A PhD in Kinesiology prepares students for a career in academics, teaching, research, or clinical settings. Students will work closely with a faculty advisor with expertise in their area of interest to conduct research and write a dissertation. The PhD program explores kinesiology through an interdisciplinary approach across emphasis areas in the life sciences and social sciences.
PhD students who received full or partial funding*
Average time to complete our PhD program
PhD students who have published one or more peer-reviewed papers*
* Fall 2020 data
All students pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology will need to select their emphasis area and faculty advisor prior to applying. Students should review the following emphasis area options and the associated faculty and labs. They should choose an emphasis area that aligns with their future career goals and research interests.
Provides advanced knowledge for understanding how the human nervous system controls movement and how the neurological disease affects motor function. Students will focus on the application of the laws of physics to the motion of biological systems.
The study of issues related to acute and chronic effects of physical activity on human physiological systems and health. Including how fundamental concepts of human energetics and mechanics apply to exercise, sport, physical exertion, and health promotion.
Focuses on movement skills and how they are learned and controlled over the human lifespan.
Intended to provide students with advanced study in physical activity and health promotion and disease prevention, as well as study designs from an epidemiological approach.
Explores the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people in physical activity contexts. Research focuses on participants of competitive sport, exercise and fitness, sports medicine and rehabilitation, physical education, and health and wellness.
Concentrates on the theoretical and practical dimensions of the management of athletic events, sports teams and facilities, and the sporting process.
Focuses on the scientific study of human behavior and social organization in the sport context. The primary objective is to attempt to identify, describe, and explain the role and relationship of sport in society.
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