Program Information:

Program Statement:
    Our programs are based on a strong mentoring model in which incoming graduate students are linked with their chosen graduate faculty mentor at the time of admission. Our programs are intentionally small to promote close working relationships between faculty and students. Given the diversity of faculty expertise, graduate students may choose from several areas of emphasis: biomechanics, exercise physiology (including metabolic, cardiovascular, and immunology), exercise psychology, motor control, pedagogy, and physical activity/health promotion (including epidemiology). Our laboratories are well equipped to support faculty and student research across these areas of specialization.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology (including metabolic, cardiovascular, and immunology)
  • Motor Control
  • Pedagogy
  • Physical Activity & Health Promotion (including epidemiology)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of study.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, and often through the use of images (tables, figures, and other forms of imagery) and electronic or other forms of media.
  • Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship, fits into life and career goals.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.5 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.0 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Dr. Jason Gillette
Phone: 515-294-8310
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    DeAnn Pitman
    Department of Kinesiology, 203 Forker Building
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-4008

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 560
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 83
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 56
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    February 1 for fall admission
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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