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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Kinesiology and Applied Physiology 572 Programs  
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The graduate program in kinesiology and applied physiology is interdisciplinary in nature and emphasizes fundamental principles derived from the basic sciences that have contributed to the development of the field. Current faculty members provide expertise in physiology, nutrition, metabolism, psychophysiology, endocrinology, and epidemiology. Existing ties to outstanding programs at Rutgers (i.e., nutritional sciences, endocrinology and animal biosciences, psychology, and physiology and integrative biology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the medical schools) provide a strong 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 applications 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 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 and Human Performance provides an outstanding potential training experience for students in this program.

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in kinesiology, exercise science, a biological science, psychology, or a related field. The Graduate Record Examination must be taken. Prerequisites for admission include one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, exercise physiology, and 12 additional credits of coursework in advanced physiology, chemistry, kinesiology/exercise science, physics, calculus, or psychology.

The master of science (M.S.) degree requires 36 credits of coursework and research, with at least 6 credits coming from original thesis research. The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program requires 72 credits, including at least 32 credits of coursework in advanced exercise physiology, statistics, research methods, and elective courses; 24 credits of research; and an additional 16 credits distributed between coursework and research. Completion of qualifying examinations and a doctoral dissertation are also required.

An additional nonthesis graduate education option is the master of business and science (M.B.S.) degree program in kinesiology and applied physiology. The objective of the M.B.S. 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 M.B.S. is designed for students with a background in science who also hold an interest in business as it combines kinesiology coursework with business and finance coursework. Additional information about the M.B.S. option can be found at

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