Kinesiology (KNES)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Health


A vital part of the School of Public Health, the Department of Kinesiology offers programs leading to the Master of Arts (thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research emphases within the three broadly defined areas of exercise physiology, cognitive motor neuroscience, and physical cultural studies are offered. Within each of these cognate areas, students develop specialized programs with faculty guidance and consistent with faculty expertise. Details of faculty research interests and additional information can be found at the department website.

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research graduate assistantships are offered each academic year. At the present time, over two-thirds of the graduate students are financially supported. Teaching assistants work as discussion leaders and laboratory assistants as well as instructors in physical activity classes. Many research assistants are supported by grants. The department is active in seeking University fellowships for its outstanding applicants. 


Dr. Shannon Jette
Associate Professor
Director Graduate Studies
Department of Kinesiology
2351 School of Public Health Building
7200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2497
Fax: 301.405.5578
Courses: KNES SPHL
Relationships: Bioengineering (BIOE)     Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)

The M.A. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology programs accept applications through the online graduate application through the TerpEngage Graduate Admissions System.

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (M.A applicants)
  • A Kinesiology undergraduate degree is not required; relevance of undergraduate major at discretion of proposed faculty advisor (M.A applicants)
  • Master's degree in Kinesiology is not required; prior degree relevance will be assessed by the potential faculty advisor (PhD applicants)
  • Three letters of recommendation - letters should be from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and potential
  • CV/Resume
  • Official GRE test scores submission is waived for Fall 2022 admissions. GRE scores won’t be reviewed.
  • A writing Sample(s) is required. E.g: Undergraduate thesis or major paper; Master's thesis or major paper; Published manuscript (if you submit a published manuscript and you are not the first author, describe your contribution to the publication). 
  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional)
  • Publications/Presentations (optional)
  • Teaching Assistantship form (optional)

Note for applicants with foreign credentials:

Students may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA (M.A.) or 3.5 GPA (Ph.D.), and a focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as previous research experiences. In addition, each applicant should submit a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and research potential. Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended research specialization is expected. Graduate faculty sponsorship is also necessary for admission; each faculty member has only a limited number of openings and only the most highly qualified applicants are selected. Faculty review of applications does not occur until all required parts of the application are received. This review is done in early January; therefore applicants are encouraged to have all their application materials submitted by January 1 for best consideration for admission and financial support.”

Note: Regardless of academic preparation, a qualified faculty member in the proposed Area of Study (i.e. Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, or Physical Cultural Studies) must be willing to sponsor and mentor the student prior to applying. Applicants should speak with the faculty member with whom they prefer to study. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and make appointments to interview with faculty.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents January 13, 2023 October 14, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants January 13, 2023 September 30, 2022


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The Department has three areas of specialization: Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, and Physical Cultural Studies. Laboratories are maintained, which support original investigations in each of the three areas. Laboratories include equipment for measuring metabolic parameters, strength, body composition, postural sway, ground reaction forces, amount of physical activity in daily life, as well as muscle biopsies and movement analysis. The response of the human body to physical activity/exercise can be viewed through ECG, EEG, EMG and systematic behavior observation systems. Each of the three research areas has interfaced computer hardware and software to support data collection and analysis. Collaborations with the School of Medicine at the Baltimore campus and with NIH often result in the availability of other facilities and equipment. All graduate students have access to computers and other forms of technology. Details and pictures of current facilities and equipment are available at our website:

Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab Various tools provide students with opportunities to measure, postural sway, ground reaction forces, multi-digit pressing and moments in 3-D, and movement analysis. These tools include:

  1. A three wall rear-projected monoscopic CAVE display system with three XGA digital projectors. The system is designed for standing humans to be immersed in a visual world to test questions about how the nervous system processes visual information to maintain upright stance.
  2. A hydraulically-controlled moveable force platform for recording center of pressure and ground reaction forces inside the CAVE.
  3. An Optotrak motion analysis system, capable of tracking up to 24 LEDs simultaneously for whole body analysis.
  4. A touch plate consisting of a miniature force plate capable of resolving .01 N of force in three directions.
  5. A Logitech 6D ultrasonic tracking system consisting of a control unit, two triangular receivers and one triangular transmitter. Each receiver provides three components of translation (x, y, z) and three components of rotation (yaw, pitch, roll) with a resolution of .006 cm.
  6. A 16 channel EMG Neuraxon system for recording muscle activity. Because responses of the human body can be viewed through Electrocardiographic (ECG), Electroencephalic (EEG), and Electromyographic (EMG), we collaborate with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine at Baltimore and the National Institutes of Health. This results in the availability of other facilities and equipment whereby students may join forces on projects involving neuroimaging and virtual reality environments.

