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Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a full-time program that prepares researchers in the areas of Movement Sciences and Kinesiology for research-intensive positions at Research I Universities and Academic Medical Centers. Study is directed toward preparing the current and the next generation of researchers in the study of movement. Graduates assume professorial and full-time researcher roles in research-intensive universities and academic medical centers.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is awarded under an Agreement with Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and has special requirements; students are referred to the doctoral degree requirements (See “Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy” in the Teachers College Catalog for more information.).

The Ph.D. program is a research-intensive degree, and students are expected to engage in full time study, which includes a series of approximately 3 successively independent research projects or the equivalent (such as a large intervention or multi-year study) during their program. Preliminary studies may be published prior to graduation, but the final study may be published only after the awarding of the degree. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy are expected to have high quality research experience in movement and exercise sciences, including a written document such as a Master’s Thesis or research article as the primary author prior to admission to the program. Students without prior research experience should apply to the Ed.D. Program.

Research may be completed in the research laboratories at Teachers College. Work may also be completed in an outside clinical/research setting if the work is done under the direct and primary supervision of a full-time faculty member in Movement Sciences. All Ph.D. students are expected to write grants to provide funding for their research under the mentorship of their primary advisor.

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