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  Sep 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Kinesiology, Ph.D.


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Doctorate Requirements for Kinesiology


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Kinesiology Program - Health, Kinesiology & Health
HPER North Complex 241
801-581-7558

Minimum Doctorate Hours: 62

The Kinesiology Graduate Programs are rigorous and scholarly programs which provide a broad education in the numerous subdisciplines that comprise kinesiology. The program comprises four focus areas: (1) Physical Activity, Fitness & Health, (2) Coaching Wellness, (3) Sport and Exercise Psychology, (4) Special/Adapted Physical Education, (5) Sport Pedagogy and Pediatric Physical Activity. In addition, students can shape their careers by taking advantage of a variety of specialized opportunities. Each student’s educational program is developed with his/her mentor and doctoral committee.

Admission Requirements

Applications to the PhD program are due Jan 15. PhD applicants must match with an individual faculty mentor. It is highly recommended that doctoral applicants contact the faculty member with whom they wish to conduct their research prior to submitting the application. Faculty members are more likely to accept students to conduct research under their supervision if the applicant’s research interests match their own. Applicants to the doctoral program are strongly encouraged to visit the campus for a personal interview with a possible faculty mentor.

Application Procedures. The following items should be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office through Apply Yourself WebCenter.

  1. Graduate Application, plus the application fee.
  2. Official transcripts documenting all previous academic work in higher education. The transcripts must indicate the attainment of a bachelor’s degree AND a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. A current resume or a curriculum vita that details your academic and/or professional accomplishments.
  4. 3 letters of reference on letterhead from individuals who know your academic and/or preprofessional skills. These must be submitted electronically through Apply Yourself.
  5. A 500-word statement declaring your focus area (Physical Activity, Fitness & Health, Coaching Wellness, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Special/Adapted Physical Education, and Sport Pedagogy and Pediatric Physical Activity).
  6. A narrative of your professional and/or research objectives and rationale for seeking the degree.
  7. GRE scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing exam, taken within the last 5 years. (GRE University code: 4853, Department code: 3909) If taking the computerized GRE, use the drop-down menu to indicate that scores should be sent to the University of Utah Department of Health, Kinesiology & Recreation.
  8. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the primary language. TOEFL results must be sent directly to the International Admissions Office. A minimum score of 500 (173 on computer-based exam or 61 on new iBT exam) or better on the TOEFL.
  9. Applicants requesting the I-20 must submit a financial statement demonstrating sufficient funds to complete the degree with the application. Each year, the amount required to complete the degree changes. Please consult Graduate Admissions for this information.

Criteria for Admission

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher overall or during the last two years of undergraduate work or a GPA of 3.0 or higher during graduate work.
  • Evidence of significant coursework in physical education and/or kinesiology/exercise & sport science at the Bachelor’s level. See specific information on pre-requisite courses by subdiscipline.
  • The attainment of a bachelor’s degree AND a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Students must receive commitment from a faculty mentor prior to admission into the doctoral program.
  • A combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 300 or higher.
  • Students who meet the criteria listed above may not be accepted due to; a high volume of more qualified applicants, no match between the student and a faculty mentor, a late application or an incompleted application.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 graduate credit hours in statistics, computer science, or research design is required to fulfill the research-tool requirement.

Doctoral Requirements for Kinesiology - Physical Activity, Fitness & Health

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Doctoral Requirements for Kinesiology - Coaching Wellness

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Doctoral Requirements for Kinesiology - Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Doctoral Requirements for Kinesiology - Special/Adapted Physical Education

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Doctoral Requirements for Kinesiology - Sport Pedagogy & Pediatric Physical Activity

For doctorate requirements and further information, click HERE.

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