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Undertake in-depth studies and original research in injury prevention, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation through this PhD program in kinesiology with a specialization in athletic training.

You will work with esteemed faculty in our updated classrooms and labs to complete your dissertation and prepare for research-intensive careers in university, government, or private sector settings.

This program is for students who have:

  • Completed a master's degree in athletic training or a related area
  • Earned the athletic training certification or a related certification
  • Met requirements for licensure in Georgia

Program Highlights

  1. Three- to four-year program for those who have completed a master's degree
  2. Kinesiology doctoral program ranked in top 10 by the National Academy of Kinesiology
  3. Access to well-equipped research laboratories
  4. Limited number of assistantships available on a competitive basis

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Faculty and Curriculum

Through this specialization, you will undertake advanced scholarly study and research into athletic training. To earn your degree, you must demonstrate proficiency in research, breadth and soundness of scholarship, and thorough knowledge in your field to your major professor and advisory committee.

Through 30 hours of coursework, research, and a dissertation, you'll build in-depth knowledge in your area of specialization as well as proficiency in designing and conducting research.

You'll also engage in active research throughout the course of the program in our well-equipped athletic training lab, biomechanics lab, and sport-related concussion lab.

You will work with a three-person advisory committee to design a 30-hour course of study based on your background, interests, and career goals. All students, however, must complete the following:

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

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

Common coursework topics include:

  • Advanced statistics
  • Neurological aspects of sport injuries
  • Performance-enhancing drugs in sports
  • Emergency care
  • Exercise physiology and epidemiology
  • Measurement and surveillance of physical activity
  • Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular control

You will study with faculty who have expertise in a wide range of exercise science subject areas. Three faculty members—Julianne Schmidt, Rob Lynall, and Bud Cooper—serve as the program's primary student advisors.

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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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

You will gain hands-on experience in our well-equipped athletic training laboratory, as well as our many other research labs, including biomechanics labs and sport-related concussion labs.

Graduate students can also gain experience working in an accredited undergraduate athletic training program.

  • Michigan
  • Ohio

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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