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Kinesiology and Applied Physiology Graduate Program

Overview of the Graduate Program

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology are interdisciplinary in nature and emphasize fundamental principles derived from the basic sciences that have contributed to the development of our field.  Current faculty provide expertise in physiology, nutrition, metabolism, psychophysiology, and endocrinology.  Existing ties to outstanding programs at Rutgers (i.e., Nutritional Sciences, Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences, Psychology, and Physiology and Integrative Biology, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Medical School) provide a unique foundation for the education and training of the next generation of scientists in the area of Kinesiology.  The programs emphasize training in both basic and applied science.  This program focuses on in-depth training in either Exercise Physiology or Exercise Psychology.  Students will be taught about hormonal, biochemical, metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and psychological responses to exercise, exercise testing and prescription principles, and application of physical activity to an overall beneficial wellness profile.  The strengths of the department faculty and the affiliated faculty from the partnering disciplines are conducive to implementing this model.  Furthermore, due to supportive ties to the recently established Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers, translational research at both a human health and performance level will be a priority of this program.  Within the IFNH, the Center for Health & Human Performance provides an outstanding potential training experience for students in this program

The Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology offers courses of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  All students take a core curriculum in advanced exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription fundamentals, research methods, and statistics.  The remainder of the course requirements are individualized depending on the student's goals.  Original research leading to a Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation is conducted under the guidance of well-established Kinesiology researchers.

An additional non-thesis graduate education option is the Master of Business & Science (MBS) program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.  The objective of the MBS program is to educate students about the systemic adaptations and responses to exercise, and the implications for application of these principles to the health, fitness, biotechnological, nutraceutical, supplement, and wellness industries.  The MBS is designed for students with a background in science who also hold an interest in business as it combines Kinesiology course-work with Business and Finance course-work.  Additional information about the MBS option can be found here.

To Apply:

Admissions are conducted centrally through Rutgers University Graduate Admissions.

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541 U.S.A.
Phone: 848-932-7711
Fax:  732-932-8231

For More Information:

Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FACSM
Director, Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
Phone: 848-932-7050
Fax: 732-932-9151
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Janice Nappe
Adminstrative Assistant
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
Phone: 848-932-7072
Fax: 732-932-9151
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