Health and Exercise Science Doctoral Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The doctoral degree in Health and Exercise Science is awarded for excellence in research scholarship in combination with successful completion of an approved program of study consisting of coursework within and external to the Department of Health and Exercise Science. It signifies the attainment of independently acquired and comprehensive learning which evidences general professional competence. A doctoral student should, under normal conditions, spend at least the equivalent of five full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree, or four academic years beyond the master’s degree. During this period the student shall take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the General Oral and Written Examination, and submit and successfully defend the results of original research as a dissertation. The total number of hours, combining both formal courses and hours of research, for the doctoral degree will be at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours.

Departmental requirements will conform to University policies in the following areas:

  • residency requirements,
  • limitations to the number of 3000/4000 level courses that may be applied to the degree,
  • transfer credit,
  • time limitations,
  • general examination,
  • use of human subjects/animals in research, and
  • completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) can be awarded in either Exercise Physiology or Health Promotion.