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Top Kinesiology Programs: List of Top Schools

Kinesiology is the study of human movement that applies scientific principles to the examination of physical activity in all places and populations. Get information about three of the best schools to offer kinesiology programs in the U.S, including distinctions and school locations. View article »

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Students interested in research careers or positions as athletic trainers and fitness center employees, among others, might want to look into kinesiology programs offered at several of the nation's top schools. These programs can cover a multitude of subjects dealing with human movement and lead to a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree.

The following schools are three of the best in the nation to offer degree programs in kinesiology and related fields of study, such as athletic training and exercise science. The University of Connecticut, University of Maryland - College Park, and Arizona State University are all highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report or house programs recognized by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

University of Connecticut

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Connecticut in Storrs 20th on its list of top public schools for 2017. Additionally, the university's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is home to a kinesiology doctoral program that received a top ten ranking from the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2015.

Among other program available through this college are exercise science bachelor's and master's degrees focused on preparing students to look at sport and exercise in physiological terms. Students can also pursue an athletic training bachelor's degree that provides them with two-and-a-half years of academic and clinical studies in this field.

University of Maryland

For 2017, the University of Maryland in College Park was tied for the 20th best public national university, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's Department of Kinesiology features faculty members who are internationally recognized kinesiology scholars. It also offers several internship opportunities to its students including undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiological Sciences or a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Both majors provide students with knowledge of the historical, psychological, and physiological aspects of movement, exercise, physical activity, and sport. Also available is a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program that has received recognition from the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Arizona State University

Arizona State University was ranked first on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the most innovative schools. Through its College of Health Solutions, Arizona State offers a minor in kinesiology. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology that can be earned along with a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology in just five years. These programs are available in the university's downtown Phoenix campus and the campus in Havasu.

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Let's take a look at seven additional schools that offer highly rated kinesiology programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Michigan State University Faculty have been recognized by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University Students have access to the Exercise Science Laboratory, which is fully equipped to provide training and testing services Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Was tied for 50th among the top national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings University Park, PA
University of Florida Their Center for Exercise Science offers several resources, including an integrative muscle biochemistry lab, a motor behavior lab, and a sports medicine lab Gainesville, FL
University of Michigan Was ranked fourth on the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top public national universities Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The School of Kinesiology offers six scholarships to kinesiology students Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin - Madison Gives students the option of joining the Kinesiology Club to take part in events, such as the Annual Poker Run Madison, WI

Once you've earned an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related field of study, you can continue your education at the graduate level. When offered by top ranked schools, these programs often feature intensive clinical studies and opportunities to undergo training in state-of-the-art labs.

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