Texas Tech University

Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology

Program Overview

The doctoral program in Exercise Physiology provides students with advanced knowledge about the integrative physiological processes related to how exercise and lifestyle changes alter health and risk factors for disease and disability. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing and addressing health disparities.  The doctoral degree requires 60 credit hours that include focused required coursework, seminar, electives, and 18 dissertation credit hours.

Interested Students Should...

  1. At the top click Faculty Research and review each Kinesiology faculty member's research interests.
  2. Identify an individual faculty member that you would like to work with, in other words, identify a person that is conducting research that aligns with your own research interests.
  3. Contact the faculty member you selected by email or phone and express your interest in joining their research laboratory. Sending a vitae with the correspondence is appreciated.
  4. IF the faculty member encourages you to apply then go to http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/howtoapply.php to submit your application.

Admissions Criteria

  • A master's degree or higher in Kinesiology, exercise science, or a related field from an accredited institution with a graduate studies GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Clear evidence of independent research experience (e.g., thesis, research project, peer-reviewed publication).
  • Curriculum vitae with evidence of academic achievements and relevant experiences.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty mentors who can provide insights about the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program. One letter must be from the student's major advisor during graduate studies.
  • GRE scores at the 40th percentile or higher for all three sections (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing).
  • One scientific writing sample, such as Master's degree research paper or copy of a peer-reviewed publication.
  • A one-page letter of intent describing academic preparation, interest in doctoral studies, professional goals, research skills, and teaching and work experiences. The letter should include a statement that confirms that the applicant has identified a faculty mentor in the department to supervise the applicant's doctoral studies.
  • International students whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 paper-based or 79 Internet on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

For More Information

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

  • Address

    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.3371