Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology has three concentrations:

  1. Community Health
  2. Exercise and Sport Science
  3. Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership

Each concentration gives students the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed as a researcher and educator in higher education or related careers.


  • School and Community Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership


The prerequisite for admission into the Ph.D. in Kinesiology include: 1) Undergraduate and master's degrees from nationally accredited colleges or universities 2) Verification of a faculty willing to serve as the major advisor from the division

Course Requirements

The plan of work for each admitted student is developed between the student and their major advisor with the goal of providing students with the most appropriate coursework and experiences to best prepare them for success in their future careers. Students work with a major advisor to design a tailored plan that incorporates major courses aligned with the student's career aspirations, 15 credits of Research Methods and 30 credits of culminating Dissertation. Coursework from previous graduate degrees may be included as major coursework upon discussion with the major advisor. The minimum requirements for the degree are 90 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree.

Additional general requirements for this degree are stated in the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis, but must complete all degree requirements within seven years of admission.


Heather Ladanyi
manager of the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, for guidance prior to submitting admission applications.

Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies
Phone: 313-577-4249

Career insights

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