Kinesiology, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology


Department Head: Kim Graber

Director of Graduate Studies: Steven Petruzzello


Graduate Office: Julie Jenkins

Graduate Office Address: 906 South Goodwin Ave, 112 Freer Hall MC-052, Urbana, IL 61801

Graduate Phone: (217) 333-1083

Graduate Email: jjenkns@illinois.edu


Department Website:  https://ahs.illinois.edu/kinesiology
Program Website:  https://ahs.illinois.edu/kinesiology/phd


Graduate Degree Programs

Kinesiology, MS

Kinesiology, PhD

Joint Degree Program:

Kinesiology, PhD and Master of Public Health, MPH


Admissions

Students may apply to either the M.S. or the PhD program. Applications are due on January 15 for Fall admissions. Applications are due on October 1 for Spring admissions.

Admission to the PhD degree program requires a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (A = 4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants who have a master’s degree should have a grade point average of 3.5 for previous graduate-level work. All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, a statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation.

International students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)scores, with a minimum for full status admission: greater than 102 (IBT), greater than 253 (CBT), greater than 610 (PBT), or greater than 7.0 (IELTS). Scores cannot be morethan 2 years old. (see https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c)  


Major areas of specialization at both the master's and doctoral degree levels include:

  • Cultural, Interpretive and Science Studies

  • Exercise Physiology 

  • Exercise Psychology

  • Motor Control / Biomechanics

  • Pedagogy & Physical Activity

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology


Entering with approved M.S. degree

KIN 591Seminar8
KIN/CHLH/SHS 565/RST 560Teaching in the Professoriate4
Competency in research methods12
Research/Project Hours (8 max applied toward degree)0-8
Elective hours to bring total course work hours to 32
KIN 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 24 (not including 599)
Minimum Number of 500-level Hours Required Overall in Program: 8
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final/Exam Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S. degree

KIN 591Seminar12
KIN/CHLH/SHS 565/RST 560Teaching in the Professoriate4
Competency in research methods12
Research/Project Hours (16 max applied toward degree)0-16
Elective hours to bring total course work hours to 64
KIN 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours96

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 40 (not including 599)
Minimum Number of 500-level Hours Required Overall in Program: 12
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final/Exam Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0