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Department of Kinesiology

On August 1, Panteleimon Ekkekakis became the chair of the MSU Department of Kinesiology.
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Department of Kinesiology

Studying & Improving Movement

The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is dedicated to the study of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth.

We aim to educate individuals to lead physically active and healthy lives, and to prepare individuals for research and leadership positions in educational, sport and clinical settings.

Research & Practice

In all of our programs, research and practice are intertwined, in our impact-focused labs, in the classroom with renowned faculty and in hands-on applications on campus and beyond. Faculty areas of research interest include a focus on pediatric health and wellbeing, youth sports, motor learning and more.

Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology

The bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at MSU can prepare students for positions in allied health care, fitness and wellness promotion, community physical education, coaching and sports administration. Careers are varied and work settings include medical, clinical, educational, psychosocial, corporate and sports environments. Many kinesiology graduates earn advanced degrees and participate in research through multiple research laboratories.

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Meet Our Faculty

Our renowned faculty members conduct impactful, evidence-based research and lead in and out of the classroom. Meet the faculty from across the Department of Kinesiology, and explore their varied research interests.

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Our Department By the Numbers

Advocacy for the field

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. As a member of the AKA, the Department of Kinesiology at MSU has access to professional development and other resources that enable us to offer a cutting edge curriculum and impactful research and outreach.

Cutting-Edge Education

Students can take their Spartan experience to the next level by working, or participating in their KINternship, in one of our research labs. These immersive experiences can include working on-or in-ongoing and diverse research opportunities throughout the department. Alumni go on to excel in extraordinary, impactful careers.


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Department of Kinesiology
308 W. Circle Drive, Room 134 IM Sports Circle Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 355-4730