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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 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.

Our Focus


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.


This Program By the Numbers

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Application deadline is January 15
Doctoral Visitation Program

Each year the kinesiology department invites prospective students on campus to help them learn more about the KIN doctoral program and see the MSU community. Selected students are invited for this expense paid visit and are given the opportunity to meet with faculty and current doctoral students to help decide whether MSU is the right place. The doctoral visitation program is a unique and valuable opportunity that prospective students should consider attending.

Unparalleled Teaching Opportunities

Within the KIN doctoral program, students are given numerous opportunities to practice and develop their teaching skills to prepare them for their future career. Students both co-teach and independently teach a variety of undergraduate kinesiology courses over the course of their study. Resources are available to students to continue developing as a teacher through certificates and courses designed to develop the skills necessary for effectively teaching students.

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. In addition, the Council of Graduate Students and the Graduate School offers a conference funding for students to travel. Other funding opportunities are also available for students through the KIN department such as the KIN Research Fellowship with provides funding for students who present and publish a paper for publication.

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