Michigan Kinesiology is one of the top kinesiology schools with graduate programs in the U.S. We offer two master’s degree and two doctoral degree programs. Due to the vast resources available at the University of Michigan, our graduate students can take advantage of opportunities for unique interdisciplinary and dual graduate degrees. Small class sizes promote faculty-student interaction and allow students to be actively engaged in the graduate learning process.
Kinesiology graduate faculty have participated in funded research and collaborative projects with the University of Michigan Medical School, College of Engineering, School of Public Health, Ross School of Business, School of Education, College of Pharmacy, and the Department of Psychology. All of these programs are ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
All doctoral students receive full support at the outset - and it continues for four years based upon satisfactory performance. Research and endowed fellowships, teaching assistantships, health care benefits, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Stafford Loans are a few of the ways that master’s and doctoral students are funded. Travel funds are available to Kinesiology doctoral students to participate in professional meetings and conferences, and summer support is also available for doctoral students who are engaged in quality research.
New Athletic Training master's program to begin Summer 2021! Students in our new Athletic Training master's program will have unparalleled access to the nation’s top researchers, medical practitioners, and clinical settings. At graduation, our students will be proficient in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Our curriculum will combine classroom instruction with hands-on clinical experiences and valuable mentorships. Through these experiences, the Athletic Training graduate program will prepare students for a career as an athletic trainer in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings, and other healthcare environments. Note: We will welcome our first cohort of AT master's students in summer 2021. An application will be made available later in 2020.
The Master of Science in Movement Science program examines and explores human movement from a variety of perspectives. Working with a faculty advisor, you'll develop an academic program tailored to your particular interests. These interests may include injury prevention and rehabilitation, sport medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, pedagogy, and/or motor control and development. As a student in this program, you'll have the flexibility of creating a custom tailored program of study. You may have the opportunity to participate in research. A thesis option is also available in this program.
The Master of Science in Sport Management program is particularly suitable if you wish to work in the business of sport and manage elements of the sport enterprise. Through academic and hands-on experiences, you'll develop a solid background in the areas of leadership, management, marketing, law, economics, and finance. As a student in this program, you'll follow a clearly defined program of study. You may have the opportunity to complete sport industry internships and participate in related research. A thesis option is also available in this program.
The PhD in Movement Science program prepares you to work as a scholar, teacher, researcher, or movement science professional. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor with expertise in your area of interest to conduct research and write a dissertation. Minimum requirements include kinesiology and cognate coursework, a research rotation, qualifying examinations, and a dissertation. As a PhD student, you'll have the opportunity to study human movement through an interdisciplinary approach. You may pursue studies in medicine, neuroscience, bioengineering, and education.
The PhD in Sport Management program prepares you to work as a scholar, teacher, researcher, or sport management professional. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor with expertise in your area of interest to conduct research and write a dissertation. Minimum requirements include kinesiology and cognate coursework, a research rotation, qualifying examinations, and a dissertation. As a PhD student, you'll have the opportunity to study sport management through an interdisciplinary approach. You may pursue studies in management, marketing, operations, economics, social science, and education.
Students who are currently enrolled in a master's or PhD program at the University of Michigan may participate in the Physical Activity & Nutrition (PAN) Certificate program. This integrated discourse in physical activity together with nutrition will challenge you to look at research questions and societal issues from a broader, interdisciplinary lens. The expanded portfolio of experiences and expertise that you receive from this program will help you integrate knowledge and research in fields such as medicine, therapy/rehabilitation, and nutrition/dietetics.