What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Most concentrations include a minimum of 61 semester hours with the exception of Physical Education Teacher Education (63 semester hours) and Rehabilitation Science (49 semester hours).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1 – Priority deadline February 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: January 15

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

Kinesiology is the study of healthy living and movement patterns related to fitness and physical activities. The Ph.D. program in Kinesiology prepares you for research and teaching careers at colleges and universities and for health, physiological performance, rehabilitative science and related fields.

An attainment of a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree ranks among the most respected accomplishments in any field.

Choose one of the following six concentrations:

  • Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Rehabilitation Science (only open to existing Department of Physical Therapy students)
  • Sport Administration

Concentrations are described in the Additional Information tab.

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

Kinesiology is the study of healthy living and movement patterns related to fitness and physical activities. The Ph.D. program in Kinesiology prepares you for research and teaching careers at colleges and universities and for health, physiological performance, rehabilitative science and related fields.

An attainment of a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree ranks among the most respected accomplishments in any field.

Choose one of the following six concentrations:

  • Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Rehabilitation Science (only open to existing Department of Physical Therapy students)
  • Sport Administration

Concentrations are described in the Additional Information tab.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Most concentrations include a minimum of 61 semester hours with the exception of Physical Education Teacher Education (63 semester hours) and Rehabilitation Science (49 semester hours).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1 – Priority deadline February 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: January 15

Program Highlights

Laboratories

Applied Physiology Laboratory

The Applied Physiology Laboratory serves the research, teaching and service needs of Kinesiology and Health. It was constructed as part of the renovation of the Physical Education Building as the badminton venue for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The laboratory maintains a Georgia clinical laboratory license.

Body Composition Laboratory

The Body Composition Lab contains a dual-energy, x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner (Lunar Prodigy; GE Medical Systems), Hydra ECF/ICF Bio-Impedance Analyzer (Xitron Technologies 4200) and skin fold calipers.

Cardiovascular & Thermal Physiology Laboratory

The Cardiovascular and Thermal Physiology Laboratory is equipped with advanced equipment, including laser-Doppler flowmetry to measure skin blood flow, microdialysis for the local delivery of pharmacological agents to the skin, local skin heaters, water-perfused suits to regulate and change body temperature and wireless telemetry pills to measure core body temperature.

Muscle Biology Laboratory
The Muscle Biology Laboratory is in the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the Sports Arena. The laboratory is equipped to study skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, histochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology.

Rankin Cooter Bureau for Sport Business Research

The Rankin Cooter Bureau for Sport Business Research conducts research in sport marketing, sport finance, event management, facility operation and other areas of sport administration. The modern facility contains 12 computer work stations (MACs and PCs) with Internet access and sport specific software such as StatCrew, SPSS, Photoshop and InDesign. There are also extensive resources, including journals, data bases and other publications for faculty and students conducting sport management research.

Careers

Our graduates hold careers in health and exercise research and teaching at colleges and universities and in health, physiological performance, rehabilitative science and related fields.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Biomechanics & Physical Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Education Teacher Education (note: applicants for this concentration must hold a Master’s degree in health and physical education and initial teaching certification in that subject area)
  • Rehabilitation Science (only open to existing Department of Physical Therapy students)
  • Sport Administration

When applying to the Kinesiology, Ph.D. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Writing Sample (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (upload with the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 3.30 graduate GPA required for admission
    • transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (note: applicants for the Physical Education Teacher Education concentration must hold a Master’s degree in health and physical education and initial teaching certification in that subject area)
    • institution code 5251
  • GRE scores: An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology

A. Core Area (14-18)

The Core Area consists of 15 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.

