PhD in Exercise Physiology

Receive advanced exercise physiology training to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.

The PhD in Exercise Physiology 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.

The degree prepares 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.

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Program Facts

Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


90 credits



Time Commitment



3-5 years on average

Enrollment Term


Application Deadline

December 1

Admissions Requirements

No GRE Exam is required

Program Overview

Collaborate with Faculty

The student will work closely with their faculty mentor to develop a plan of study and research experiences.

Current research expertise of the faculty includes the following:

  • Obesity and Body Weight Regulation
  • Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
  • Physical Activity Programming for Health and Fitness
  • Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
  • Technology-Based Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • Perceptual Responses to Physical Activity and Exercise

Required Credits

The program consists of a minimum of 90 credits.

A maximum of 30 credits can be transferred from a student’s previous master’s degree, plus up to 9 post-master’s doctoral-level courses may be applied to the doctoral plan of studies.


The program consists of a minimum of 90 credits.

The minimum requirements of courses include:

  • Exercise physiology, physical activity, and health (30 credits)
  • Collateral area of study (9 credits)
  • Statistical analysis (12 credits)
  • Research methods (9 credits)
  • Doctoral dissertation (18 credits)
  • Additional credits as electives

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Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 credits
  • Successful completion of Preliminary Comprehensive Examination.
  • Successful completion of doctoral dissertation


Applicants must 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.

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