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Financial Assistance








Hatfield, Bradley D., Full Member


Andrews, David L., Full Member

Clark, Jane E., Full Member

Hagberg, James M., Full Member

Hatfield, Bradley D., Full Member

Hurley, Bernard F., Full Member

Iso-Ahola, Seppo E., Full Member

Associate Professor

McDaniel, Stephen R., Full Member

Rogers, Marc A., Full Member

Roth, Stephen M., Full Member

Shim, Jae Kun, Full Member

Smith, J. Carson, Full Member

Spangenburg, Espen, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Gentilli, Rodolphe, Full Member

Glancy, Sarah, Full Member

Jette, Shannon, Full Member

Miller, Ross H., Full Member

Ranadive, Sushant, Full Member

Roberts, Jennifer, Full Member

Research Assistant Professor

Friedman, Michael, Adjunct Member

Kiemel, Timothy L., Adjunct Member


Brown, Elizabeth Y., Adjunct Member

Scott, Marvin W., Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Ennis, Catherine D., Full Member

Hult, Joan S., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Clarke, David H., Full Member

Dotson, Charles O., Full Member

Franks, Burleigh Don, Full Member

Jeka, John J., Full Member

Kelley, David L., Full Member

Steel, Donald H., Full Member

Associate Professor Emerita

Phillips, Sally J., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Wrenn, Jerry P., Full Member

More KNES Faculty Information

Kinesiology (KNES)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


A vital part of the School of Public Health, the Department of Kinesiology offers programs leading to the Master of Arts (thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research emphases within the three broadly defined areas of exercise physiology, cognitive motor neuroscience, and physical cultural studies are offered. Within each of these cognate areas, students develop specialized programs with faculty guidance and consistent with faculty expertise. Details of faculty research interests and additional information can be found at the department website

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Teaching Assistantship form

Students may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA for M.A. or 3.5 GPA for Ph.D. programs, strong GREs, and a focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as previous research experiences. In addition, each applicant should submit a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and research potential. Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended research specialization is expected. Graduate faculty sponsorship is also necessary for admission; each faculty member has only a limited number of openings and only the most highly qualified applicants are selected. Faculty review of applications does not occur until all required parts of the application are received. This review is done in early January; therefore applicants are encouraged to have all their application materials submitted by January 1 for best consideration for admission and financial support.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
16 Feb29 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

KNES 600: Kinesiology in Public Health (3 credits)

KNES 601: Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3 credits)

Research Skills and Methods course (3 credits)

Research Tools/Processes course (3 credits)

Professional Ethics course (1 credit)

Specialization courses (6 credits)

Outside Specialization course (3 credits)

Thesis option:

KNES 799: Master's Thesis research (6 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Non-thesis option:

KNES 798: Internship in Physical Education/Sports Management (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)


Completion of the master's degree with thesis requires a minimum of 24 semester hours and six thesis credits. The M.A. non-thesis option requires a minimum of 27 semester hours, a three-credit project based on an independent scholarly investigation, and a final comprehensive examination. Students in both options work under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor and must complete, as a minimum, six semester hours in a cognate area, six semester hours in research processes, and twelve semester hours in supporting courses either in or outside of the department. If internships are selected as part of the individual program, the total credits will exceed the minimum 30 credits.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

The doctoral program in Kinesiology requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master's degree, including 12 credits of KNES 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Required coursework (48 credits) includes:

KNES 600: Kinesiology in Public Health (3 credits)

KNES 601: Epidemiology of Physical Activity (3 credits)

Professional Ethics course (1 credit)

Research Skills and Methods Courses

Research Issues Courses


The doctoral program is designed to prepare outstanding scholars in a research domain in Kinesiology. To complete the program, a student must provide substantial evidence of his or her ability to frame and complete original research.

A Ph.D. student's program is tailored to meet his or her academic goals, but all students will produce and follow a research plan and complete a minimum of 90 credit hours relevant to Kinesiology (including dissertation) beyond the bachelor's degree. The program of study includes research experiences, as well as courses in the cognate area, other supportive courses outside of the department that broaden or deepen one's knowledge, and courses in research and analytic processes. Students also are expected to engage in the culture of Kinesiology through active participation in seminars and other departmental activities and to develop teaching expertise in the subdiscipline. All Ph.D. students are expected to complete a dissertation, which is the culminating research experience and contributes to knowledge in kinesiology.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department has three areas of specialization: Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, and Physical Cultural Studies. Laboratories are maintained, which support original investigations in each of the three areas. Laboratories include equipment for measuring metabolic parameters, strength, body composition, postural sway, ground reaction forces, amount of physical activity in daily life, as well as muscle biopsies and movement analysis. The response of the human body to physical activity/exercise can be viewed through ECG, EEG, EMG and systematic behavior observation systems. Each of the three research areas has interfaced computer hardware and software to support data collection and analysis. Collaborations with the School of Medicine at the Baltimore campus and with NIH often result in the availability of other facilities and equipment. All graduate students have access to computers and other forms of technology. Details and pictures of current facilities and equipment are available at our website:

Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab - Various tools provide students with opportunities to measure, postural sway, ground reaction forces, multi-digit pressing and moments in 3-D, and movement analysis. These tools include: (1) A three wall rear-projected monoscopic CAVE display system with three XGA digital projectors. The system is designed for standing humans to be immersed in a visual world to test questions about how the nervous system processes visual information to maintain upright stance. (2) A hydraulically-controlled moveable force platform for recording center of pressure and ground reaction forces inside the CAVE. (3) An Optotrak motion analysis system, capable of tracking up to 24 LEDs simultaneously for whole body analysis. (4) A touch plate consisting of a miniature force plate capable of resolving .01 N of force in three directions. (5) A Logitech 6D ultrasonic tracking system consisting of a control unit, two triangular receivers and one triangular transmitter. Each receiver provides three components of translation (x, y, z) and three components of rotation (yaw, pitch, roll) with a resolution of .006 cm. (6) A 16 channel EMG Neuraxon system for recording muscle activity. Because responses of the human body can be viewed through Electrocardiographic (ECG), Electroencephalic (EEG), and Electromyographic (EMG), we collaborate with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine at Baltimore and the National Institutes of Health. This results in the availability of other facilities and equipment whereby students may join forces on projects involving neuroimaging and virtual reality environments.

Exercise Physiology Lab The Exercise Physiology group has various laboratories capable of supporting a wide-range of exercise-related studies, including metabolic testing, Bod-Pod body composition, muscular strength and power testing, and various clinical blood-based assays. Moreover, the group collaborates with various nearby facilities for high-quality measurement of body composition, including muscle size, bone density, and visceral adiposity. A 6,000 sq. ft. training facility is fully equipped with aerobic exercise training equipment and 20+ Keiser strength training machines for all major muscle groups. In addition to these general facilities, the group maintains other specialized laboratories. The Functional Genomics Lab studies the role of genetic variation in disease susceptibility and the responses and adaptations of different individuals to various exercise programs. The lab has state of the art equipment for genetic analysis, including extensive computer resources. The Molecular Biology Lab has extensive scientific resources for examining the effects of exercise and inactivity on muscle, adipose, and other cell types utilizing both in vivo and in vitro approaches. website:

Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) advances the critically and theoretically-driven analysis of physical culture, in all its myriad forms. These include sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices, which PCS research locates and analyzes within the broader social, political, economic, and technological contexts in which they are situated. More specifically, PCS is dedicated to the contextually based understanding of the corporeal practices, discourses, and subjectivities through which active bodies become organized, represented, and experienced in relation to the operations of social power. PCS thus identifies the role played by physical culture in reproducing, and sometimes challenging, particular class, ethnic, gender, ability, generational, national, racial, and/or sexual norms and differences.

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research graduate assistantships are offered each academic year. At the present time, over two-thirds of the graduate students are financially supported. Teaching assistants work as discussion leaders and laboratory assistants as well as instructors in physical activity classes. Many research assistants are supported by grants. The department is active in seeking University fellowships for its outstanding applicants. Currently the department provides partial financial support for all graduate students who are selected to present their research at scholarly meetings.

Contact Statement

For additional information and an application, contact: Polly Sebastian-Schurer at



Polly Sebastian-Schurer, Graduate Coordinator

Department of Kinesiology2351 SPH BuildingSchool of Public Health(Valley Drive)

College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301)405-2453

Fax: (301)405-5578


Associated Information




Sport Studies; Sport Commerce; Sport Sociology; Sport Culture; Sport Psychology; Exercise Science; Exercise Physiology; Exercise Psychophysiology; Exercise neuroscience, Movement Sciences; Cognitive Motor Behavior; Motor Development; Motor Control; Motor Learning; Neuroscience; exercise and Aging; Physical Culture; Neuromechanics; exercise genomics; Kinesiology; Motor Neuroscience; biomechanics; physical activity; exercise; motor behavior.


Bioengineering (BIOE)

Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)