Admission & Transfer of Credits

Ph.D. (Kinesiology) Admissions Criteria

Acceptance into the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology program is by vote of the departmental Graduate Research Degrees (GRD) committee. The GRD committee is responsible for final determination of a graduate application for entry to the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program. Final acceptance into the program remains pending until an official written notification of acceptance is received by the student from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Studies Office.

Admittance to the program will be based on a series of criteria that includes:

  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) - minimum of 3.3 undergraduate GPA required for entry to the Ph.D. program; most admitted students have a GPA above 3.5

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): most admitted students score above the 60th percentile on the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections and at least 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section.

  • Letter of Research Interests with Statement of Professional Goals

  • Writing Sample (examples: thesis, journal articles, professional reports, etc.)

  • Standardized Writing Exercise (details available from the Graduate Advisor)

  • Personal Interview with a potential faculty advisor (note: when possible, this should be an in-person interview; when travel distance is a concern, this may be a telephone or teleconference interview)

All decisions concerning admissions to the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program are made by the GRD committee in the department and are arrived at on a competitive applicant pool basis. 

 Transfer of Academic Credit into the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program

With approval of the GRD committee, a total of 9 hours of academic credit can be transferred from an external accredited academic institution into a student's degree plan in the designated elective area.

Such external transfer hours must satisfy the following criteria to be considered for approval for transfer by the GRD committee:

  • The course syllabus must be reviewed by advisor and/or qualified HHP faculty member to assess suitability for doctoral academic credit

  • Student must submit a transfer of credit form along with supporting documentation from advisor requesting transfer of said hours.

  • Transfer hours cannot be substituted for completion of any class that appears in either the departmental or discipline core

Final approval for inclusion of such transfer hours in a doctoral degree plan lies with the University’s Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies.

The University of Houston does not accept experiential learning for graduate or professional transfer credit.  In addition, the University of Houston does not accept non-credit work for transfer credit.