School of Kinesiology Graduate Programs Handbook


Welcome to the School of Kinesiology (KIN) at the University of Minnesota! 

This handbook is designed to provide M.S., M.A., and Ph.D. students with a readily available source of information about their program, procedures, and graduate student resources. The University offers many comprehensive and useful resources to help students navigate through the graduate education system. You can use the handbook as an advising tool, referring to it when you need the “nuts and bolts” of degree requirements. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the contents of the handbook and that you keep it and refer to it as a quick reference guide. 

The information in this handbook and other University catalogs, publications, or announcements is subject to change without notice. University offices can provide current information about possible changes, and the School of Social Work will post notices on the School’s home page as changes occur.  In the course of your graduate study you may also need to consult other sources, such as the Graduate School Catalog, for Graduate School requirements and course descriptions, or the Graduate Assistant Handbook, if you have been hired for a graduate assistantship. Class schedules are available online via the University’s One Stop Website. There are links from the One Stop site to topics ranging from bus service and parking to University-wide calendars and policies. 

The School of Kinesiology is one of seven departments in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Each department is administered by a chairperson or director appointed by the Dean of the College. The director of the School of Kinesiology, Professor Beth Lewis, oversees the instructional, research, and service activities and accomplishments of the faculty and students. Our administrative director, Bob Janoski, oversees staff and is responsible for the department’s facilities and budget.

It is the intent of graduate education in the School of Kinesiology to instill in each student an understanding of and capacity for discovery, scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty. It is the joint responsibility of faculty and graduate students to work together to develop relationships that encourage freedom of inquiry, demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and foster mutual respect.
This handbook will serve as an important guide for graduate education in the School. We hope this handbook helps you find your way through the information needed to be a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology.

Welcome to the School of Kinesiology. We look forward to working with you during your time here!