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PhD Kinesiology - Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Exercise Science

The degree requirements differ slightly depending on if a student enters the B.S. to Ph.D. program or the M.S. to Ph.D. program.

  • B.S. - Ph.D. program: Requires 69 total credit hours (minimum) - 24 required course credit hours, 36 credit hours (minimum) of track electives, and 9 - 12 credit hours of dissertation.
  • M.S. – Ph.D. program: Requires 42 total credit hours (minimum) - 17 required course credit hours, 16 credit hours (minimum) of track electives, and 9 - 12 credit hours of dissertation.

Students in the B.S. – Ph.D. and the M.S. – Ph.D. tracks MUST complete 9 – 12 credit hours of dissertation. Individual graduate advisors / research mentors may require additional courses.

B.S. – Ph.D. Required Courses
  • KINE 6300 Research Methods
  • KINE 6305 Applied Statistics in Kinesiology -or- KINE 6376 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • 3 hours of advanced statistics -or- Advanced Research Methods (course can be taken outside of the department).
  • 6 hours of a NURS course. Choose 2 courses from this list:
    • NURS 5395 - Heart Failure Pathophysiology and Exercise Rehabilitation
    • NURS 5396 - Current Biotechnology in Health Care.
    • NURS 6302 - Issues in Studying the Health of Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population
    • NURS 6304 - Measurement in Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
  • KINE 6293 Grant Writing
  • KINE 6105 Laboratory Techniques in Kinesiology I
  • KINE 6106 Laboratory Techniques in Kinesiology II
  • KINE 6103 Professional Development
  • 4 hours of KINE 6100 Seminar in Kinesiology (this is a 1 hour credit course that must be taken in a minimum of 4 different semesters).
M.S. – Ph.D. Required Courses
  • 3 hours of advanced statistics -or- Advanced Research Methods (course can be taken outside of the department).
  • 6 hours of a NURS course. Choose 2 courses from this list:
    • NURS 5395 - Heart Failure Pathophysiology and Exercise Rehabilitation
    • NURS 5396 - Current Biotechnology in Health Care.
    • NURS 6302 - Issues in Studying the Health of Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population
    • NURS 6304 - Measurement in Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
  • KINE 6293 Grant Writing
  • KINE 6105 Laboratory Techniques in Kinesiology I
  • KINE 6103 Professional Development
  • 4 hours of KINE 6100 Seminar in Kinesiology (this is a 1 hour credit course that must be taken in a minimum of 4 different semesters).
Electives for Either Track
  • KINE 6322 Metabolism & Exercise Biochemistry
  • KINE 6326 Cardiocirculatory Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 6327 Pulmonary Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 6340 Environmental Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 6328 Neuromuscular Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 6329 Strength & Conditioning
  • KINE 6331 Obesity and Weight Management
  • KINE 6338 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • KINE 6350 Applied Biomechanics
  • KINE 6393 Physiology of Exercise Internship
  • KINE 6394 Research in Kinesiology