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Kinesiology is the study of human movement.

At Ohio State, our graduate and undegraduate students kinesiology majors learn exercise science, physical education or sport management from renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities with plenty of opportunities to develop their research experiences.

In fact, the PhD program at Ohio State is the sixth best among U.S. universities. Our faculty place particular focus on:

  • obesity prevention
  • health and wellness throughout life
  • physical education in school
  • sports in culture and history
  • the business of athletics
  • promoting physical activity
  • educational programs for lifelong health

What can you do with a kinesiology degree?

There are many ways to take a kinesiology degree from Ohio State into a fulfilling professional career.

Health and Exercise Science prepares you to educate the public how to enhance physical activity and health behaviors to prevent and treat chronic disease, influence others to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and improve sport and exercise programs.

Physical Education teaches you the skills and best practices to educate and train youth to develop and maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

Sport Management trains you for careers in the highly competitive sport industry as you learn how to keep sports and physical activities organizations successful.

As the 14th largest city in the United States, Columbus offers you numerous opportunities to see and work in the field. Within a two-hour drive there are seven universities with athletic departments, more than 20 professional sports teams, nationally ranked hospital systems and numerous sports and recreation programs.

The challenging and exciting career options available are only limited by your imagination.


Health and Exercise Science Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Health and Exercise Science
Specialize in exercise physiology or health and physical activity behavior as you train to become an expert researcher.

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Health and Exercise Science
Expand you knowledge and broaden your clinical skills in exercise physiology or health and physical activity behavior.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Exercise Science Education
Learn how health and performance are affected by exercise, participate in research and get a first-rate education from today's leading exercise physiologists and physical activity behavior researchers.

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, Nutrition and Exercise Science
Prepare for a career in promoting health with content expertise in nutrition and exercise science. Studies in this area qualify you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam and is preparation for graduate studies in health behavior, physical therapy and medicine.

Sports Coaching and Physical Education Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Physical Education
Ohio State's nationally acclaimed doctorate program teaches you the skills and know-how to advance the study of physical education.

Doctor of Education in Kinesiology, Physical Education
Get equipped with the evidence-based best practices to educate pre-service teachers to improve the lives of children and youth through physical education.

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Physical Education
The knowledge you gain in our master's program will help you be effective in improving the lives of children and youth through physical activity.

Master of Sports Coaching
This one-of-a-kind degree provides experienced and motivated coaches with the skills to make critical decisions and maintain high ethical standards while training and motivating youth and adult athletes to perform at their very best.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Sport Coaching, Recreation and Physical Education
Combine your love of physical activity and building relationships with our teacher licensure or physical activity specialist programs.

Sports Management Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology, Sport Management
Be among the best minds in the field. Our prestigious sport management program is where you can thrive and pursue the research that interests you.

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport Management
Get the skills that will put you in leadership roles and keep sports and physical activities organizations successful.

Bachelor of Science in Sport Industry
Majoring in sport industry prepares students to thrive in the vibrant, diverse and compelling world of sport and recreation.

Minors and Licenses 

Coaching Education Minor
Learn how to effectively coach and administer youth and adolescent sports programs with this minor.

PDF iconHealth Education Licensure
This program allows school teachers or teachers-in-training to add a health education credential to their teaching license.

Physical Activity Specialist Minor
Get valuable internship experience and hands-on training working with youth in physical activity settings as you learn about a variety of important topics in this minor.