The doctoral program at Maryland prepares the next generation of researchers, scholars, teachers and professional leaders in the broad field of Kinesiology. In addition to their coursework, students actively engage in research, departmental activities, current research seminars (KNES 609), and in professional meetings at the state, regional, national and international level.

We expect that all graduates will be "good citizens" and act effectively in any professional group. It is expected that current students will monitor requirements and submit required paperwork/forms in a timely manner.  

The Department of Kinesiology’s focus on the interdisciplinary study of physical activity contributes to the broader mission of the School of Public Health by furthering the understanding of the relationship between physical activity and both individual and societal health practices, experiences, and outcomes.  


Doctoral Program Degree Competencies

  1. Students will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology, and be able to analyze their own research and locate it in relation to the broader field of kinesiology, and the aims and objectives of the School of Public Health.
  2. Students will be expected to identify, apply, and critique the range of empirical foci, concepts and theories, and research methodologies, appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.
  3. Students will be expected to originate, develop, and complete individually generated, high quality, and prescient scholarly research appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.
  4. Students will have demonstrated an ability to disseminate their scholarship (through presentation, publication, or other means) to appropriate scholarly constituencies.

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