Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM)

At URI, our ABM program provides exceptional students a more rapid pathway to earning their Master of Science (M.S.) degree while finishing their Kinesiology bachelor’s degree at URI. Nine credits of graduate-level courses may count toward both the undergraduate (Bachelor of Science) and to the M.S. degrees during their first year of the ABM program while the student is in their senior year. Upon graduation with their B.S. degree the student would be coded as a M.S. student in Kinesiology and would take exclusively graduate coursework during their final year in the Kinesiology ABM program.

The M.S. degree program in Kinesiology is designed for students who might want to pursue future study in a doctoral program or work in a variety of organizations with an interest in the promotion of physical activity. Students will graduate with a depth and breadth of training in Kinesiology, as well as practical, hands-on laboratory skills and significant research experience.

Applicants to the Kinesiology ABM will need to have the following:

  • Earned a minimum of 75 credits toward their Kinesiology bachelor’s degree and 90 credits upon starting the ABM,
  • A current 3.2 GPA or higher,
  • Two letters of recommendation from Kinesiology faculty, and
  • Attained 100 hours of experiential learning in a clinical, research or professional setting related to their Kinesiology professional goals.

Students will be enrolled in the KIN‐ABM program only after they have met the Graduate School admission requirements and have completed 90 undergraduate credits. Up to nine credits of approved graduate‐eligible coursework can be counted toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees and the student will be eligible, with approval of the Graduate Director, to take other graduate‐level courses during their senior year toward their master’s degree while completing undergraduate requirements. KIN‐ABM students will be eligible to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship but preference will be given to students who are entering the traditional program.

*NOTE: Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.