Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered with emphases in exercise physiology, health education and psychology of physical activity, and sport management. Students must interview with a faculty advisor in the intended emphasis before admission.

Regular doctoral admission requires Graduate Record Examination scores of 500 on both the verbal and quantitative sections (must have a total of 1100) and 4.5 on the written analytical section. A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 in master’s degree work is required. Pre-aspirant status requires the prospective doctoral student to earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the first 12 credit hours.

With the advisor, each student develops a course of study consistent with the student’s needs and the faculty’s expertise. This includes major courses, minor courses, core courses, and research skills.

Research Skills

Research skills must be completed before the aspirant is admitted to the comprehensive examinations. Twelve hours of statistical methods and demonstration of statistical application techniques in a research problem are required as evidence of research skills. The Ph.D. requires competence in 2 of the following 3 research skills:

  1. Reading knowledge of a foreign language;
  2. Computer programming, analysis, and processing skills; or
  3. Additional statistics including multivariate or nonparametric techniques.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Students should obtain specific instructions and guidelines for graduate degrees from the department.

Contact Info

Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

Robinson Center
1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 104
Lawrence, KS 66045-7520
Joseph Weir, Chair
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