Welcome to the Kinesiology Department at Kansas State University! We invite you to learn more about our department and the opportunities we offer.

Our department is home to an excellent community of faculty and staff, combining both scholarship and professional experience as instructors, leaders, and specialists with a focused commitment to students and teaching.

What's New

Ph.D. Program

The Department of Kinesiology announces a new Ph.D. program in the College of Human Ecology with a specialization in Kinesiology. Students are prepared to conduct research in exercise physiology or public health physical activity. The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including 30 credit hours of dissertation research. A maximum of 30 hours may be transferred from a completed master's degree. A maximum of 9 credit hours can be transferred from graduate work completed after the master's degree at another accredited university. Doctoral students are required to pass both written and oral preliminary examinations prior to admission to candidacy. For more information please refer to the degree requirements http://catalog.k-state.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=6697 and contact a potential major professor directly.



The Department of Kinesiology and the College of Human Ecology are joining forces to offer K-State students enhanced educational and research opportunities.  In January, Kinesiology transitioned from the College of Arts & Sciences to become the fifth major unit in Human Ecology. The move makes sense academically and scientifically.  Kinesiology shares human ecology’s mission to discover, disseminate and apply science-based knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition. The Department’s focused goal and strategic plan align most appropriately with those of human ecology to promote health and well-being through research and teaching.  Kinesiology is thrilled to become a major part of the College of Human Ecology. Together we can attract a broader range of research and development funding. Together we can give students more opportunities to be involved in meaningful, collaborative research and to be better qualified to meet the challenges in the human condition in today’s world. Together we can more effectively and efficiently move toward the university’s goal to be a top 50 public research university by 2025.

A letter describing the rationale behind the move is available here. Look for more announcements about the details of the move in the near future.


David A. Dzewaltowski, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head






The final frontier may be no further than Manhattan, Kan., as a team of Kansas State University researchers launches a project funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Thomas Barstow, professor of kinesiology, his doctoral student Carl Ade will research what physical characteristics are necessary for an astronaut to perform lunar tasks. The team also will study ways to assess whether a person has enough physical capacity to perform the tasks.