Research Core (14-15 hours)

Required for All Concentrations (3):

Choose one course (3):

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)

Required for All Concentrations Except Rehabilitation Science (12):

  • A two-course sequence (6 hours) in research methodology (see below for specific tracks/courses)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in advanced research methods as identified by the Doctoral Advisory Committee

Required for the Rehabilitation Science Concentration (11):

  • A two-course sequence (5 hours) in research methodology
  • 6 hours in advanced research methods

Quantitative Methodology

  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3
  • EPRS 8820 Program Evaluation and Institutional Research (3)
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8660 Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I (3)
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II(3)
  • EPRS 9900 Research Design (3)

Qualitative Methodology

  • ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)

Single-Case Methodology

  • EPY 8850 Introduction to Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8860 Applications of Single-Case Methodology (3)

Historical/Philosophical Methodology

  • EPSF 9850 Historical Research in American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)

Measurement Methodology

  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory (3)

Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning Core (3 hours)

(applies to all concentrations except Rehabilitation Science)

In addition to highly specialized research in specific areas, doctoral students in the College of Education & Human Development must possess a deep understanding of comprehensive, theoretical principles and broad ideological conceptualizations.

Through historical, philosophical, sociological and anthropological inquiry, knowledge of social foundations fosters the types of speculative investigations essential for thorough understandings of those theoretical principles and ideological conceptualizations necessary to uphold the integrity of the Ph.D. degree.

The psychology of learning component is based on the following guiding principles: (1) Educational leaders make judgments that affect learning. (2) Doctoral students should have a substantial understanding of the psychology of learning.

Select one (3):

  • EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)
  • EPY 8030 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 8050 The Psychology of Instruction (3)
  • EPY 8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning (3)
  • EPY 8080 Memory and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the School-Age Child (5 to 18 Years) (3)
  • EPY 8200 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect (3)
  • EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)

B. Major Area (19-21)

The students select one of the following four concentration areas:

B1 – Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation Concentration (19)

Required  (19):

  • KH 8830 Motion Analysis (3)
  • KH 8850 Instrumentation of Biomechanics (3)
  • KH 9560 Neuromechanics of Human Locomotion (3)
  • KH 9820 Research in Kinesiology (6)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (4)

B2 – Exercise Physiology Concentration (19)

Required (19):

  • KH 9520 Advanced Exercise Physiology: Energy Metabolism (3)
  • KH 9530 Advanced Exercise Physiology: Cardiorespiratory (3)
  • KH 9550 Advanced Exercise Physiology: Myocellular (3)
  • KH 9820 Research in Kinesiology (6)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (4)

B3- Exercise Psychology Concentration (19)

Required (19):

  • CPS 8820 Health Psychology (3)
  • KH 8600 Physical Activity Interventions and Behavior Change (3)
  • KH 9280 Advanced Topics in Exercise Psychology (3)
  • KH 9820 Research in Kinesiology (6)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (4)

B4 – Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration (21)

Required (15):

  • KH 9660 Analysis of Teaching Physical Education (3)
  • KH 9670 Models of Teacher Education in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 9820 Research in Kinesiology (3)
  • KH 9830 Research on Teaching and Learning in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (3)

Select 6 hours from the list of courses:

  • KH 8550 Sports and Movement Studies for Athletes with Disabilities (3)
  • KH 8610 Curriculum Theory in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 8620 Assessment Theory in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 8630 Instructional Design for Physical Education (3)
  • KH 8665 Assessment and Curriculum Development for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • KH 8685 Initial Supervision and Teacher Development in Physical Education (3)
  • KH 8690 Technology in Physical Education Instruction and Teacher Education (3)
  • KH 9840 Grant Proposal Writing (3)
  • Other appropriate courses numbered 8000-8999 may be substituted into the program of study with the approval of the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee.

B5 – Rehabilitation Science Concentration (20)

Required  (17):

  • PT 6600 Human Gross Anatomy I (2)
  • PT 6605 Human Gross Anatomy I Lab (2)
  • PT 6800 Human Gross Anatomy II (2)
  • PT 6805 Human Gross Anatomy II Lab (1)
  • PT 7615 Movement Science I (3)
  • KH 8850 Instrumentation in Biomechanics (3)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (4)

Select one (3):

  • KH 8830 Motion Analysis (3)
  • KH 9560 Neuromechanics of Human Locomotion (3)

B6 – Sport Administration Concentration (19)

Required (19):

  • KH 9290 Current Topics in Sport Administration (3)
  • KH 9570 Advanced Theory in Sport Administration (3)
  • KH 9610 Sport Consumer Behavior (3)
  • KH 9820 Research in Kinesiology (6)
  • KH 9960 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology (4)

C. Cognate Area (9)

Coursework applied to meet the cognate area requirement must be taken outside the major field of study.

