The Department of Kinesiology offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in human performance with areas of study in exercise science and sport pedagogy.
 

Exercise Science

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with a specialization in exercise science has been designed to provide students with the coursework, laboratory, and practical experiences to become a leading educator and researcher.

Admission

Admission to the PhD program area of study in exercise science is competitive and based on prior academic achievement, graduate record examination (GRE) scores, recommendations, and research interests.  Minimum requirements consist of:

  • a master's degree from an accredited institution
  • a composite (verbal and quantitative) GRE score of 300
  • one of the following:
    • 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program
    • 3.0 GPA for a completed graduate degree program.

Preference is given to students who have strong backgrounds in the Life Sciences or related fields, meet the minimum requirements stated above, and have research interests compatible with at least one of the Exercise Science faculty members.

Financial Support

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants may be asked to assist with teaching, research, and/or the outreach mission of the academic unit.

Procedures & Deadlines

Interested applicants should apply online to the Graduate School of the University of Alabama (http://graduate.ua.edu/applicants.html). Students will be admitted on a rolling basis at the discretion of program faculty as applications are received. Prospective students should identify a prospective research mentor and contact that person for more information regarding an admission timeline.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of two academic years of graduate study beyond the master’s degree is required for completion of the Ph.D. program in the College of Education. At least one year of doctoral study must be spent in continuous residence as a full-time student (see also Alternative Residency Options on the departmental website).

Sequence of Steps through the Ph.D. Program

The sequence of steps for a doctoral student from admission to graduation is:

  1. Satisfaction of admission requirements
  2. Formation of doctoral program of study
  3. Completion of coursework
  4. Completion of major comprehensive exams
  5. Formation of doctoral dissertation committee
  6. Proposal of doctoral dissertation
  7. Admission to candidacy
  8. Oral examination of the dissertation
  9. Submission of final copies of the dissertation

The Program

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond the master’s degree. This program includes 1) 24-hour exercise science core; 2) 12-hour competency in research and statistics; 3) 12 hours of foundation courses (e.g., human physiology, biochemistry, endocrinology, etc.) to support the major; and 4) 24 hours of dissertation.

Doctoral Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation is designed to provide students with a significant research experience and is considered a contribution to the research and the literature in the field. It is anticipated that students will complete credits for the dissertation after the completion of all coursework and the comprehensive examination. The student will work closely with the doctoral program chair and committee in developing a dissertation proposal and conducting the dissertation research. The doctoral dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of five faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the department.

Advising

All doctoral students will be advised by a major professor with whom they will have been aligned as part of the admissions process. In the event a doctoral student is granted admission without a research mentor/major professor, they will be assigned an interim advisor upon admission to the Ph.D. program. The advisor will assist the student in the evaluation of previous work, selection of coursework, and research oversight.

Time Limit for Doctoral Study

Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within seven calendar years from the time they are officially admitted to a program of study.

Sport Pedagogy

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in human performance with a specialization in sport pedagogy has been designed to provide students with the coursework, laboratory, and practical experiences to become a leading educator and researcher.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of two academic years of graduate study beyond the master’s degree is required for completion of the Ph.D. program in the College of Education. At least one year of doctoral study must be spent in continuous residence as a full-time student (see also Alternative Residency Options on the departmental website).

Admission to the Ph.D. Program

To be considered for regular admission to the Ph.D. program, a student must satisfy the following criteria: 1) a master’s degree from an accredited institution and 2) a 3.0 grade point average for the last 60 semester hours (4.0 scale); and 3). Applications are accepted year round.

Sequence of Steps through the Ph.D. Program

The sequence of steps for a doctoral student from admission to graduation is:

  • Satisfaction of admission requirements
  • Formation of doctoral program of study
  • Completion of coursework
  • Completion of comprehensive exams
  • Formation of doctoral dissertation committee
  • Proposal of doctoral dissertation
  • Admission to candidacy
  • Oral examination of the dissertation
  • Submission of final copies of the dissertation

The Program

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond the master’s degree. This program includes:

  • 24-hour sport pedagogy core
  • 12-hour competency in educational research and statistics
  • 12 hours of foundation courses to support the major
  • 24 hours of dissertation

Doctoral Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation is designed to provide students with a significant research experience and is considered a contribution to the research and the literature in the field. It is anticipated that students will complete credits for the dissertation after the completion of all coursework and the comprehensive examination. The student will work closely with the doctoral program chair and committee in developing a dissertation proposal and conducting the dissertation research. The doctoral dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of five faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the department.

Advising

All doctoral students will be assigned an interim advisor upon admission to the Ph.D. program. The interim advisor will assist the student in the evaluation of previous work, selection of coursework, and the preliminary work in selecting a program chair and a program advisory committee.

Financial Support

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants may be asked to assist with teaching, research, and/or the outreach mission of the academic unit.

Time Limit for Doctoral Study

Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within seven calendar years from the time they are officially admitted to the program.