Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Kinesiology offers seven undergraduate majors. An undergraduate Bachelor of Science major for the preparation of teachers and coaches leads to a Standard Teaching Certificate for K-12. Majors in athletic training, exercise science, fitness specialist, sport communication, and sport marketing and management also lead to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

The athletic training, exercise science, fitness specialist, sport communication, and sport marketing and management programs are interdisciplinary, providing course work in related subject matter as well as appropriate Kinesiology courses. The athletic training major leads to certification by the Board of Certification (BOC). Students who major in the area of fitness will take course work leading to certification by the American College of Sports Medicine.

The undergraduate teacher preparation curriculum is a combination of courses in teaching methodology and the human movement sciences. Professional and technical instruction is given in teaching and coaching the various sports, activities, and dance that are commonly taught in public schools with the addition of appropriate theoretical academic background.

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Physical Activity Instruction Program (PAIP)

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a variety of elective physical activity courses. For more information, please visit the PAIP page.

Undergraduate Minors
Undergraduate Certificates
Graduate Programs

Graduate curricula lead to the degrees Master of Science, Director of Physical Education, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Performance. A variety of emphasis areas are available for masters degree candidates, including adapted physical education, applied sport science, athletic training, clinical biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, ergonomics, exercise physiology, motor control, sport biomechanics, and sport management.

The Ph.D. program in human performance emphasizes adapted physical education, clinical biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, sport biomechanics, and sport management. The department operates research laboratories in these areas.

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Several areas of study can be chosen for the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University. The Department of Kinesiology offers thesis and non-thesis options, although the thesis option is required for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree.

The area of exercise science includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and applied sport science. Exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor control are designed for students interested in pursuing advanced work at the doctoral level. The applied sport science degree is designed for students interested in coaching at the high school/college level, and for those students interested in the scientific aspects of sport and human performance. The physical activity, fitness and wellness program prepares students to work in various settings promoting physical activity, fitness and wellness for people of various abilities across the lifespan.

The master's program in ergonomics is designed for students interested in human factors as applied to the work/industry environment. The area of athletic administration/sport management is designed for persons interested in careers in organized sport settings that require background in and understanding of the foundations of sport as well as management and administrative competencies. The Master of Science in athletic training is designed for persons interested in certification by the National Athletic Trainer's Association and athletic training careers in both school and non-school settings.

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Masters of Public Health, Physical Activity (M.P.H.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance (Ph.D.)

The doctoral program at Indiana University is designed to prepare scholars for faculty and research positions at colleges and universities, as well as in preparing persons for jobs in industry. Several areas of study can be chosen for the Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University. Current available programs include: adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, motor control and sport management.

Most applicants for the doctorate degree generally have backgrounds, including a Master of Science degree, in the area of specialty. However, this is not a prerequisite to admission and qualified applicants who have deficiencies in academic or professional background may be required to take specific course or acquire specific experiences as prerequisites to degree course work.

For admission to the doctoral program, applicants must have a minimum GRE score of 600 in one of the following areas: verbal, quantitative or analytical; an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; and a graduate GPA of at least 3.5. For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the Internet-based test is required for admission to all graduate degree programs. Admission to the doctoral program is dependent upon the availability of a faculty advisor in the area of study.

For the doctoral degree, students are required to complete a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the Bachelor of Science degree. Typically, this will include 30 credit hours in the major area (Kinesiology), 15 credit hours in a minor area outside of the School of HPER, 20 hours of elective courses, and 25 hours of dissertation. Each candidate for the doctorate is also required to satisfy a tool skill requirement. This requirement consists of 9 credit hours in statistics, computer programming and/or research tools classes (as appropriate to the field of study) with a minimum grade of B. These research tool credits are separate from the 90 necessary for degree completion.

Each student is also required to pass a comprehensive qualifying examination covering the fundamentals of the plan of study at the completion of all required class work. After successful completion of the comprehensive exam, the candidate must present a satisfactory dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctorate degree.

Please follow the links below for more details of the course of study and any additional admission requirements in each individual program.

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For More Information

For more information about admission criteria or for application materials, please contact:

Associate Dean for Academic Program Administration
School of Public Health
1025 E. 7th Street, Room 121
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405