PhD in Kinesiology
The mission of the PhD in Kinesiology is to train professional leaders, educators, and researchers to impact and transform societal health and quality of life across the lifespan in the global community
Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted. Check the school/department website for current program status.
The proposed PhD in Kinesiology is a 72 credit-hour degree program designed to prepare research-based educators and practitioners in kinesiology and related fields. The proposed program will be cohort driven and offer an exclusive fulltime enrollment format. A doctoral level dissertation is required.
Time to Degree
The proposed PhD degree program in Kinesiology will be offered both full-time. It is anticipated that full-time students will graduate in four years, and part-time students will graduate in six years. Per University policy, the total time to degree for all students will not exceed nine (9) calendar years from enrolling as a doctoral student. Doctoral students are expected to advance to candidacy within no more than six (6) years from admission to the doctoral program.
General Culture (3 credits)
- EFHP 860: Critical Perspectives in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours) (Course should be taken 1st semester)
Research Methods (15 credits)
- EDRS 810: Problems and Methods in Education Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 811: Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 812: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 821: Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 831: Structural Equation Modeling (3 credit hours)
Professional Specialization (24 credits)
- EFHP 810: Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 811: Motor Learning and Control (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 813: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics in Human Movement (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 815: Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 820: Careers in the Academy Seminar (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 825: Data Analytics in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 840: Doctoral Seminar in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 880: Grant Writing (3 credit hours)
Experiential Learning (18 credits)
- KINE 890: Research Experience I (6 credit hours)
- KINE 891: Research Experience II (3 credit hours)
- KINE 897: Independent Study (6 credit hours)
Select an additional 3 credits with advisor approval.
Dissertation (12 credits)
- KINE 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1 - 6 credit hours) (*)
- KINE 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1 - 12 credit hours) (**)
* Students must register for 3 credits the first semester enrolled KINE 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. Students preparing their proposal must register for 1 credit each semester thereafter until the proposal has been successfully defended.
**Students must register for 3 or 6 credits the first semester enrolled in KINE 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research and must register for at least 1 credit thereafter until all work has been completed including the semester in which the degree is conferred.