Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Ranked Sixth in Nation for Exercise Science Graduate Programs

Glenys Young

November 2, 2015

The rankings were based on more than 75,000 student reviews in 15 categories.


Texas Tech University was recently ranked No. 6 in the nation for its graduate program in kinesiology and exercise science by graduateprograms.com.

The ranking combined the graduate programs in the Texas Tech Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management and Nutritional Sciences with various graduate programs from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Health Professions, including the doctorates in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences and the master's degrees in occupational therapy and athletic training.

“Graduate students appreciate faculty mentors who genuinely enjoy helping them succeed in their programs of study and especially provide opportunities for them to get involved with collaborative research projects with the faculty member and other students,” said Angela Lumpkin, chairwoman of the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management. “Students who participate in internships really appreciate the work experiences, networking and job potential these opportunities provide them. Texas Tech's high ranking reflects positively on our department's excellent teaching and mentoring as well as on the graduate programs in the Health Sciences Center.”

Rankings were compiled using data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2015. They are based on reviews posted by more than 75,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide and cover a variety of student topics including academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

“I believe several things set the graduate programs of the TTUHSC School of Health Professions apart from other universities,” said Kerry K. Gilbert, associate professor and program director for the doctor of physical therapy program. “Those include our ‘students first' focus, realizing we are here to help students learn and grow as professionals in their chosen field, and we actively work to meet that goal; our faculty, which is composed of top notch experts in their respective fields who care about our students; the support of the university from the president down; and that many health professions programs are housed in graduate schools. Being a part of a health sciences center is critical and provides the ability for interdisciplinary collaboration in education, scholarship and patient care.”

The nation's top five ranked institutions are The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, The University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Florida, Purdue University and the University of Maryland. Baylor University was ranked No. 16 and The University of Texas at Austin was No. 19.