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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.

One of the top-ranked programs of its kind, Penn State’s Kinesiology graduate program has a long and distinguished record of producing leaders in the field. The national and international prominence of the program is due to the excellence of our graduate faculty, the production and dissemination of quality research, and the mentoring and graduation rates of excellent graduate students.

We offer two graduate degree programs:

The graduate program emphasizes research and scholarly activity, and is strengthened by continued collaborations between our faculty and faculty in other departments that contribute to the discipline (e.g., engineering, history, neuroscience, physiology, psychology).

Graduate training is enhanced by our excellent laboratory facilities and the success of our faculty in securing external funding—more than $3 million annually—in support of their research and graduate training agendas. More than 40 students are pursuing advanced degrees in the program at any one time.

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.

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.