Ph.D. in Health, Sport and Exercise Science

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Health, Sport and Exercise Science is a research-focused degree, designed to prepare future scholars to contribute to their chosen discipline through teaching, research and service. Candidates choose among four concentrations:

A minimum of 96 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate is required. The degree program also requires successful completion of candidacy examinations, an acceptable doctoral dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation.

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent and meet general admissions requirements of the U of A Graduate School. Incoming doctoral students should identify an appropriate faculty mentor based on research interests. Students are rarely admitted to a program without a mutual agreement between the student and a faculty member. Doctoral applicants must submit three letters of recommendation through the Graduate School site, in addition to official transcripts, GRE scores, CV or resume, and statement of interest. It is possible the applicant will interview with program faculty, particularly if the student is being considered for a graduate assistant position. The program may require additional prerequisites after review of application materials.