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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.

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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:

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Prospective Student Information

  • There is no fixed deadline for applications, but you are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible to ensure full consideration for financial aid including graduate assistantships and fellowships.
  • Prospective applicants should note that our admissions are mentor-based, and that it is critical that you reach out to prospective faculty mentors even before you apply. More information about this aspect of the process can be found in our applicant FAQ.
  • Application and admission procedures
  • Handbook for Prospective Students

Current Student Information