Texas Tech University

Exercise Physiology, Ph.D.

The doctoral program in exercise physiology provides students with advanced knowledge about the integrative physiological processes related to how exercise and lifestyle changes improve health and reduce 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 12 dissertation credit hours. Prior to starting dissertation research, students are required to pass a qualifying exam in their fourth long semester after completing the advanced exercise physiology set of core courses. Details about the qualifying exam including examination topics can be found in the departmental graduate student handbook. All students will be reviewed annually for satisfactory progress that includes maintaining a B average and meeting agreed upon standards/expectations in research growth set with one's mentor.


Year 1 - Fall

  • KIN 7316 Applied Statistics in Kinesiology
  • KIN 7303 Advanced Exercise Physiology II
  • KIN 7104 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • Electives

Year 1 - Spring

  • KIN 7305 College and University Teaching in Exercise Physiology
  • KIN  7301 Advanced Exercise Physiology I
  • KIN 7104 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • Electives

Year 2 - Fall

  • KIN 6319 Development of Exercise Physiology Proposals
  • KIN 7104 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • Electives 

Year 2 - Spring

  • KIN 7104 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 7304 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology
  • Electives
  • Qualifying Exam

Years 3 and 4

  • KIN 7104 Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 8000 Doctoral Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense

For Admission Information

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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