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.
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.
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.
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.
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.