Academic Catalog

Kinesiology (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology prepares students to become researchers and educators in academic institutions and other industries requiring Ph.D.-trained professionals in the general areas of exercise, health, wellness, human performance and disease prevention. 

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and the Division.


The Ph.D. in Kinesiology has three concentrations: a) Community Health, b) Exercise and Sport Science, and c) Health and Physical Education Teaching. Each concentration gives students the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed as a researcher and educator in higher education or related careers.

The plan of work for each admitted student is developed between the student and their major advisor with the goal being a plan of work that provides students with the most appropriate coursework and experiences to best prepare them for success in their future careers. Students align with a major advisor to design a tailored plan of work that incorporates: major courses aligned with the student's career aspirations, 15 credits of research methods, and 30 credits of culminating dissertation. Coursework from previous masters degree's may be included as major coursework upon discussion with the major advisor. The Ph.D. requires 90 credits beyond the undergraduate degree. 

Additional general requirements for this degree are stated in the Doctor of Education Requirements. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis but must complete requirements within seven years of admission.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Heather Ladanyi (, Manager of the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, for guidance prior to the submission of admission applications. 

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