Kinesiology (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in Kinesiology will prepare students to become teachers and researchers at academic institutions and other venues requiring Ph.D.-trained professionals. The Exercise and Sport Science concentration offers students unique research opportunities in an urban setting as well as study and research options with other units such as nutrition and food science, physical therapy and the school of medicine. The Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership (PE-PAL) pedagogy concentration students benefit from a strong faculty research program in physical education pedagogy and access to other units in the College of Education. These provide students with both a unique and wide range of study.

Admission Requirements

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


The general requirements for this degree are stated in the Doctor of Education Requirements. For the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology, the core courses provide a background in the respective concentrations. The statistics/research methods courses provide background in the design of research protocols and subsequent analysis of data. The doctoral seminar courses provide the opportunity to interact with other doctoral students in a setting that promotes the discussion of specific research topics. The cognate/elective courses supplement the knowledge base for the student's research. The dissertation credits allow the students to design and implement a program of original research culminating in a dissertation.

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.

Required Core Courses

Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership Concentration

KHS 9600Doctoral Seminar in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies3
KIN 7560Achievement Motivation in Physical Education3
KIN 8400Research in Physical Education3
Additional credits of approved Kinesiology courses6

Exercise and Sport Science Concentration

KHS 8700Research in the Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity3
KHS 9600Doctoral Seminar in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies3
KIN 6310Exercise Physiology II3
KIN 7580Biomechanical Analysis of Motor Activity3
KIN 8530Motor Learning3
Six additional credits of approved Kinesiology courses6

Requirements for Both Concentrations

Statistics and research methods courses as approved15
Doctoral seminar courses as approved6
Cognate courses: Ten credits in the student's area of interest.10
Elective courses: Additional courses in student's area of interest to meet the total requirement of ninety credits.5-8
Dissertation Courses30