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PhD in Kinesiology (Biomechanics)

Our program is designed for advanced scholarly study and research related to the application of mechanical principles to human performance.

The purpose of our program is to give you a balanced background in the science of human movement, skills useful in research and occupational settings, and an in-depth understanding of biomechanics.

Your degree may lead to careers in allied health occupations, corporate biomechanics laboratory research, teaching and college/university teaching and research.

Earn your Ph.D. in Kinesiology specializing in biomechanics, learning how mechanical principles affect human movement through in-depth study and research.


  1. Kinesiology doctoral program ranked in top 10 by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  2. Typically a three- to four-year program for those who already hold a master’s degree
  3. Access to well-equipped research laboratories and a fitness center
  4. Limited number of assistantships available on a competitive basis


Through this specialization, you will undertake advanced scholarly study and research into this sub-discipline of kinesiology that is generally defined as the application of the principles of mechanics to animate motion. Biomechanics can be viewed as both a basic and applied science.

You will build in-depth knowledge in your area of specialization as well as proficiency in designing and conducting research. You will also engage in active research throughout the course of the program in our comprehensive human movement and concussion laboratories.

Some specific courses are required, and you must demonstrate proficiency in research, breadth and soundness of scholarship, and thorough knowledge in your field to your major professor and advisory committee.

You will work with an advisory committee to design a course of study based on your background, interests, and career goals.

All students must complete the following:

  • Four hours of a research seminar
  • Two courses in statistics
  • A minimum of three hours of doctoral dissertation work
  • A series of biomechanics methods courses

You may use courses taken as part of your master’s degree to fulfill some requirements.

Common coursework topics include:

  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Methods in biomechanics
  • Motor learning and control
  • Research seminar in exercise science
  • Doctoral research
  • Doctoral dissertation

You will study with faculty who have expertise in a wide range of subjects. The program’s advisors listed below specialize in research into biomechanical and neuromuscular adaptations to movement and lower extremity sports injuries, specifically chronic ankle instability.

Our faculty have expertise in a range of subjects, with faculty members who serve as advisors to students in the exercise physiology emphasis:

How to Apply

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Admission to the program is competitive and considers a number of factors. In most cases, you should already have completed a master’s degree and thesis. In some cases, candidates with only a bachelor’s degree will be admitted if they meet the following formula: undergraduate GPA x 1000 x GRE verbal + GRE quantitative = 4300.

Applicants also must have a minimum of:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A background in physical and biological science is recommended. Example courses include:
  • College physics
  • Introductory college chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Introductory college biomechanics

International students must score at least 213 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

We also expect you to have a background in physical and biological science, including:

  • College physics
  • Introductory college chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Exercise science
  • Math through integral calculus, engineering mechanics, and computer science knowledge are also desirable

Prospective Graduate Student Application Checklist

The following should be uploaded to the Graduate School’s application:

  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Statement of Purpose should summarize your career goals and how the degree program would help you attain those identified goals.
    • If applying to a MS-thesis or Ph.D. program, ensure you describe your research interests and how your interests fit with a specific faculty member within the Department of Kinesiology.
  • A CV or resume
  • Contact information for three references

Deadline To Apply

January 10

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Additional Resources

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Meet the Faculty

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

You will gain hands-on experience in our well-equipped biomechanics and sport-related concussion labs and work with special populations, including athletes or people with scoliosis and joint replacements.

You will also have the opportunity to present your research at national and international meetings and attend professional conferences.

Most students apply to two different assistantships and teach either physical education or a biomechanics lab.

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