M.S./M.A. vs M.Ed.

The School of Kinesiology offers different types of master’s degree programs: The Master of Science/Master of Art (research based) and the Master of Education (professional based). Here is information that can help you choose the program that's right for you.
Admission requirements
Master of Science (M.S.)/Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students admitted typically have interests in improving their professional practice, studying theory, developing research skills, and possibly pursuing a doctoral degree.

The preferred performance levels of the applicants we seek are:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Preferred GRE scores of 153 or higher on the verbal and quantitative tests and 4.5 on the analytical writing test..
  • An English proficiency test score (if a non-native English speaker) on the TOEFL of 79 or higher on the Internet-based test.

Other program requirements include:

  • Submitted ApplyYourself application
  • A goal statement or statement of purpose (goals and interests)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample
Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Students admitted typically have interests in improving their current professional practice and applying their education to their current or anticipated work responsibilities. The M.Ed. is a professional, graduate-level degree that emphasizes applied coursework and requires completion of a field-based experience.

The preferred performance levels of the applicants we seek include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • No GRE test scores are required.
  • An English proficiency test score (if a non-native English speaker) on the TOEFL of 79 or higher on the Internet-based test.

Other program requirements include:

  • Submitted ApplyYourself application
  • A goal statement or statement of purpose (goals and interests)
  • A resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
Deadlines
M.S./M.A.

Applying for admission

Application deadline is December 1st for Fall admission. We only accept students in the Fall.

M.Ed.

Applying for admission

Application deadlines are: March 1 for Summer; July 1 for Fall semester; or November 1 for Spring semester.

Program requirements
M.S./M.A.

Final project, paper, or examination

The master's degree is offered under two plans: Plan A, requiring a thesis, and Plan B, which substitutes additional coursework and special projects for the thesis. Both plans require a final oral exam before an examining committee.

Registration requirement

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits (for M.S.) and 36 credits (for M.A.).

Master's Plan A students must enroll for a minimum of 10 thesis credits (8777) before receiving the degree.

Transfer credits

With approval of the faculty adviser, the transfer of up to 40 percent of the degree coursework from an accredited institution may be permitted (not including thesis or project credits).

GPA requirement

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for coursework included in the Graduate Progess and Audit System (GPAS)

Read more about the M.S. in Kinesiology/M.A. in Sport Management degrees.

M.Ed.

Final project, paper, or examination

Each M.Ed. program involves a culminating experience in the form of a project, paper, or examination.

M.Ed. credit requirements

All M.Ed. students must complete at least 30 graduate-level semester credits to qualify for the degree.

Transfer credits

With adviser approval, students may apply graduate-level coursework taken at an accredited institution other than the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities toward their M.Ed. program. A maximum of 40% of course credits may be transferred. Transfer credits from other institutions must have been taken after of the completion of the undergraduate degree.

GPA requirement

Students must maintain a minimum 2.80 GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate.

Read more about the M.Ed. degrees: M.Ed. in Physical Activiity and Health, M.Ed. in Sport and Exercise Science, M.Ed. in Sport Management

Tuition
M.S./M.A.

Graduate tuition and fees

A limited number of assistantships may be offered by a department or program. These provide a waiver of some or all tuition, plus stipend and some or all health benefits.

Graduate Assistantship application is due December 1.

M.Ed.

Tuition and fees

Scholarships and awards are available through the College.

The department does not provide graduate assistantips for M.Ed. students.