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Department of Kinesiology


Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology 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 doctoral 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 and contact a potential major professor directly.

Researchers Explore Physiological Effects of Space Travel with NASA Grant

The final frontier may be no further than Manhattan, Kansas, 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 (NASA).

Thomas Barstow, professor of kinesiology and 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.

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