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.
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.
research labs within the Department of Kinesiology.
of doctoral students on assistantships.
credits taught by graduate assistants each semester.
number of research publications by faculty and students in the last year.