Welcome Message

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Department of Kinesiology website. Here you will find a vast array of information about our graduate and undergraduate academic programs, faculty, and research. Check back regularly as our website will also keep you up to date with the latest news about our department.

As an introduction about who we are and what we do, the Department of Kinesiology provides high quality educational opportunities for our students in the sub-disciplines of biomechanics and motor systems, physical activity and health, and physiology. Application of this knowledge through ‘hands-on’ internships, practica, and laboratory-based research experiences offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain skills and experience for the workforce or to prepare for graduate study in allied health fields and medicine. Our graduate program trains students in the research enterprise and is highly acclaimed as a one of the top programs in the country. We are one of the top ranked doctoral programs in the country according to the National Research Council evaluation and the National Academy of Kinesiology doctoral program review.

We have a truly extraordinary faculty committed to providing our 800 + undergraduate and 40+ graduate students with an excellent education. We seek to discover new knowledge related to physical activity and health and translate this knowledge to improve people’s lives. Our faculty and students successfully work together to achieve this goal.

Please contact Dr. Frank Rife (frife@kin.umass.edu) for questions about our undergraduate program and our graduate admissions coordinator (gradadmissions@kin.umass.edu) for questions about our graduate program.

Patty Freedson, PhD
Professor and Chair