Degree Requirements

General Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology requires a minimum of 66 hours, including 6 hours of required doctoral dissertation hours.

These hours are comprised of the required courses below, HHP Journal Club, course hours for preparing the required PhD Candidacy Project, and designated electives that are pertinent to a students course of study. These are to be taken under the direction and approval of the student’s advisor. These electives can be drawn from the designated elective course list and include classes (both scheduled and Special Problems classes) offered within the department, classes offered in other departments within the University of Houston, or classes offered in support areas at other academic institutions. The approved electives will provide the student with an academic foundation in the particular discipline of study within the Ph.D. program.

Students will enter the program in a cohort and are expected to follow the schedule below over their first two years:

Fall
Year 1
Spring
Year 1
Fall
Year 2
Spring
Year 2
PEP 8306
Principles of Scientific Inquiry
PEP 8314
Doctoral Residency Seminar
PEP 8334
Applied Statistical Modeling in Health Research
PEP 8323
Programming and Proposal Writing
PEP 7397
HHP Research Seminar
SOCW 8325
Applied Multivariate Statistics
PEP 7398
Candidacy Project
PEP 7398
Candidacy Project
PEP 7398
HHP Journal Club
PEP 7398
HHP Journal Club
PEP 7398
HHP Journal Club
PEP 7398
HHP Journal Club

In addition, each student will be required to participate in on-going research projects, develop independent research projects, generate research results that form the basis of their candidacy paper and attend research seminars and thesis/dissertation defenses within both the department and the wider scientific research community.

The cap-stone experience within the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program is completion of a dissertation research project and dissertation document.