Physical Education/Athletic Complex 231
1337 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7606
Fax: (808) 956-7976


*Graduate Faculty

*C. D. Stickley, PhD, ATC (Chair)—athletic training, biomechanics and exercise physiology
*E. E. Centeio, PhD—health and physical education, physical activity, and childhood obesity
*J. A. Daniels, EdD—school counseling, development counseling, adolescent counseling, loss and transition counseling, group counseling, and counseling homeless children, rehabilitation counseling
*B. G. Freemyer, PhD, ATC—athletic training, biomechanics, and sports medicine
*J. K. Maeda, PhD—physical education and adapted physical education
*C. F. Morgan, PhD—youth physical activity and overweight
*N. M. Murata, PhD—physical education and adapted physical education
*Y. Oba, PhD, ATC—athletic training
*J. Prins, PhD—biomechanics and exercise science
*P. M. Tamashiro, PhD—exercise physiology and cancer exercise rehabilitation
*K. Tamura, PhD, ATC—athletic training and biomechanics
*A. R. Tsuchida, PhD—physical activity, adapted physical activity and adapted physical education

Degrees Offered: BS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science, MS in athletic training, MS in kinesiology and rehabilitation science, PhD in education with a track in kinesiology

Undergraduate Study

BS Degree in Health and Physical Education

The BS degree program provides professional curricula for students enrolled in the College of Education whose goal is to teach K-12 health and physical education.

The Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPETE) program is a professional preparation curriculum for candidates who wish to teach health and physical education in grades K-6, 6-12, or K-12. Requirements for this program include successful demonstration approved by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board ( required for licensure in Hawai‘i. Candidates who major in this must demonstrate competence in motor skills and comprehensive knowledge relative to content in health and physical education, as well as effective accountability.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfill all UH Mānoa requirements and meet all admissions requirements of the College of Education;
  2.  Complete the HPETE curriculum in content and field experiences for letter grades;
  3. Successfully complete student teaching with a grade of B (not B-) or higher;
  4. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours;
  5. Have a cumulative GPA not less than that required for admission to the college; and
  6. File for graduation and pay the required fee at least one full semester prior to the intended graduation date

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/.

BS Degree in Health and Exercise Science

The BS degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation science focuses on health and exercise science-related professions. The areas covered under this program of study provide opportunities for students to learn how individuals can influence their own state of wellness, the response and adaptation of the human body to physical activity and sports participation, and how to help others achieve a higher state of wellness. Career paths within this area of study include, but are not limited to: physical therapy, athletic training, health and fitness promotion, exercise physiology, rehabilitation counseling, sports nutrition, and personal training. The general emphasis in all of these careers is the link between science, sports, fitness, and allied health sciences. This program area has been structured to enable the students to design an academic curriculum that best reflects his or her individual interests as well as general prerequisites for graduate or professional programs. This degree program has been designed to allow students to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate programs in several health care professions (e.g., athletic training, physical therapy, physicians assistant, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counseling, etc.).

Graduation Requirements

  1. Fulfill all UH Mānoa requirements;
  2. Complete the College of Education undergraduate curriculum in health and exercise science;
  3. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours;
  4. Have a cumulative GPA not less than that required for admission to the college; and
  5. File for graduation and pay the required fee at least one semester prior to the intended graduation date.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/.

Graduate Study

MS Degree

The MS degree program in Athletic Training is designed for students who are pursuing athletic training certification (ATEP). The MS degree in KRS provides opportunities for students who wish to pursue advanced knowledge and research in one of the following areas of specialization: Physical Activity, Adapted Physical Activity, or Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

The Physical Activity/Adapted Physical Activity Program is designed for students who are already certified, or have a BS, in fields like: physical education, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning(CSCS/PES), and personal training.

