What will I learn?

Our increased focus on health and wellness has resulted in kinesiology becoming one of the fastest growing undergraduate majors in the US. And the need for PhD-trained faculty to educate these future professionals is strong. Working toward a PhD in Kinesiology, you’ll gain the training you’ll need to become a successful scholar and be able to conduct independent research in applied and academic settings.

This is your opportunity to become a successful scholar with a strong ability to ask and study relevant research questions in a dynamic world resulting in a positive impact on health and society.

Why choose us?

You will contribute to, and lead cutting-edge research that will move the fields of human movement and health sciences forward.

You will have opportunities to teach and mentor other students.

You will one-on-one and group-based mentoring from our award-winning faculty who, as skilled educators and inventive scholars, integrate life experiences and active research projects into the classroom.

You will experience a rich and collaborative learning environment that includes the opportunity to learn with other graduate students at the College of Health Sciences.

All of our graduates have found employment within their chosen field, going on to a variety of faculty positions, post-doctoral fellowships and industry jobs.

As the only Kinesiology PhD program in the Greater Milwaukee area, we offer an urban, research-intensive experience at a fraction of the cost of private schools.

Program Vision

To foster the development of leading scholars who have the ability to create, evaluate, apply and advance knowledge at the intersection of the human movement and health sciences.

Which department am I in?

College of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 58 graduate credits)

Tuition fees
US$25,000.00 per year
Start date

21 January 2020


College of Health Sciences

Enderis Hall,

2400 E. Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a 4-5 year bachelor. International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 in paper based exam.

For international students

Possess, or be in the process of completing, a MS degree in Kinesiology or closely related field. In exceptional cases, applicants with a BS degree in Kinesiology or closely related field who demonstrate significant involvement in research and exceptional academic achievement may be considered for admission.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results with a minimum required score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) and a minimum recommended sub-score of 18 in each skill).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results with a minimum required score of 6.5, with minimum recommended sub-score of 6.0 in each skill.

CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced aka Certificate of Advanced English) or CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency aka Certificate of Proficiency in English) results with a minimum required level of C1 and a minimum recommended score of 170 on any given language skill test.

C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

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