Overview

The mission of the Ph.D. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on exercise science is to prepare students for research careers in exercise physiology. Courses focus on advanced concepts and laboratory techniques students will need to become independent investigators.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Mark Richardson

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive and based on prior academic achievement, graduate record examination (GRE) scores, recommendations, and alignment of research interests with that of faculty. Minimum requirements comprise the following:

  • A composite (verbal + quantitative) GRE score of 300
  • One of the following:
    • Undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
    • 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program
    • 3.0 GPA for a completed graduate program

If an applicant fails to meet both the entrance examination score and GPA requirements for regular admission, he/she may be eligible for conditional admission if he/she meets one of the two. In such instances, conditional admission is not guaranteed and is handled on a case-by-case basis. Preference is given to students who have strong backgrounds in the life sciences or related fields and meet the minimum requirements stated above, as well as who have research interests compatible with at least one of the faculty members in exercise science.

Application Process

Interested applicants should apply online to the Graduate School of the University of Alabama (https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/apply-now/). Students will be admitted on a rolling basis at the discretion of program faculty as applications are received. Prospective students should identify a prospective research mentor and contact that person for more information regarding an admission timeline.

All admission and graduate assistantship applications must be submitted by January 15.

Assistantship decisions are made in early February and announced sometime between late February and mid-March. Assistantships are typically not awarded for Spring admission although interested applicants are encouraged to apply in order to have an application on file for the subsequent Fall term.  Apply here.

Exercise Science Program of Study Guidelines

Major Field (24 hours minimum)

The following classes are required (12 hours total):

  • KIN 592 Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • KIN 670 Exercise Biochem (3)
  • KIN 651 Systems Physiology I (3)
  • KIN 652 Systems Physiology II (3)

Choose additional KIN coursework from the following (12 hours total):

  • KIN 506 Techniques of Research (3)
  • KIN 507 Laboratory Techniques (3)
  • KIN 566 Evaluation in Phys Education (3)
  • KIN 593 Advanced Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription (3)
  • KIN 596 Independent Study (1–3); can be taken more than once
  • KIN 602 Readings Physical Education (3)
  • KIN 603 Special Proj Physical Ed (3)
  • KIN 685 Field & Lab Experience (3)
  • KIN 690 Exercise in Health and Disease (3)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (3); can be taken more than once
  • KIN 698 Non-Dissertn Research (3)

KIN 699 Dissertation Research (24 hours)

Research/Statistics Competency (12 hours minimum)

Possible Prerequisite: Students must have completed a basic statistics course in a Master’s program. If not, take:

  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Educ; NOTE: this class does not count towards the required 12 hours Research/Statistics Competency.

Choose from the following (12 hours total):

  • BER 639 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • BER 640 Quantitative II: Statistical Methods in Education II (3)
  • BER 642 Advanced Regression Methods (3)
  • BER 643 Multivariate Statistics (3)
  • BER 645 Advanced Experimental Design (3)
  • BER 646 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • BER 648 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • ST 540 Statistical Programming and Computing with R (3)
  • ST 550 Statistical Methods in Research I (3)
  • ST 552 Applied Regression Analy (3)
  • ST 553 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • ST 560 Statistical Methods (3)
  • ST 561 Applied Design of Experiments (3)
  • ST 635 Nonparametric Statistics (3)
  • CHS 525 Biostatistics (3)
  • CHS 627 Multivariate Methods Hlth Stats (3)
  • PY 602 Advanced Statistics I (3)
  • PY 603 Advanced Statistics II (3)
  • PY 604 Multivariate Methods Analysis (3)

Foundations concentration (12 hours minimum)

*KIN CLASSES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FULFILL THIS REQUIREMENT PER COE POLICY

Sample concentrations

  • Health Promotion
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational Health

Sample courses

  • CHS 500 Rural Envir/Occup Health (3)
  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology (3)
  • CHS 550 Introduction to Fundamentals of Medicine I (6)
  • CHS 551 Introduction to Fundamentals of Medicine II (6)
  • CHS 625 Advanced Epidemiology (3)
  • BSC 524 Human Physiology (3)
  • BSC 529 Pathophysiology (3)
  • BSC 535 Immunology (3)
  • BSC 549 Endocrinology (3)
  • BSC 550 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
  • NHM 557 Childhood Obesity (3)
  • NHM 558 Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease (3)
  • NHM 561 Advanced Vitamins and Minerals Metabolism (3)
  • NHM 562 Metabolism of Energy Nutrients (3)
  • NHM 568 Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)
  • PY 658 Psychopathology (3)