Doctoral Program


Admission to study for a the Ph.D. in Exercise Science is based on:

  • Students must be accepted by a member of the graduate faculty to be admitted (Please contact graduate faculty directly with whom you are interested in working before submitting your application)
  • The applicant's academic record - including a graduate grade point ratio (GPR) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Recommendations
  • Relevant experience
  • Foreign students whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. 

A member of the graduate faculty to be admitted must accept students. Students must contact the faculty member directly.

Research Experience Requirement

Prior to scheduling the dissertation proposal meeting each student will: a) have presented, as sole or first author, at least one presentation at a state, regional, or national conference; and b) will be an author on at least one research paper submitted to a peer-reviewed national or international journal. In addition, the department head will not sign dissertations until the student has submitted as first author a manuscript(s) of the study to a national or international refereed journal(s).

Minimal Hour Requirement

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 64 hours beyond the Masters or 96 hours beyond the Baccalaureate degree. Depending on preparation and experience, doctoral students may be required to complete undergraduate or graduate leveling work in addition to the minimum Ph.D. requirements (see below).

Minimum Prerequisites Or Competencies

Please refer to Texas A&M University Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog for course content. Competency in the content of the course is required rather than the specific course. The graduate office in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in consultation with the graduate committee chairs/advisors will review transcripts of potential graduate students.