The primary objective of the doctoral degree program in kinesiology is to develop scholars who are competent in teaching, conducting research, and serving in leadership roles in various educational, governmental, public, or private agencies. In addition to developing expertise in an area of concentration, students must be able to interpret and integrate information from related academic disciplines. Individualized programs of study may be developed, taking into consideration students' academic needs and professional goals.
The kinesiology doctoral degree program involves a disciplinary and interdisciplinary research focus on physical activity and sport across the lifespan with special emphasis on youth. With the variety of concentrations, faculty and doctoral students are currently studying several different aspects of pediatric kinesiology. Such topics include motor development in infants and young children, interventions to increase physical activity, cognitive functioning during preadolescence and the development of life skills through youth sport participation.
Big 10 Quality
As part of the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University offers a quality education. Big Ten institutions are ranked in the top 86 universities in the nation and leads all other conferences with the most Academic All-Americans. As a part of the college of education, Kinesiology is among several top-10 ranked programs in the nation, including four programs ranked #1 in the nation.
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