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Exercise Physiology - Ph.D. 
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Exercise Physiology - Ph.D.

The doctoral program is firmly based in research and prepares students for academic careers in exercise physiology. Graduate students in this program have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the program’s well-equipped laboratories of clinical and applied physiology, neuromuscular research and active aging, and sports medicine and motion analysis. Additionally, there are numerous collaborative research opportunities bolstered by the department’s strong relationships with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, Health South Doctors’ Hospital, and the Varsity Athletics Department. The program is best known for its work in women’s health, obesity, pediatric physiology, aging, muscle, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, exercise biochemistry, and human metabolism. The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology requires the completion of up 72 credit hours, depending on the student’s academic background, and takes approximately four to five years to complete.

Admission Requirements

  • M.A. or M.S. in exercise physiology or a related field.
  • Pre-requisite courses including one year of chemistry with laboratory, and one course each in human biology, human physiology, and exercise physiology.
  • Admission preference will be given to those that have completed courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate and graduate GPA and a minimum 300 GRE score (verbal + quantitative) and 4.0 Analytical Writing Assessment score.
Note: Programs, program components, and courses subject to change.

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  Required Core in the Major (21 Credits) (Required)
KIN621  Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology ( Req )
KIN630  Cellular Exercise Physiology ( Req )
KIN631  Laboratory: Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle ( Req )
KIN679  Principles of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular ( Req )
KIN686  Exercise Prescription Assessment Lab ( Req )
KIN735  Methods in Biomechanical Analysis ( Req )
KIN740  Neurophysiology in Exercise Science ( Req )
  Restricted Electives (Required)

Students must take 9 Credits of graduate KIN courses.

  Unrestricted Electives (Required)

Students must take 3 Credits of graduate coursework.

  Outside Supporting Field (Required)

Students must take a minimum of 12 Credits from a relevant supportive field.

  Research Competencies (Required)
All 15 Credits are Required.
EPS702  General Linear Methods ( Req )
EPS703  Applied Multivariate Statistics ( Req )
EPS708  Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling ( Req )
EPS7XX  EPS Graduate Elective ( Req )
KIN746  Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences ( Req )
  Dissertation (Required)
Students must take 12 credits.
KIN840  Post-Candidacy to Dissertation Research ( Req )
  Note (Required)

Note: 2/3 of all coursework must be at or above the 700 level. Students entering with a Masterís degree in Exercise Physiology or a related degree must take a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework at the University of Miami in addition to 12 credits of dissertation.

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Prospective Students:

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Admissions Contact:
Lois Heffernan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Program Contact:
Kevin Allen Jacobs
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Merrick Bldg. 317-C


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