Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean
About the College (Graduate Study)
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Our legacy spans a century, weaving the values of human connection, civic service, and social justice into all of our academic offerings. We foster student growth by engaging diverse perspectives around our shared values. Falk College brings together Syracuse University’s departments of Exercise Science, Human Development and Family Science; Marriage and Family Therapy; Nutrition and Food Studies; Public Health; Sport Management and Social Work in an environment of cross-disciplinary teaching, research, practice and service. Students benefit greatly from a powerful alumni network. Through classroom learning and hands-on experience in our customized learning laboratories and through community field opportunities, our students learn by example-and by doing-to become professionals who will provide services that enhance the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
As educators, Falk College faculty and staff are focused on students’ academic programs and set very high expectations for them in the classroom and in the community. Many attributes make Falk College unique, offering a valuable college experience, including:
Students in all Falk College academic programs have the opportunity to perform research working with faculty mentors.
Students benefit from Falk College’s numerous long-term relationships with national and Central New York-area agencies and businesses by gaining hands-on learning through internships and field placements, making them job-ready upon graduation. Graduate students are eligible to join Syracuse University’s Future Professoriate Program that provides structured professional development experience for aspiring faculty.
Members of Falk College faculty have tremendous connections in their respective fields; consequently, students benefit from these connections through internship/job placement opportunities, one-on-one career guidance, and guest lectures on campus.
Falk College’s leadership team includes:
Mission and Goals
Falk College is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities through scholarship, practice, civic engagement, advocacy, and entrepreneurial leadership within the framework of principles of social justice. Falk College brings together a rich history of academic programs whose signatures of social responsibility and justice join new and evolving majors reflective of educating global citizens whose leadership changes the places and people where they live and work.
Falk College offers accredited programs in Nutrition Science and Dietetics at the undergraduate level and Nutrition Science at the graduate level accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Public Health undergraduate program (BSPH) is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MA and Ph.D. programs in Marriage and Family Therapy are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and all Social Work programs are fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Graduate Program Overview
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean
The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is Syracuse University’s most service-oriented college, where cross-professional collaboration is the cornerstone of teaching, research, and practice. Like professionals in the field, students and faculty in the college work and learn together across discipline lines to find new, more effective approaches to important social issues. Master’s degree programs are offered in exercise science, human development and family science, food studies, marriage and family therapy, nutrition science, public health, social work and sport management; while Ph.D. programs are offered in exercise science, human development and family science, and marriage and family therapy.
Students prepare to become professionals who enhance the emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Faculty members include current and former practitioners who provide a real-world perspective on the professional field. Our small college atmosphere allows for personalized attention from the faculty and staff, who guide students through the educational experience. Requirements are flexible in each program of study, allowing students to choose course combinations to match their personal and professional interests. Additional University resources allow students to further enhance their studies and professional development.
The integration of theory and practice is at the heart of the college’s mission. Through field and clinical placements in a wide variety of settings, students gain valuable hands-on experience that complements their classroom learning and better prepares them for their careers.
Today’s Falk College graduates hold positions of importance and distinction all over the world in such fields as education, research, child development, dietetics, nutrition, communications, community and social service, family therapy, government, business and industry, among many others.
For more information about Falk College graduate admissions, please call or visit our admissions office at:
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
340 White Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244
Laboratory fees are required in certain courses where specialized equipment and materials are provided. A technology fee is assessed for all Falk College majors and minors, and all non-Falk students who take a Falk College course. Complete breakdown for Falk College Fees may be found in the annual Tuition Fees and Related Policies Bulletin.
Graduate Financial Assistance
Falk College academic programs offer a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships. Graduate admissions officers in each graduate program allocate this financial aid based largely on merit. Graduate assistantships in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis from among applications received by February 1; assistantships are usually not available at any other time of the year. Research assistants are required to assist their sponsoring faculty to perform research. Teaching assistants are required to assist with undergraduate/graduate instruction as well as to work on research projects. Recipients of these assistantships receive a stipend in addition to a tuition scholarship.
