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Kinesiology

Tackle chronic disease. Champion fitness. Study the science of human movement and prepare for a career that improves lives.

Kinesiology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy degree candidates pursue an advanced program of study and research in preparation for careers in research and teaching.

Areas of Study

Cultural, Interpretive and Science Studies

Drawing on theories and methodologies of sciences, arts, and humanities; studies and creates knowledge related to physical culture, health, and the human body.

Exercise Physiology

Examines work output, energy transfer, and movement efficiency. Research in this area strives to better understand the consequences of exercise stress on body systems.

Exercise Psychology

Faculty in the Exercise Psychology group examine the psychological antecedents (e.g., motivation, personality) and consequences (e.g., mental health, cognitive function) of involvement in physical activity and exercise.

Motor Control / Biomechanics

Examines the neural, physiological and behavioral aspects of the control of movement across the lifespan and in health and disease.

Pedagogy & Physical Activity

Examines how knowledge and skills are imparted in an academic context, focusing on curricula and instruction that helps individuals develop knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

Admissions Requirements

  • The minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or 3.5 for all graduate work if entering with a master’s degree
  • Official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both verbal and quantitative. Scores cannot be more than 5 years old.
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • On the TOEFL part: International students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum for full status admission: greater than 102 (IBT), greater than 253 (CBT), greater than 610 (PBT), or greater than 7.0 (IELTS). Scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
  • Students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score on the speaking sub-section of 24 (IBT) or 8 (IELTS)

Admission Deadlines

Students may apply to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. program. Applications for Fall admission are due on January 15. Applications for Spring semester are due on October 1.

Degree Requirements

  • Candidates must complete 96 graduate hours or 64 hours of work beyond the master’s degree, including 32 hours of thesis research.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in research methodology appropriate to their area of study.
  • Ph.D. student progress is reviewed at the end of the first year of study.
  • Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete the preliminary and final doctoral examinations.

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