Admission Process for Ph.D. in Human Performance

Applications to the Ph.D. in Human Performance for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1 and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Ph.D. in Human Performance is offered for the purpose of developing doctoral level expertise in research (both applied and theoretical) and as preparation for teaching at the collegiate level. There are five areas of specialization offered in the Ph.D. in Human Performance: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, and Physical Education.

The Ph.D. in Human Performance requires 60 credit hours past the master's degree. A maximum of 12 hours from the master's degree may be transferred in from an accredited doctoral program. Two-thirds of the program must be at the 7000 level. The general degree plan includes 10 hours of pedagogy, 15 hours of research tools, 23 hours in coursework and independent research in one of the five areas of specialization (Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, Physical Education). Twelve credit hours of dissertation are included in the 60 hours required.

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For additional information, contact Mrs. Shirlene Rea, or Graduate Director, Dr. Joey Gray.

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