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University Bulletin

Graduate Degree Programs

Kinesiology (KINES)

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NANCY I. WILLIAMS, Head of the Department
275 Recreation Building


Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S.


The Graduate Faculty


The Programs

The graduate programs in Kinesiology are research oriented and are designed to meet the specific goals and interests of the student. The primary goal of the overall program is to provide students the opportunity to study in depth one area of specialization and to develop necessary research skills to enhance their professional competence. The master's program is designed to prepare students for future graduate study, while the doctoral program is directed toward careers in research and in teaching at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels in colleges and universities. Six areas of study are available at both the master's and doctoral levels: (1) athletic training and sports medicine, (2) biomechanics, (3) exercise physiology, (4) history and philosophy of sport, (5) motor control, and (6) psychology of movement and sport. Several well-equipped research facilities are available to support graduate study, including the Biomechanics Laboratory, Motor Behavior Laboratory, and Noll Physiological Research Center.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. The minimum requirements for admission to the master's program include a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale), satisfactory recommendations, a total of 1000 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and appropriate background courses in physical, biological, behavioral, and/or social science, depending on the intended area of specialization. Candidates from majors other than exercise and sport science/physical education are welcome to apply. In addition, doctoral applicants are expected to meet more stringent admission standards, including documented research capabilities (e.g., from an M.S. degree). Experience is highly desirable. Admission is highly competitive and the best-qualified students will be admitted subject to space availability and compatibility of the student with the department's research mission.

Master's Degree Requirements

All master's candidates are required to complete a research methods course and an acceptable statistics course; show proficiency in the English language; and write a thesis. In addition, each specialization may require specific courses. All specializations require a minimum of 30 credits.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

A program to meet the individual needs of each student is planned with the adviser in consultation with the doctoral committee members. Students should elect at least 15 credits from courses within the department and at least 6 credits from courses outside the department. It is expected that the depth of knowledge in each area of study comes from independent study and research experiences, in addition to the dissertation, which are under the direction of the faculty. Specific required courses include the Colloquium and Proseminar.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships that are available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.





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