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Ph.D. in Kinesiology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program currently focuses on three broad areas of kinesiology, namely motor control and learning, physiology, and obesity studies.

It should be noted that the guiding philosophy of the program is that the student and advisor should work closely together to develop a course of study which appropriately meets the student's professional goals. Acceptance of a student into the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program is determined by a number of factors, one of which is a clearly identified area of study and a Faculty advisor/mentor within the program who will support their admission. As part of the application process, prospective students will identify the potential professor/ professors with whom they share common scientific interests. Applicants will be contacted by the graduate admissions counselor or a faculty member following submission of their application materials.

Emphasis Areas

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in motor behavior

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in obesity studies

Program Objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology is designed to provide doctoral level training to prepare a professional with the cognitive and research skills needed to be a productive scholar.

The objectives of the Ph.D. in Kinesiology are:

  • To train scholars with the capacity to understand and conduct research in kinesiology.
  • To train scholars with the capacity to develop and evaluate programs consistent with national health promotion and disease prevention objectives.
  • To train scholars with the capacity to prepare research funding proposals, and program development proposals.
  • To train individuals with the capacity to be successful in higher education and kinesiological settings in the public and private domains.

The usual time for completion of the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program is four to five years.