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College of Education

Kinesiology Grad Program Overview

Program Overview

The overarching theme within the missions of WSU, the College of Education, and the Kinesiology and Educational Psychology (KEP) department involves generating research opportunities for students and faculty in an effort to create scholars who advance their fields globally. The Kinesiology Graduate Program focuses on research, knowledge acquisition, and knowledge application. It will provide a clear path for students and faculty to advance knowledge, become leaders in their respective fields of study, and apply their knowledge in a way that enhances the lives of others within their communities.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The Kinesiology graduate program provides advanced education in human movement and foundational research skills that can be applied to its understanding. Students are trained to ask important questions, find the answers to those questions, and understand the broader implications of the question and answer. Students will leave our graduate program with an appreciation for the abilities of the human body and science in general.

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The mission of the Kinesiology Graduate Program is to provide a strong scientific foundation promoting critical thinking that will enhance health, productivity, and quality of life.

Student learning outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Ability to think critically, evaluate, understand, apply, and communicate scientific research.
  2. Demonstrate advanced kinesiology knowledge in the chosen area of focus.
  3. Ability to understand and apply research principles.
  4. Awareness and understanding of how diversity issues, special and protected populations influence research and practice.
  5. Development of professional identity appropriate for future career plans.

STEM program

Our Kinesiology program is a STEM program. U.S. Department of Education CIP code 26.0908.