Congratulations to our excellent faculty and graduate students! Our Doctoral Program has achieved a #3 ranking by the National Academy of Kinesiology! (see the complete rankings here)

General Introduction

The University of Maryland is located in the metropolitan area of Washington DC, approximately 8 miles from the many libraries, museums, research institutions and cultural activities associated with the nation's Capital. The College Park campus currently enrolls approximately 37,000 students, of whom over 10,000 are graduate students. There are more than 70 students pursuing graduate work in the Department of Kinesiology. Most students are enrolled full-time in graduate study. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Degrees and Specializations

The Department of Kinesiology offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts (MA), the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Physical Activity, and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. The MA and PhD degrees are offered in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Motor Neuroscience: Motor control, motor development, biomechanics, computational motor neuroscience, sport psychology, exercise psychophysiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Genetic, molecular, cellular and applied research in muscular, metabolic, and cardiovascular aspects of exercise physiology
  • Physical Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinary analysis of physical culture, cultural kinesiology, sociology of sport and physical activity, history of sport and physical activity, sport marketing and media

Supporting courses are also offered in research methods, experimental design, statistics, and computer data acquisition and processing. Graduate students may pursue specialized interests through appropriate independent research or projects.

Students interested in physical education should consider the K-12 Physical Education Master's Certificate (MCERT) offered through the College of Education. The Physical Education Master's Certification Program is a 13 month intensive graduate level teacher preparation program.

Graduate School Policies

Both prospective and current students are encouraged to visit the Graduate School website at www.gradschool.umd.edu. This online resource includes the Graduate Catalog with information on UMD graduate school policies and procedures. It also provides a link to the listing of important deadlines for graduate students.

General questions about our Kinesiology graduate program can be directed via email here.

Graduate Director: Dr. Stephen Roth

MA and PhD Graduate Coordinator: Polly Sebastian

MPH Graduate Coordinator: Jennie Phillips