 30 hours for the thesis program and 36 hours for the non-thesis program. Neither option guarantees initial teacher certification.

Our 12 hours of required coursework includes:

  • Approaches to sport pedagogy
  • Analysis of pedagogy in sport
  • Research methods
  • Applied statistical methods or qualitative research traditions

We also offer many electives that cover a variety of sport and physical education topics and areas.

Our faculty is internationally recognized for its expertise in sport pedagogy. As a student in our program, you will work with your major professor to determine a program of study based on your goals.

Over 150 graduate students from across the globe enroll in our department programs each year. Our size and diversity provide a range of perspectives and ample networking opportunities both within and outside the department.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Located in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness. Our department's facilities include 10 laboratories, the Center for Physical Activity and Health, offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.

We provide assistantship opportunities to qualified students, offering financial support and experience in a professional, teaching, or research role. Assistants work 13 to 20 hours a week and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and one-third remission of our university health insurance.

Our research is supported by grants from nationally known organizations such as the U.S. and Georgia departments of education and the National Institutes of Health.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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