PhD in Exercise Physiology

This degree option is focused on training students to prepare for academic research careers related to exercise and physical activity to prevent and treat chronic health-related conditions, health and well-being, and the underlying physiological and/or behavioral mechanisms.  Specifically, this degree will prepare students for academic careers focused on research, teaching, mentoring, and translation of research findings to a variety of settings.  For students interested in primarily an academic research career, this degree will also prepare students for post-doctoral fellowships.

The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health and Physical Activity degree is focused on training students to prepare for academic research careers related to exercise and physical activity to prevent and treat chronic health-related conditions, health and well-being, and the underlying physiological and/or behavioral mechanisms.  Specifically, this degree will prepare students for academic careers focused on research, teaching, mentoring, and translation of research findings to a variety of settings.  For students interested in primarily an academic research career, this degree will also prepare students for post-doctoral fellowships.

 Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.
    • A maximum of 30 credits can be transferred from the Master’s-level degree.
  • Successful completion of Preliminary Comprehensive Examination.
  • Successful completion of doctoral dissertation.

Course Requirements

90 credits with up to 30 credits permitted to be transferred from a related Master of Science degree program when appropriate. Courses consist of:

  • Minimum of 30 credits in core exercise physiology, physical activity, and health.
  • Minimum of 9 credits in an appropriate collateral area of study.
  • Minimum of 12 credits in statistical analysis.
  • Minimum of 9 credits in research methods.
  • Minimum of 18 credits for completion of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Additional credits taken as electives or directed research experiences.

Prerequisites

Applicants need to demonstrate completion of a related degree and/or course work that are foundational to exercise physiology.  The applicant also needs to demonstrate a desire to pursue doctoral training in an area of study that is matched to the focus of graduate faculty in the department who may serve as their mentor, with a particular interest in pursuit of an academic research career.

Potential Careers

  • Academic research careers at institutions of higher education.
  • Academic teaching careers at institutions of higher education.
  • Research careers in commercial, government, or academic medical centers.
  • Preparation for admission to high quality post-doctoral fellowship programs.