Exercise Physiology - Ph.D.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2197
oss@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs


Description

The Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology prepares students for a wide variety of career options, including exercise prescription and research. The program develops the competencies needed for those who intend to teach exercise physiology, pursue research or apply exercise physiology in practice.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in exercise science or equivalent preparation
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.500 graduate GPA (4.000 scale) is recommended
  • GRE or MCAT score of the 50th percentile
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Present their research data regionally and nationally at conferences.
  2. Publish their research data in peer reviewed publications.
  3. Teach classes associated with exercise physiology.
  4. Work in the field and implement community-based exercise programing.
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-PHD-EXPH]

Major Requirements
EXPH 73050RESEARCH PROCESSES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3
EXPH 73051QUANTITATIVE AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3
EXPH 73095RESEARCH SEMINAR 12
EXPH 83098RESEARCH 12
EXPH 83199DISSERTATION I 230
Exercise Physiology Electives, choose from the following:6
MUSCLE FUNCTION AND EXERCISE
ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS AND EXERCISE
EXERCISE ENERGY METABOLISM
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESPIRATORY DYNAMICS DURING EXERCISE
Chemistry Electives, choose from the following:3
BIOENERGETICS
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY I
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY II
Physiology Electives, choose from the following:6
NEUROBIOLOGY: SYSTEMS AND BEHAVIOR
PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING:IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Additional electives as approved by faculty advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:65
1

Students must enroll in EXPH 73095 for two semesters.

2

Upon admission to candidacy, each doctoral candidate must register for EXPH 83199. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I for a total of 30 credit hours, and thereafter EXPH 83299, each semester (including summer) until all requirements for the degree have been met. The dissertation must show that the student has the competency to conduct research in a discriminating and original manner. The quality of the dissertation must be such that one or more articles acceptable for publication in a professional journal may be expected to be derived from it.

Graduation Requirements

Only in rare instances does a student fulfill the educational and research expectations within the minimum-credit-hour requirement for this degree. Any deficiencies in a doctoral student’s academic preparation must be corrected very early in the approved academic program.

Candidacy Examination

Students will be required to pass an oral and written candidacy examination after coursework is completed before beginning their dissertation. Prior to taking the candidacy examination, the student must demonstrate his or her ability to conduct independent research related to the field of exercise physiology. This may be in the form of a completed thesis, an independent study project or an article published in an acceptable research journal. The acceptability of such evidence is to be determined by faculty advising students in exercise physiology.