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Department of Kinesiology

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Kinesiology Doctoral Program

Developing Scholars

The primary objective of the doctoral degree program in Kinesiology at Michigan State University 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 a chosen area of concentration, students must be able to interpret and integrate information from related academic disciplines. As part of the degree, student will create an individualized program of study, which takes into consideration students' academic needs and professional goals.

Our Focus

The kinesiology doctoral degree program involves a disciplinary and interdisciplinary research focus on physical activity and sport across the lifespan with a special emphasis on youth. With a variety of concentrations available within the degree, 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 Ten Quality

As part of the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University offers a quality education. The Big Ten leads all other conferences with the most Academic All-Americans and many Big Ten institutions are ranked within the top 86 universities in the nation. As a part of the College of Education, Kinesiology is situated in the same college as several top-10 ranked programs in the nation, including four programs ranked #1.

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Doctoral Visitation Program

Each year the kinesiology department invites prospective students on campus to learn more about the KIN doctoral program and the MSU community. The doctoral visitation program is a unique and valuable opportunity for prospective students. Selected students are invited for an expense-paid visit to meet with faculty and current doctoral students to decide whether MSU is the right place to study.

This Program By the Numbers

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number of research publications by faculty and students in the last year.
Unparalleled Teaching Opportunities

In the Kinesiology doctoral program students are given numerous opportunities to practice and develop their teaching skills. Students both co-teach and independently teach a variety of undergraduate kinesiology courses over the course of their study. A variety of resources are available to students for their professional development as a teacher through graduate certificates and courses designed to develop effective teaching skills.

Conference Funding

To promote the attendance and presentation of student research at academic conferences, the KIN department provides up to $400 per year to help students with the cost of travel. The Council of Graduate Students and the Graduate School also offer conference funding for students to travel to and present reseach at professional conferences.

Our Research Labs







Kinesiology Graduate Office
308 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 353-9680