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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program currently focuses on four broad areas of kinesiology, namely motor behavior, exercise physiology, sport and fitness administration, and obesity studies.

It should be noted that the guiding philosophy of the program is that the student and advisor should work closely together to develop a course of study which appropriately meets the student's professional goals. Acceptance of a student into the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program is determined by a number of factors, one of which is a clearly identified area of study and a Faculty advisor/mentor within the program who will support their admission. As part of the application process, prospective students will identify the potential professor/ professors with whom they share common scientific interests.

Emphasis Areas

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in motor behavior

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in obesity studies

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and fitness administration

Program Objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology is designed to provide doctoral level training to prepare a professional with the cognitive and research skills needed to be a productive scholar.

The primary objectives of the PhD in Kinesiology are to train scholars to:

  • Understand, conduct, disseminate, and critically evaluate research in kinesiology and related fields.
  • Deeply understand content in one’s chosen field
  • Promote the learning of others through strong written and oral communication.
  • Prepare program development and research proposals.

The target time for completion of the Ph.D. (Kinesiology) program is six years or less.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (66 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $829.00/SCH
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

402 Agnes Arnold Hall,

HOUSTON,

Texas,

77204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

For international students

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): Most admitted students have a GPA above 3.5.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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