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program is a distance education program leading to a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science degree with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling. The mission of the program is to offer graduate level training that is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assist individuals with disabilities to secure gainful employment, achieve an increased sense of empowerment, responsibility, and independence. The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program consists of 48 semester credit hours and requires 3 years of enrollment. In practice, this means attendance in 6 regular semesters plus 2 intervening summer sessions in an online environment. As part of the curriculum, students take 3 semesters of clinical courses where they participate in fieldwork in their own communities. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and the National Counselor (NCE) Exams.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of Graduate Division, applicants for the MS degrees will be further evaluated on their disciplinary degree (KRS or AT) and in their area of specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) also recommends submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; however, is not required.

Each applicant admitted will be classified in one of two categories: (1) Regular status–student who has a baccalaureate degree in the area which he or she will pursue and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 during the final two years of undergraduate work, or (2) Conditional status–student of promise who may have a deficiency in grade point average and/or subject matter preparation.

Physical Activity and Adapted Physical Activity program applicants should have a related undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Professional Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) applicants must submit a signed copy of the Technical Standards and proof of a completed physical examination prior to admission. Applicants must also submit proof of: TB clearance, Hepatitis B vaccine or waiver, and professional liability insurance prior to program entrance. Downloadable forms may be retrieved at Admission to the program will depend on the availability of faculty in the particular area of scholarship.

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program admission is based on previous preparation and background, intellectual and affective potential for graduate study, and personal qualifications that contribute to success as a counselor. Application to the program presumes satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U. S. institution of higher education AND that the applicant has demonstrated at the minimum an above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work.

Three letters of recommendation relating to the candidate’s personal qualifications and/or professional background, one official transcript for each institution attended, and statement of objectives must be submitted. These should show evidence that an applicant’s personal qualifications, motivation, and academic preparation indicate competence and potential success in rehabilitation and counseling. A writing sample and interview are also required. Applications are considered for the fall semester.

Program Requirements (For programs other than Rehabilitation Counselor Education)

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the MS degree, depending on program specialization. Of these, 6 credits are required for the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project, and 6 credits are required for one research method course and one seminar course. The remaining 18 or more credits are to be used for course work focusing on the student’s area of specialization. The student and the thesis/project committee chair in the KRS department must approve the student’s course work.

Students interested in the MS specialization in Physical Activity or Adapted Physical Activity must meet the admission requirements of Graduate Division and KRS. These two specializations are designed to further expand knowledge and skills related to physical activity across the lifespan. Content addresses research related to health, administration, and fitness for individuals with and without disabilities. The program is comprised of 30 credits and typically takes two years to complete. A thesis or project option is provided for the research component.

Professional Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) students (graduate students seeking BOC certification) are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits, that includes Plan B non-thesis (final comprehensive examination). Additionally, pre-requisite course and clinical work experiences may be required. Specific requirements and recommended course sequencing can be viewed at

Doctoral Degree

The PhD in Education with a track in kinesiology prepares professionals to work as leaders in adapted physical activity, athletic training (BOC), applied biomechanics, and sports medicine fields as educators, administrators, directors, researchers, and clinicians. These fields have great depth and breadth that require specific yet broad backgrounds in research, pedagogy, athletic training research and education, mathematics/physics, physiology, and allied health/medical practices. Graduates are expected to assume leadership roles that influence local, national, and international lifestyles, physical and allied health/sports medicine issues related to research, higher education and/or program development (i.e., program accreditation acquisition), and to contribute to the body of knowledge.

This wide-ranged discipline is based in the biological sciences; consequently, this foundation will be reinforced so that student experiences (i.e., course work, research, clinical/practical/teaching) will provide refinement, expertise, and an increased depth of understanding.

The program varies in the number of credit hours required, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experiences, and includes course work required by the College of Education, the specialization area, and a cognate field if applicable. Additionally, students may be required to complete course work in an emphasis area based on the specific needs in order to develop a specialized and focused research and education agenda. At least one field and/or teaching internship and dissertation are also required. See the previous section on graduate programs in the College of Education.