The graduate program in kinesiology is both nationally and internationally prominent in several research areas within the broader field of kinesiology. This prominence is due to individual faculty excellence, the production and dissemination of quality research, and the mentoring and graduation rates of excellent graduate students.
The program emphasizes research and scholarly activity, and is strengthened by continued collaborations between the graduate faculty and faculty in other departments that contribute to the discipline (e.g., engineering, history, neuroscience, physiology, psychology). The graduate program supports the studies of approximately 60 students each year.
Graduate training is enhanced by the availability of excellent laboratory facilities and the considerable success of faculty in generating external funding—more than $3 million annually—in support of their research and graduate training agendas.
Kinesiology Graduate Program Receives Top Rankings
Penn State’s kinesiology graduate program received a #1 ranking from the National Research Council in 2010, and in 2015 it has been ranked #3 (unadjusted for the number of tenure track faculty) and #9 (adjusted for the number of tenure track faculty) by the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Areas of Study
Graduate programs in kinesiology have several different areas of study for students to concentrate their research and learning, including:
- Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
- Exercise Physiology
- History and Philosophy of Sport
- Motor Control
- Psychology of Physical Activity