College of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance

Program Director: Dr. Joey Gray
Alumni Memorial Gym, 203
(See below for specialization contact information)
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the area of Human Performance. The program's aim is to train doctoral level students to become effective educators within the context of a rapidly changing education and public service environment, and to produce and publish scholarly research as members of the academic community.

The Ph.D. in Human Performance promotes doctoral level expertise combining pedagogy with scholarly achievement and research excellence (applied and theoretical) in the specializations of Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, and Physical Education. The program is primarily designed for the student who has completed a master's degree in one of these areas. However, applicants whose background rests outside of these areas are eligible to complete prerequisite courses and formally be admitted into the program if other entry criteria are met.

According to specialization, please contact:

Specialization Contact Email
Exercise Science Dr. Jenn Caputo
Health Dr. Norman Weatherby
Kinesmetrics Dr. Minsoo Kang
Leisure and Sports Studies Dr. Joey Gray
Physical Education Dr. Don Belcher


Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

Online application and appropriate application fee

Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service. (Click here for more information on non-US transcripts.)

Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Three letters of recommendation

Statement of Purpose

Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466