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Department of Kinesiology

Three Kinesiology Spartans were recently named to a national board on youth sports.
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Department of Kinesiology

Studying & Improving Movement

The Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is dedicated to the study of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, with a special emphasis on youth.

We aim to educate individuals to lead physically active and healthy lives, and to prepare individuals for research and leadership positions in educational, sport and clinical settings.

Research & Practice

In all of our programs, research and practice are intertwined, in our impact-focused labs, in the classroom with renowned faculty and in hands-on applications on campus and beyond. Faculty areas of research interest include a focus on pediatric health and wellbeing, youth sports, motor learning and more.

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Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology

The bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at MSU can prepare students for positions in allied health care, fitness and wellness promotion, community physical education, coaching and sports administration. Careers are varied and work settings include medical, clinical, educational, psychosocial, corporate and sports environments. Many kinesiology graduates earn advanced degrees and participate in research through multiple research laboratories.

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Leading the Field in Graduate Study

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Our Department By the Numbers

years of department history
faculty-led lab spaces
current faculty elected to National Academy of Kinesiology

Advocacy for the field

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. As a member of the AKA, the Department of Kinesiology at MSU has access to professional development and other resources that enable us to offer a cutting edge curriculum and impactful research and outreach. Our department chairperson, Alan L. Smith, is President-Elect of the AKA.

Cutting-Edge Education

Students can take their Spartan experience to the next level by working, or participating in their KINternship, in one of our research labs. These immersive experiences can include working on-or in-ongoing and diverse research opportunities throughout the department. Alumni go on to excel in extraordinary, impactful careers.


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Department of Kinesiology
IM Sports Circle Building
308 W. Circle Drive, Room 134
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 355-4730