The Department of Kinesiology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Kinesiology. The degree programs offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human physical activity, investigating the mechanical, neurological, biochemical, physiological and behavioral components of human movement. Health and well-being outcomes of exercise and physical activity are considered for a variety of populations.
The Master of Science degree prepares students for doctoral study in kinesiology, biology, psychology or engineering, or for graduate work in health-related professions such as physical therapy or medicine. Graduates may also choose careers as study coordinators for grant-funded research projects, or as research associates in academic, medical, and independent lab settings. There are also opportunities in industry, and in the health and fitness fields as kinesiologists, exercise specialists, personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, or wellness directors.
The Ph.D. program trains students for research and teaching in higher education and for research careers in medical schools and other agencies and facilities that conduct research. Our doctoral program in Kinesiology was rated as one of the top three in the nation in the most recent National Research Council report, and was ranked fifth nationally in the most recent rankings conducted by the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Graduate student applicants must choose one of three Major areas of academic specialization: Motor Systems (Biomechanics, Exercise Neuroscience, Motor Control, Musculoskeletal Modeling), Physical Activity (Fitness, Health, Wellness, Physical Activity Measurement, Intervention), or Physiology (Metabolism, Cardiovascular Physiology, Muscle Physiology & Biophysics, Molecular & Exercise Physiology).