Exercise Physiology Lab The Exercise Physiology group has various laboratories capable of supporting a wide-range of exercise-related studies, including metabolic testing, Bod-Pod body composition, muscular strength and power testing, and various clinical blood-based assays. Moreover, the group collaborates with various nearby facilities for high-quality measurement of body composition, including muscle size, bone density, and visceral adiposity. A 6,000 sq. ft. training facility is fully equipped with aerobic exercise training equipment and 20+ Keiser strength training machines for all major muscle groups. In addition to these general facilities, the group maintains other specialized laboratories. The Functional Genomics Lab studies the role of genetic variation in disease susceptibility and the responses and adaptations of different individuals to various exercise programs. The lab has state of the art equipment for genetic analysis, including extensive computer resources. The Molecular Biology Lab has extensive scientific resources for examining the effects of exercise and inactivity on muscle, adipose, and other cell types utilizing both in vivo and in vitro approaches. website:

Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) advances the critically and theoretically-driven analysis of physical culture, in all its myriad forms. These include sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices, which PCS research locates and analyzes within the broader social, political, economic, and technological contexts in which they are situated. More specifically, PCS is dedicated to the contextually based understanding of the corporeal practices, discourses, and subjectivities through which active bodies become organized, represented, and experienced in relation to the operations of social power. PCS thus identifies the role played by physical culture in reproducing, and sometimes challenging, particular class, ethnic, gender, ability, generational, national, racial, and/or sexual norms and differences.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Andrews David L. Full Member B.Ed. Exeter University, 1985; M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, 1993. Professor, Kinesiology
Professor, Physical Activity
Affiliate Associate Professor, Sociology
Brown Elizabeth Y. Adjunct Member B.S., Kent State University, 1965; M.Ed., 1967; Ed.D., University of Houston, 1973. Instructor, Kinesiology
Clark Jane E. Full Member B.S., State University of New York-College at Brockport, 1968; M.Ed.,University of Washington, 1970; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976. Professor, Physical Activity
Professor Emerita, Kinesiology
Dotson Charles O. Full Member B.A., Morehead State University, 1963; M.S., Purdue University, 1964; Ph.D., 1968. Professor Emeritus, Kinesiology
Friedman Michael Adjunct Member B.A., Tufts University, 1992; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000; Ph.D., 2008. Research Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Glancy Sarah Full Member B.S., Rutgers University, 2008; Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2012 Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Hagberg James M. Full Member B.A.,Carthage College, 1972; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974; Ph.D.,1976. Professor, Kinesiology
Professor, Physical Activity
Hatfield Bradley D. Full Member B.P.E., University of New Brunswick-Fredericton, 1974; B.A.,1975; M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1976; M.S.A., Ohio University, 1982; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1982. Chair, Kinesiology
Professor, Kinesiology
Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Professor, Physical Activity
Hurley Bernard F. Full Member B.A., University of South Florida, 1972; M.A., 1975; Ph.D., Florida State University, 1981. Professor, Physical Activity
Professor Emeritus, Kinesiology
Iso-Ahola Seppo E. Full Member B.S., University of Jyvaskyla-Finland, 1971; M.S., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1972; M.S., University of Jyvaskyla-Finland, 1973; Ph.D.,University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1976. Professor, Kinesiology
Professor, Physical Activity
Jette Shannon Full Member B.SC., Simon Fraser University, 1998; M.A. University of British Columbia, 2004; Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2009. Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Assistant Professor, Physical Activity
McDaniel Stephen R. Full Member B.S., Moorhead State University, 1985; M.A., University of South Florida, 1991; Ph.D., Florida State University, 1995. Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Associate Professor, Physical Activity
Miller Ross H. Full Member B.S., Iowa State University, 2003; M.S., Iowa State University, 2005; M.S., Iowa State University, 2006; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010. Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Assistant Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Assistant Professor, Physical Activity
Prior Steven J. Full Member B.S., University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, 1999; M.A., Ohio State University, 2001; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 2005 Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Ranadive Sushant Full Member Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, Urbana, Illinois, May 2012 Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Roberts Jennifer Full Member B.A., Brown University, 1996; M.P.H., Emory University, 2000; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2004 Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Rogers Marc A. Full Member B.S., State University of New York-College at Cortland, 1976; M.Ed., University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1979; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1984. Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Associate Professor, Physical Activity
Roth Stephen M. Full Member B.S., University of Montana, 1996; M.A., University of Maryland, 1998; Ph.D., 2000. Professor, Physical Activity
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Associate Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Shim Jae Kun Full Member B.A., Kyunghee University-Seoul, 1999; M.S., Ball State University, 2002; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2005 Professor, Bioengineering
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Associate Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Smith Jerome Carson Full Member B.S., Arizona State University, 1993; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2000 Associate Professor, Kinesiology