C1 – Biomechanics Concentration (9):

The purpose of the cognate area requirement is to provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop an extended knowledge base associated with the major field of study. Courses fulfilling the cognate requirement will be determined in consultation with the doctoral adviser and approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

C2 – Exercise Physiology Concentration (9):

The purpose of the cognate area requirement is to provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop an extended knowledge base associated with the major field of study. Courses fulfilling the cognate requirement will be determined in consultation with the doctoral adviser and approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

C3- Exercise Psychology Concentration (9):

The purpose of the cognate area requirement is to provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop an extended knowledge base associated with the major field of study. Courses fulfilling the cognate requirement will be determined in consultation with the doctoral adviser and approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

C4- Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration (9):

The purpose of the cognate area requirement is to provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop an extended knowledge based associated with the major field of study, with an emphasis on careers in higher education. Courses fulfilling the cognate requirement will be determined in consultation with the doctoral adviser and approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

C5- Sport Administration Concentration (9):

The purpose of the cognate area requirement is to provide opportunities for doctoral students to develop an extended knowledge based associated with the major field of study, with an emphasis on careers in higher education. Courses fulfilling the cognate requirement will be determined in consultation with the doctoral adviser and approved by the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

The cognate area does not apply to the Rehabilitation Science concentration. 

D. Dissertation (15)

Required (15):
KH 9990 Dissertation (15)

Program total (Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation): minimum of 61 semester hours
Program total (Exercise Physiology): minimum of 61 semester hours
Program total (Exercise Psychology): minimum of 61 semester hours
Program total (Physical Education Teacher Education): minimum of 63 semester hours
Program total (Rehabilitation Science): minimum 49 semester hours
Program total (Sport Administration): minimum of 61 semester hours

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Description

Kinesiology Ph.D. Doctoral Student Handbook

Descriptions of Concentrations

Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation
The concentration in Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation focuses on the scientific description of human movement through advanced techniques utilizing computerized film and high speed video graphical analysis systems, computerized force measuring systems, electromyography, and other state-of-the-art instrumentation with applications in many disciplines, including ergonomics, engineering, medicine, sport, and exercise.

Exercise Physiology
The concentration in Exercise Physiology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology with particular emphases on exercise metabolism and performance in healthy populations, and in populations with chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuromuscular diseases)

Exercise Psychology
The concentration in Exercise Psychology prepares students to teach and to conduct research in areas related to the correlates of physical activity, mental health benefits of physical activity, theory-based behavior change strategies, and the design, implementation, and testing of theory-based physical activity interventions. Completion of this concentration will not lead to students becoming licensed psychologists.

Physical Education Teacher Education
The concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) prepares students for careers in higher education as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators. Research expertise will be acquired in the areas of instruction, curriculum, assessment, teacher education, and teacher development. The cognate area will prepare students as members of communities of scholars in higher education. Watch the P.E.T.E. Ph.D. promo video.

Rehabilitation Science
The concentration in Rehabilitation Science is only open to students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. The program is designed to augment the existing DPT program to prepare physical therapists to teach and conduct research in areas related to physical rehabilitation, biomechanics, and physiology.

Sport Administration
The concentration in Sport Administration prepares students to teach and conduct research in areas related to sport administration, including sport management, marketing, policy, consumer behavior, or communication. If you have a passion for sport management research and desire to pursue a career in academia, the Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Administration program may be right for you. The Ph.D. program guides students to think critically about the sport management industry, comprehend sport management theory, develop a line of research inquiry, and apply various research designs and advanced statistics to become sport management researchers and professors in higher education. If you are interested in the Ph.D. concentration in Sport Administration, meet with a potential research faculty advisor prior to applying. Students must have a faculty member who is willing to sponsor the student’s admission to the Ph.D. program.

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Christopher Ingalls, Ph.D.
cingalls@gsu.edu
404-413-8377

Kinesiology and Health
KHAmbassador@gsu.edu
404-413-8050

College of Education & Human Development
Kinesiology and Health
Sports Arena
125 Decatur Street
Suite 137
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

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