Syracuse University fellowships are awarded competitively from applications received by January 1 on an all-University basis. Doctoral fellows receive a stipend, plus a tuition scholarship of 30 credits for the academic year. Fellows are devoted full time to their studies and are not assigned duties.
To apply for University fellowships or College assistantships, students are asked to indicate their interest in the designated area on the application for admission.
Falk College consists of three facilities, the Falk Complex, Peck Hall, and the Women’s Building.
Our students are uniquely advantaged by the facilities in the Falk Complex where they learn and study. The Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center offers a hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to nutrition practice. In addition to the ACE Center, our food studies and nutrition faculty and professional chefs work side-by-side with students in our modern food laboratories. The Susan R. Klenk Learning Café and Kitchens provide a hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies for careers in food, nutrition, dietetics, and public health. The facility includes an experimental food lab kitchen, commercial kitchen, baking nook and café. A video camera system allows faculty and chef instructors to broadcast classes, food demonstrations and seminars from Falk College to anywhere on campus and across the country. Falk College’s Milton Conrad Technology Lab doubles as a student classroom and computer lab that meets the latest programming trends in sport analytics as well as event and sport venue operations. Students train to operate live events using Daktronics equipment identical to what is found at major sport venues, such as ribbon boards and a scoreboard systems controller. Undergraduate and graduate programs integrate learning with activities at the Stadium (formerly known as the Dome) as Syracuse University is the only institution in the nation with a sport facility of its size on the main campus.
The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Department is purposefully located in Peck Hall in the Syracuse community at 601 E. Genesee Street, allowing students a unique opportunity for education in real time within and among a diverse and professionally trained mental health work force. This site includes the Couple and Family Therapy Center, a clinical training and research facility equipped for live and videotaped supervision, which provides mental health counseling services to the surrounding community. The MFT program works cooperatively with numerous well-established local human service agencies that provide training and research opportunities for MFT students.
The Department of Exercise Science houses integrative research laboratories at the Syracuse University Women’s Building including the Human Performance Laboratory that explores the impact of exercise on emerging markers of cardiovascular disease risk. In the Clinical Research Lab, researchers study cardio-metabolic risk factors, such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, in obese populations. The Kinesmetrics Laboratory helps researchers understand the impact of behaviors like sleep, sedentary behavior and physical activity on health. The Muscle Biochemistry Lab allows for the study of biochemical and functional measures to understand the mechanisms of muscle atrophy and dysfunction.
Research Centers & Institutes
Aging Studies Institute
The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute (ASI) is a collaborative initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and the David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics. Its mission is to coordinate and promote aging-related research, training, and outreach at Syracuse University. With 40 faculty affiliates from more than a dozen departments, ASI provides multi-disciplinary research and education that is relevant to almost every academic discipline on campus.
Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School
The Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School provides opportunities for research, teacher training, and community service. Located on Syracuse University’s South Campus, the Bernice M. Wright School and its programs embrace inclusion, celebrating cultural and developmental diversity and recognizing the similarities and differences that make the world an exciting place. Through collaboration with Syracuse University’s Office of Human Resources and community-based service providers, the school enrolls children with varying developmental abilities, adding greatly to the overall classroom experience. The site serves as a teacher and student training facility and supports research in early childhood education and development.
Sport and Human Development Institute
The Sport and Human Development Institute explores the intersection of sport with human development, social change and social inclusion. Created in partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the institute aims to provide professional education and learning opportunities for students while supporting interdisciplinary, sport-focused research to advance understanding and application of sport in this developing discipline.
The institute collects and disseminates important research findings and shares best practices among leaders, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who influence sport-for-development initiatives. It also provides exposure, experience, and networking for our students interested in professions and non-profit entities that incorporate sport as a tool for engagement.