Exercise Physiology Ph.D.

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The doctoral program is firmly based in research and prepares students for academic careers in exercise physiology. Graduate students in this program have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the program’s well-equipped laboratories of clinical and applied physiology, neuromuscular research and active aging, and sports medicine and motion analysis. Additionally, there are numerous collaborative research opportunities bolstered by the department’s strong relationships with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, Health South Doctors’ Hospital, and the Varsity Athletics Department. The program is best known for its work in women’s health, obesity, pediatric physiology, aging, muscle, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, exercise biochemistry, and human metabolism. The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology requires the completion of up 72 credit hours, depending on the student’s academic background, and takes approximately four to five years to complete.

Admission Requirements

  • M.A. or M.S. in exercise physiology or a related field.
  • Pre-requisite courses including one year of chemistry with laboratory, and one course each in human biology, human physiology, and exercise physiology.
  • Admission preference will be given to those that have completed courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate and graduate GPA and a minimum 300 GRE score (verbal + quantitative) and 4.0 Analytical Writing Assessment score.

Required Coursework

KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology

KIN 630 Cellular Exercise Physiology

KIN 631 Laboratory Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle,Laboratory Experiences in Systemic Exercise Physiology

KIN 679 Principles of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular

KIN 686 Exercise Prescription/Assessment Laboratory

KIN 735 Methods in Biomechanical Analysis

KIN 740 Neurophysiology in Exercise Science

Restricted Electives

Select 9 credit hours of graduate KIN courses.

Unrestricted Electives

Select 3 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Outside Supporting Field

Select 12 credit hours from relevant supportive field.

Research Competencies (15 credit hours required)

KIN 746 Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

EPS 702 Quantitative Methods II

EPS 703 Applied Multivariate Statistics

EPS 708 An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data

EPS7XX Graduate Research Competency Elective

Dissertation: Select 12 credit hours of Dissertation

KIN 830 Pre-Candidacy to Dissertation Research

KIN 840 Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research

Program Contact

Program Director

Kevin Allen Jacobs
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Room: Merrick Building 317-C


For Admission Inquiries, contact:

Karina Rodriguez
Applicant Journey Representative


For Application Process Questions, contact:

Graduate Studies Office