Option in Adapted Physical Activity

Kinesiology graduate program

Adapted Physical Activity is a unique and comprehensive area of study designed to develop professionals to respond to the motor and physical fitness needs of persons with disabilities. This area builds on the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences history of commitment and academic excellence in the area of programs for persons with disabilities. This is evident by the number of international graduate students that attend this program.

Students interested in Adapted Physical Activity have the opportunity and flexibility to develop skills in program development, teaching and research specializing in persons with disabilities from infants through adulthood. The educational curricula offers both a strong theoretical base and quality Practical Educational Experiences; such as:

Oregon State University is one of the select few institutions in the U.S. that funds Master's and Doctoral students with grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division.


Physical activity for some is good, physical activity for all is better

“My background as a physical therapist showed me that people may have limited access to opportunities for physical activity,” Winston says. “The adapted physical activity program at Oregon State is working toward finding answers to many of the questions I have and helping me provide potential solutions to try and solve this problem.”

Read more about Winston and watch as he shares his journey from NFL dreams and working as a physical therapist to earning his Ph.D. and MPH from Oregon State and advocating for those with disability.

Disabilities research laboratories



    Faculty and graduate student conduct research in the following laboratories, located on the ground floor of the Women's Building.


    Qualified students may receive

    • Competitive Stipend
    • Full Tuition Waiver
    • Book Allowance
    • Professional Travel Support
    • Medical Insurance Funds

    The Master of Science and PhD degrees in Kinesiology can be completed with a transcript-visible option in Adapted Physical Activity. Joint campus enrollment, either at Western Oregon University or University of Oregon provides excellent coursework opportunities in special education.


    2019-2020 Students and Faculty in Adapted Physical Activity

    Related information


    Resource guide

    Student Mandy Sargeant has developed a Resource guide to raising a child with a disability in the Mid-Willamette Valley (pdf).

    IDEAs that Work. U.S. Office of Special Education Programs



    This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.