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PhD in Kinesiology

PhD in Kinesiology - College of Nursing and Health Innovation

The Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology prepares students to be scholarly researchers who generate new knowledge in the field of Kinesiology, with the skills to apply existing scholarship to questions concerning the prevention, assessment, and treatment of motor difficulties, chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal injuries.

The program’s interprofessional and multidisciplinary curriculum, as well as research focus, incorporates basic and clinical science approaches to identify disease markers and mechanisms, as well as evidence-based interventions designed to prevent and treat specific health conditions such as chronic illnesses and injuries in vulnerable and at-risk populations comprised of obese, older, and/or minority persons. This program builds and extends the Department of Kinesiology’s existing research, education, and community outreach initiatives in health and the human condition across the lifespan. Students will work with their advisor to design an individualized program of study to meet their research interests and career goals.


Program Director: Dr. Matt Brothers
Program Admin Assistant: Mayra Martinez

Phone: 817-272-3288

How to Apply

Prospective PhD students follow the same application instructions as all UTA graduate students, with instructions available on this webpage.

Degree Options, Tracks, and Focuses

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology is organized by option, track, and focus.

Depending on the student's current academic progress, the student will choose from one of two degree options:

  1. B.S. to Ph.D.
  2. M.S. to Ph.D.

Both degree options will be customized in a specialized area of Kinesiology, organized into three tracks:

  1. Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
  2. Applied Physiology
  3. Physical Education

Each of these tracks further specialize into the following focus areas:

PhD in Kinesiology - Track/Focus Options
Track Didactic & Research Focus Health-related issue addressed
Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences Postural Control Prevention of falls in seniors; reduction of co-morbidities related to sedentary lifestyles (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
Motor Development Cognitive and motor deficiencies across the lifespan (e.g., children, the elderly)
Biomechanics Pathomechanics associated with common musculoskeletal injuries
Sports Medicine Interventions for musculoskeletal injuries
Adapted Physical Activity Health, fitness and physical activity for individuals with disabilities, focused towards motor processes
Applied Physiology
Cardiovascular physiology Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, vascular dysfunction related to chronic diseases
Pulmonary physiology Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Restrictive Pulmonary disease and other acute & chronic conditions that alter oxygen uptake
Adapted Physical Activity Health, fitness and physical activity for individuals with disabilities, focused towards physiology
Physical Education Innovative, technology-driven delivery approaches for teaching high-quality health and physical education Deleterious effects of physical inactivity and related health education; health promotion

Faculty and Specific Research Areas

Admission to the PhD program requires a supporting faculty member, and a list is available here.

Course Sequence Examples

Example course sequences for the different tracks are provided below. Please note that these are examples; each student will work with their program and academic advisors to tailor a course of study that specifically addresses the individual student's needs and goals.

Bachelor's to PhD

Master's to PhD