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Department of Kinesiology

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Kinesiology Undergraduate Degree

Explore the Study of Human Movement

Kinesiology majors study movement and physical activity, as well as its impact on health, society and quality of life.

Students will take classes covering a variety of topics and areas of interests including: Kinesiology, motor control and development, sports business management, athletic training and sports medicine, the psychology and sociology of physical activity, sport and exercise physiology, fitness leadership and the promotion of health/wellness in communities at home and abroad. Course work is enhanced by hands-on lab experience, research opportunities and a senior internship.   

Cognates and minors in our curriculum will allow you to explore opportunities in the field, cultivate mentors and fine-tune your interests. Many of our students choose to study abroad, particularly through the Summer Sports Down Under Program in Australia. Explore the world of kinesiology at MSU!


The Department of Kinesiology has a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) articulation agreement with Central Michigan University (CMU) helping to “fast-track” selected students into CMU’s DPT program. Please see the information page below for detailed information.

Central Michigan University – 2024 Application Information and Nomination Form coming soon


Your career aspirations are endless with a degree from Michigan State University. Graduates have found careers as medical  and rehabilitation technicians, health administrators, corporate wellness managers, coaches, exercise physiologists, sports psychologists and more. A degree in Kinesiology is also a great way to prepare for graduate programs in medicine, rehabilitation, athletic training, Kinesiology, public health, to name a few. Find your best fit by talking with your advisors about career options and opportunities.


Students can gather insight and study tips from academic advisors, learn about research and internship opportunities, and get a jump on your career exploration and planning by checking out our KIN-nections blog.

Immersive Research

With state-of-the-art laboratory spaces, research is a unique and beneficial part of the degree. Work side-by-side with researchers on ongoing projects at Michigan State including studies on ADHD, concussions, athletic injuries, motor sports, pregnancy, strokes and more.

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MSU exposed me to numerous paths within kinesiology through curriculum and also extracurricular opportunities, allowing me to understand where my strengths—and more importantly, passions—lied.


B.S. 2013

Going global

Experience the culture, custom and practices of another country. Study abroad opportunities include the Summer Sports Program Down Under in Australia.

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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 F: (517) 353-9680