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PhD in Kinesiology

From the Department of Kinesiology

Overview

Our PhD programs in exercise science, physical education and sport management and policy are dedicated to preparing successful scholars and researchers for careers in colleges and universities, government, or business and industry.

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Exercise Science

Overview

The PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science provides advanced training to prepare scholars and leaders for careers in higher education, government, business/industry, or allied health fields. Doctoral students are organized into specializations with options including athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and exercise psychology. Research topics are highly variable focusing on the acute and chronic effects of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and exercise on health, disability and physical performance. The determinants of movement related behaviors are also of core interest. Scholars in exercise science utilize the range of contemporary kinesiology research spanning animal models to human clinical trials. Moreover, all faculty and doctoral students conducting research in exercise science are well supported with dedicated laboratory space and contemporary equipment.

Physical Education

Overview

Research in physical education focuses on expert teaching in sport and physical education, multicultural and global aspects of physical education and sport, and motor functioning of individuals with disabilities.

Sport Pedagogy

The PhD with a specialization in sport pedagogy is designed for students who aspire to become researchers and physical education teacher/coach educators. In addition to coursework and independent study, students are offered supervised practical experiences pertinent to their future roles as teachers, coaches, and/or university professors. The degree emphasizes the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and experiences in planning, funding, conducting, and publishing research.

Motor Behavior

The PhD with a specialization in motor behavior is a research-oriented program for students interested in the study of motor development, motor learning and movement control. Foci include the developmental aspects of movement and function across the life span and the underlying mechanisms related to physical and motor functioning that occur in conjunction with motor skill acquisition and sports-related movements.

Sport Management and Policy

Overview

Research in sport management and policy focuses on sport law, sport marketing, consumer behavior, and social and cultural aspects of sport.

The PhD emphasis in sport management and policy is designed to provide the candidate with the qualifications for an academic career and research in the sport management and policy disciplines. Students are expected to be involved in research throughout their Ph.D. program. The program requires approximately three years beyond the master’s degree to complete.


Academics / Curriculum

  • Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research in exercise science, physical education and sport management and policy with five faculty being current members of the prestigious National Academy of Kinesiology.
  • Our curriculum incorporates real-world issues, blends face-to-face instruction with practical experience, and promotes a dynamic learning experience.
  • Students work closely with their designated major professor to determine a program of study based on the student’s background, interests, and career goals. A minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework is required although the total number of hours completed will vary depending on the number of hours needed to achieve the necessary proficiency in research, sufficient breadth and soundness of scholarship, and a thorough acquaintance with a specific field of knowledge as determined by the major professor and advisory committee.
  • Students entering the program with a master’s degree will typically finish their degree after 4 years of full-time study. An additional year is generally required for students entering with only a bachelor’s degree.

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Exercise Science

In alignment with contemporary science, most of the research in the Exercise Science specialization is inter- or multi-disciplinary; however, faculty and graduate students are organized within the following specializations:

  • Athletic training provides advanced study and research related to injury prevention, evaluation, immediate care and rehabilitation.
  • Biomechanics research focuses on the application of mechanical principles to human performance and movement.
  • Exercise physiology research conducts advanced study regarding the physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic inactivity, physical activity, and exercise.
  • Exercise psychology related advanced study and research targets the psychological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic inactivity, physical activity, and exercise.

Physical Education

Sport Pedagogy

Coursework in instructional strategies, curriculum theory and design, issues and trends in sport pedagogical research, and analysis of teaching provide students with the latest information on teaching physical education, sport, and physical activity. The program also offers ample opportunities for field work and research experience.

Motor Behavior

Coursework in motor development, motor control and learning, therapeutic exercises, developmental and motor assessment, exercise psychology, cognitive psychology provide students with the latest information on teaching physical education, sport, and physical activity. The program also offers ample opportunities for research experience.

Sport Management and Policy

The PhD programs are designed to provide the opportunity to pursue research and scholarly activities beyond the point possible in master’s degree programs. These programs prepare students for careers involving research in colleges and universities, government, or business and industry.

The program of study is determined by the student and the doctoral advisory committee, based on the student’s background, interests, and career goals. A minimum of 30 hours of course work are required.


The Student Experience

Over 150 graduate students from across the globe are enrolled in department programs each year. Our size and diversity provides students with diverse ideas and perspectives and ample networking opportunities both within and outside the department.

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities which is the nation’s largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness.

Assistantship opportunities are available to highly qualified applicants, providing financial support and professional, teaching, or research experience. Graduate assistants work between 13-20 hours/week while completing their academic programs and receive a monthly stipend, full tuition waiver, and one-third remission of health insurance if enrolled on the university plan.


Career Outlook

Graduate Placements

Data reflects graduates of the degree program as a whole, not any one specialization.

Year Continuing School Employed Full-Time Employed Part-Time Unemployed Other
20131 0% 50% 50% 0% 0%
20121 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%

Where Alumni Are

The state of Georgia
49% Georgia
The state of Florida
5% Florida
The state of Illinois
5% Illinois

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Admissions Information

Deadline to apply: January 10


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