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Doctoral Programs

In the preparation of doctoral students, the goal is to develop those competencies necessary to pursue scholarly and scientific work and to formulate strategies to enhance professional practice. Formal admission to the doctoral program is based upon level of achievement in coursework and seminars; demonstration of research competence; a research direction compatible with faculty and laboratory resources; and signs of professional promise. A list of current research projects in Applied Physiology and in Motor Learning and Control can be obtained from the secretary in the Movement Science office.

Applicants for the M.A., Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. However, consideration for general and diversity awards is given to those applicants who meet the early application deadline. See the Admissions section of this bulletin for details. Prior to formal admission, enrollment in up to 8 points of study as a non-matriculated student is permitted. Applicants for the Ph.D. in Kinesiology are reviewed once a year subsequent to the December 15th application deadline.

Specialization in Applied Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, or Physical Education is required for the doctoral program in these areas. Within each area of specialization, students prepare course and laboratory projects, research papers and other materials appropriate for their projected professional activities. The program requires 90 points of graduate study.

The doctoral program prepares individuals for leadership roles in the movement sciences and in the fields of physical education, nutrition, dance education and rehabilitation (occupational, physical and respiratory therapy). Graduates have assumed positions as faculty members and program directors in universities and colleges; as researchers in educational, clinical or biomedical settings; and as administrators, supervisors or consultants in clinical or educational facilities. Preparation focuses advanced study and research training within the specialization.

Special Application Requirements, Applied Physiology Programs:

While students have come from a variety of fields, the following backgrounds are most appropriate: kinesiology, movement sciences, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, athletic training, biology, nutrition, nursing, and psychology. Students with strong academic records who have deficiencies in their science backgrounds, may be admitted on a provisional basis with the understanding that these deficiencies will be remedied with appropriate courses taken in addition to those required for the M.A. degree. It is strongly recommended that students without undergraduate coursework in anatomy and physiology (usually a two-semester sequence with laboratory) take these courses prior to entering the program. It is recommended that prospective students communicate with an academic advisor to discuss program plans prior to admission. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the college to meet with faculty. If desired, it is possible to audit a class or seminar session during your visit. Applicants are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. Prior to formal admission, enrollment in up to 8 points of study as a non-matriculated student is permitted.