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Exercise Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
There are two Exercise Science Ph.D. specializations in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion: Exercise Science with a specialization in biomechanics, and Exercise Science with a specialization in exercise physiology, offered at University of Kentucky.
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Each program requires 36+ credit hours prior to sitting for the qualifying exam, followed by the completion of a dissertation. Determination of a student’s particular course plan is made in consultation with the student and his or her approved advisory committee. The dissertation is guided and ultimately approved by the student’s dissertation committee.

The Exercise Science Core includes 20 hours and provides the student with a broad understanding of the various disciplines involved in this field. Each student is also required to take a minimum of 7 hours in research/statistic coursework and 3 hours of computer programming or demonstrate proficiency in programming. Beyond this minimum of 30 hours, the structure and content of the doctoral program are set by an advisor and committee in consultant with each student. The number of formal courses within each area of specialization may vary.

The Ph.D. program in exercise science uses a mentor-based admission process. What this means is that students are admitted into the program under the direct supervision of a specific faculty member. Other programs may admit students without a faculty mentor and then allow the students to decide on their primary advisor over a period of time.

The Exercise Science program is offered at University of Kentucky.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Each student will be expected to develop an in-depth understanding in one of the offered disciplines of biomechanics, exercise physiology or motor control. Coursework will include appropriate advanced professional disciplinary topics and electives in related areas.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or graduate level professional (e.g. M.D.) degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning. The Graduate School of the University of Kentucky requires an overall grade point of 3.0 on all prior graduate work and a 2.75 from undergraduate work.
  • A combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 297 (minimum verbal score of 153 and Quantitative score of 144) on the revised GRE test taken on August 1, 2011 or after.
  • Students who have not written a Master’s level thesis will be required to submit an example of their research writing. A literature review or project from a completed class are acceptable examples for submission for application. 
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      30224 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
    • National

      11772 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
    • In-State

      11772 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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    Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

    • 900 - 1400 USD/month
      Living Costs

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