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PhD in Kinesiology (Motor Control and Learning)

Interested in further, in-depth study of motor development, motor learning, and movement control? We offer a research-oriented Ph.D. with a specialization in motor control and learning that includes foci such as the developmental aspects of movement and function across the lifespan, along with the underlying mechanisms related to physical and motor functioning that occur in conjunction with motor skill acquisition and sports-related movements.


  1. Top 10 ranking by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  2. Modern labs with the latest equipment
  3. Hands-on, practical experience


Our program blends face-to-face instruction with the real-world issues found in practical experience. Learn the latest information on teaching physical education, sport, and physical activity.

Our doctoral program offers ample and rigorous opportunities to acquire the necessary research experience you need for your post-doctoral career.

The motor control and learning specialization is a research-oriented program for students interested in the study of motor development, motor learning, and movement control. This includes:

  • The developmental aspects of movement and function across a person’s lifespan
  • Underlying mechanisms related to physical and motor functioning
  • How these mechanisms occur in conjunction with motor skill acquisition and sports-related movements

As a student in the motor control and learning specialization, you will take coursework in:

  • Motor development
  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Developmental and motor assessment
  • Exercise psychology
  • Cognitive psychology

We offer a range of support courses, research courses, and electives that cover a variety of related topics and areas.

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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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

Located in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation’s largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness. Our department’s facilities include 10 laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.

Our departmental research is supported by grants from national and state departments of education, National Institutes for Health, National Science Foundation, and other organizations.

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