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2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.    

Program Overview

The term kinesiology means “study of movement.” In the kinesiology graduate program, human movement is studied from different perspectives, forming the basis for graduate specializations in exercise physiology, motor behavior, pedagogy/psychological sciences, and sport management.

  • Exercise physiology is focused on the genetic, biochemical, and clinical evaluation of physiological alterations to exercise training and detraining in both human and animal models. This focus is centered on modifications in the muscular, cardio respiratory, and immune systems from an aging, disease, or peak performance perspective.
  • Motor behavior research focuses on the learning and performance of coordinated movement, with particular interest in topics such as gait and balance control whole and fine motor coordination, musculoskeletal system control, sensorimotor and cognitive-motor integration, effective and efficient skill learning, and motor rehabilitation. Pedagogy/psychological sciences research investigates factors that influence teaching, learning, and behavior choices in a broad range of physical activity settings, including physical education, health education, and exercise programs.
  • Pedagogy/psychological sciences research investigates factors that influence teaching, learning, and behavior choices in a broad range of physical activity settings, including physical education, health education, and exercise programs.
  • Sport Management research focuses on the social construction and organization of sport and sport organizations, centering on management, sociological, and organizational perspectives.


Melinda Solmon, Director
Chad Seifried, Graduate Coordinator
TELEPHONE 225-578-2036
FAX 225-578-3680
WEBSITE https://www.lsu.edu/chse/kinesiology/index.php


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: LSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the departments throughout the year. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School. Applications are continuously evaluated and students may be admitted for any semester. To ensure full consideration for financial assistance, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by February 1 for admission in the fall semester.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, including a bachelor’s degree in a related field, acceptable GRE scores (GMAT can be used for admission to the sport management specialization), and three letters of recommendation. The target GRE score is 295-300 (combined verbal and quantitative sections), but students may be admitted with lower scores with high undergraduate GPAs and strong letters of recommendation. The school adheres to the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale set by the LSU Graduate School for regular admission. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score according to the standards set by the LSU Graduate School.

Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program. The school accepts qualified students whose interests and goals are consistent with our areas of specialization. Full admission is granted when students meet the minimum standards and a graduate faculty member agrees to serve as their advisor. If a student does not meet all requirements, he or she may be admitted provisionally.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available. Most assistantships require both teaching and assisting in research. Application forms are available on the school website.

Graduate Faculty

(check current faculty listings by department here)

Claude Bouchard (M) • Genetics and physical activity (Pennington Biomedical Research Center)
Ralph Ray Castle (3F) • Clinical effectiveness of physical rehabilitation techniques/therapeutic modalities on acute and chronic inflammatory responses
Senlin Chen (M) • Physical education curriculum intervention, youth physical activity and fitness promotion, motivation and learning in physical activity
Marc Dalecki (6A) • human motor control and cognition under normal as well as under altered internal (brain injury, brain diseases, aging) and altered external (microgravity, hypergravity, water immersion) conditions
Alex C. Garn (M) • Achievement motivation in physical education and physical activity contexts, approach and avoidance motivation, physical education teacher development
Jan M. Hondzinski (M) • Motor control and sensorimotor integration used during task performances by adults of varying age with and without neurological deficits
Brian A Irving (6A) • Short- and long-term metabolic and proteomic adaptions to exercise, dietary, medical interventions in young and old adults at risk for or with cardiometabolic diseases
Neil Johannsen (M) • Research focus is the study of physical activity and exercise training effects on chronic disease and special populations ranging from young lean adults to older adults, overweight/obese people, individuals with type 2 diabetes, and women with a history of breast cancer.
Maria Kosma (M) • Psychosocial determinants of physical activity for health and wellness among underserved populations (e.g., people with physical disabilities and older adults)
Nikita Kuznetsov (6A) • Functional role of repetition of movement variability with the goal of developing objective assessment methods and creating novel rehabilitation techniques. Develop virtual reality-based rehabilitation protocols focused on altering motor variability to improve optimal human performance and to assist with recovery of motor function after neurological trauma
Emily Marcinowski (6A) • Motor skills and asymmetries impact on development of play, language, and cognition in early childhood.
Dennis Landin (EM) • Musculoskeletal system actions and rehabilitation, clinical anatomy
Amelia M. Lee (EM) • The role of self-perceptions of ability in achievement behavior; beliefs, expectations, motivations and attitudes as mediators between teaching and learning; gender differences in achievement-related cognition, affect, and behavior
Jean Michael Martinez (6A) • Organizational management settings within the areas of branding, internal marketing, and organizational commitment. Additional research explores the benefits of intercollegiate athletics and sportsmanship education
Arnold G. Nelson (M) • Physiological and biochemical adaptations of skeletal muscle and muscle metabolism to acute and chronic stressors (e.g., exercise, environment, dietary supplements) and how these adaptations can be manipulated to improve work and/or athletic performance
Yizhou Qian (6A) • New media (e.g., esports, online streaming, social networking services) and motivational information systems (e.g., gamification) in sports consumption.
Chad Seifried (M) • Use of historical methods to review the organizational and individual history of decisions/strategies of sport facility construction and management
Melinda A. Solmon (M) • Achievement motivation in physical activity, student goals and perceptions of teachers’ actions in physical education
Guillaume Spielmann (6A) • Describe the immunological decrements of ageing and stress, and explore the mechanisms by which behavioral interventions (ie weight loss, physical activity) mitigate this response
Fabian Steinberg (6A) • Neuro-cognitive and motor aspects of humans in real action scenarios and extreme environments that are relevant for astronauts, pilots, and emergency forces (e.g., police, fire brigade, rescue forces, and the military)
Per Svensson (6A) • Organizational capacity of Sport for Development and Peace organizations
Arend W. A. Van Gemmert (M) • Mechanisms contributing to changes in the control of fine motor task performance due to stress, mental load, aging, neurological disease, and practice
Claire Zvosec (6A) • Examining the financial underpinnings of athletics department decision-making and athletics department marketability

Recent Faculty Publications

A representative sample of recent faculty publications may be found at the School of Kinesiology website and various faculty pages linked to that location. See: School of Kinesiology faculty directory.


    Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of ScienceMaster of Science in Athletic Training