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.

Program Requirements

Major Field (24 hours minimum)

Students who have not completed a master’s degree at the University of Alabama take the following 8 courses for a total of 24 hours*:

  • KIN 506 Techniques of Research (3 hours)
  • KIN 507 Laboratory Techniques (3 hours)
  • KIN 592 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
  • KIN 593 Advanced Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription (3 hours)
  • KIN 690 Exercise in Health and Disease (3 hours)
  • KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology (6 hours)
  • One of the following: KIN 566, KIN 596, KIN 602, KIN 603, KIN 604, KIN 698 (see below) (3 hours)

*Students who have taken some of the above courses in a master’s degree at the University of Alabama may substitute the above courses with the courses listed below:

  • KIN 566 Evaluation in Physical Education
  • KIN 596 Independent Study in Physical Education
  • KIN 602 Readings in Physical Education
  • KIN 603 Special Projects in Physical Education
  • KIN 685 Fieldwork and Laboratory Experience in Physical Education
  • KIN 698 Non-dissertation Research

KIN 699 Dissertation Research (24 hours)

Research/Statistics Competency (12 hours minimum are required)*

*Must have done a basic statistics course in Master’s program. If not must take BER 540 Quantitative Statistics I. Please note that BER 540 does not count towards the 12 hours in the research/statistics competency.

Then take:

  • BER 640 Quantitative Statistics II or ST 550 Statistical Methods for Applied research or ST 551 Statistical Methods for Applied research II or CHS 627 Multivariate Methods in Health Statistics or CHS 525 Biostatistics

Then select the remaining research/statistics courses from the following:

  • BER 645 Advanced Experimental Design
  • ST 561 Applied Design of Experiments
  • CHS 520 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • BER 642 Advanced Regression Methods
  • ST 552 Applied Regression Analysis
  • CHS 620 Independent Study in Linear Models
  • CHS 637 Advanced Multivariate Methods in Biostatistics
  • BER 640 Multivariate Dependence Methods
  • ST 553 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • CHS 627 Multivariate Methods in Health Statistics
  • BER 641 Multivariate Quantitative Methods
  • ST 535 Nonparametric Statistics

Foundations concentration (12 hours minimum)

Take a concentration of courses which are “foundational” to the major. KIN classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.  Examples of concentrations include Health Promotion, Psychology, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology, Epidemiology, Endocrinology, and others to suit student’s research/teaching interests.