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Undertake in-depth studies and original research into how the body responds to human movement and study ways to encourage habitual exercise and physical activity across the lifespan with a PhD in Kinesiology specialization in exercise physiology.

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

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. Engage in research throughout the course of the program

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Faculty and Curriculum

Through this specialization, you will undertake advanced scholarly study and research into exercise physiology.

Through a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, plus research and a dissertation, 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 well-equipped research laboratories.

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

  • Four hours of a research seminar, including a one-hour seminar for new doctoral students
  • 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

Coursework commonly includes:

  • Advanced exercise psychology
  • Grant writing
  • Research design
  • Statistical analysis

At the culmination of the program, you will demonstrate proficiency in research, scholarship, and knowledge in your field to your major professor and advisory committee through the successful completion of a dissertation.

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

  • Janet Buckworth
  • Rod Dishman
  • Patrick O'Connor
  • Phil Tomporowski

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 take classes in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness.

Gain hands-on experience in our many well-equipped research laboratories, primarily the exercise psychology and cognition and skill acquisition labs. Pursue collaboration or interdisciplinary research through other labs including metabolism and body composition, athletic training, exercise vascular biology, and muscle biology.

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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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