This is a listing of universities offering graduate programs in the sociology and cultural studies of sport, physical activity, leisure and recreation. All information was provided by individuals from these institutions, so the NASSS Graduate Representatives cannot guarantee the accuracy of all information on this page. Please contact individual departments for the most up-to-date information about a program.

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Institution & Location Program Title Notable Faculty
University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Socioocultural Studies of Sport and Leisure Judy Davidson, Jim Denison, Pirrkko Markula, Lisa McDermott, Jay Scherer
British Columbia
University of British Columbia, School of Kinesiology MA, MsC, and PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Social Sciences Wendy Frisby, Patricia Vertinsky, Brian Wilson
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management MA and MSc (with a multi-faculty PhD program) Russell Field, Joannie Halas, Moss Norman, LeAnne Petherick, Sarah Teetzel
Queen’s University, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Degree(s): MA and PhDOptions: Sociocultural Studies of Sport, Health & the Body Mary Louise Adams, Rob Beamish, Samantha King, Elaine Power
University of Toronto, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education MSc and PhD in Exercise SciencesOptions: Sociocultural Michael Atkinson, Peter Donnelly, Caroline Fusco, Bruce Kidd, Margaret MacNeill
University of Waikato, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies Master’s and PhD Lisa Hunter, Dawn Penney, Clive Pope, Bob Rinehart, Holly Thorpe
University of Otago, School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science*3 Year International PhD scholarships available *
Masters and PhD
Options: Sociology of Sport, Physical Cultural Studies, Sport Management & Policy*Degree can be completed through either the School of PESES or the Department of Sociology (or both).
Steve Jackson, Michael Sam, Lisette Burrows, Mark Falcous, Doug Booth, Tania Cassidy, Sally Shaw, Ojeya Cruz-Banks, Anne-Marie Jackson
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California State University, Fullerton, Department of Kinesiology MS in Kinesiology Options: Sport Studies Steve Walk
California State University Northridge, Department of Kinesiology

MS in Kinesiology: Concentration in Sport Studies

Chris Bolsmann, Douglas McLaughlin
San Francisco State University, Department of Kinesiology


Options: Physical Activity: Social Scientific Perspectives

Susan G. Zieff
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Sociology Department
Masters Jay Coakley (Emeritus), Jeffrey Montez de Oca
University of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Exercise Science, Sport Management & Sociology of Sport Jennifer Bruening, Laura Burton
University of Georgia, Department of Kinesiology PhD, EdD in Physical Education & Sport Studies; EdD,PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Pedagogy)Options: Sport Studies, Physical Education Pedagogy Billy Hawkins
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health PhD in Kinesiology, PhD in Community HealthOptions: Bio-behavioral Kinesiology, Cultural, Pedagogical & Interpretive Studies Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology, Sport Management Program MS and PhD in Sport Management Gary Sailes,Ph.D.
 University of Iowa, Department of American Studies  PhD in American Studies, Sport Studies track  Susan Birrell
Tom Oates
Tina Parratt
Travis Vogan
University of Kansas, Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences PhD in EducationOptions: Health Education, Sports Studies
University of Maryland, Department of Kinesiology PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Pedagogical Studies, Sport Commerce & Culture David Andrews, Michael Friedman, Shannon Jette, Damion Thomas
Springfield College, Department of Exercise Science & Sport Studieshref=” PhD in Exercise & Sport StudiesOptions: Sport & Exercise Psychology
University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Sport Management, Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology Jo Ann Buysse, Mary Jo Kane, Nicole LaVoi
North Carolina
University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Department of Exercise & Sport Science EdD, PhD in Exercise & Sport ScienceOptions: EdD, College Teaching or Leadership track; PhD, Sociohistorical Studies of Physical Activity Katherine Jamieson
Kent State University, School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration MA Sport StudiesOptions: Sport and Recreation Management Leticia Gonzales, Sangkwon Lee, Mark Lyberger, Daniel Mahoney, Aaron Mulrooney, Kimberly S. Schimmel, Theresa Walton
Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island, Department of Kinesiology Master’s Degree in Kinesiology Options: Specialization in Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Culture Kyle Kusz
University of Tennessee, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies PhD in Kinesiology and Sport Studies Lars Dzikus
University of Houston, Department of Health & Human Performance PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Socio-cultural Influence on Physical Activity & Obesity Demetrius Pearson
University of Texas, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education PhD, EdD in KinesiologyOptions: Sport Management, Interdisciplinary Sport Studies
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