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Download the Kinesiology Doctoral Handbook for details of the program, requirements, and specialization areas.


Texas Woman’s University is a comprehensive public university, primarily for women.  A teaching and research institution, the University emphasis the liberal arts and specialized or professional studies.  TWU is accredited by the Commission in Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Department of Kinesiology is one of six departments in the College of Health Sciences.  The mission of the College of Health Sciences is as follows:

The mission of the College of Health Sciences is to promote health and well-being.  To achieve this mission, the College, acting upon the highest professional standards:

  • Offers outstanding transdisciplinary, professional training programs
  • Provides quality services that benefit the University, the community and the profession
  • Promotes collaboration among faculty, students, and professionals within the community
  • Promotes scholarly activities
  • Models and fosters life-long learning, critical thinking, the acquisition of leadership skills, and the acceptance of social and ethical responsibility

The chair of the department and faculty members designated to serve as graduate faculty teach and advise graduate students.  Faculty are dedicated to working closely with students in advising, teaching, and research roles.

Pioneer Hall, the home of Kinesiology contains the Kitty Magee Arena, an indoor swimming pool, classrooms, aerobic studies, indoor track, racquetball courts, weight room, training room, fully integrated computer classrooms and labs, faculty offices and research and teaching laboratories.  The major laboratories are the biomechanics laboratory, exercise physiology laboratory, and the pedagogy/motor behavior laboratory.  These research and teaching laboratories are state-of-the-art facilities in which graduate students experience research type activities.

For more information about graduate studies visit the website of the Graduate School. An orientation for new graduate students can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Admission Policy

1. Hold an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a U. S. college or university accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.

2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.5 GPA for all prior graduate work.  The Department of Kinesiology may choose to consider files of applicants with lower GPAs.

3. The applicant will submit three satisfactory letters of recommendation that may include one from the last employer if the student has had work experience and others from the last school attended.

4. The applicant will present at least 6 hours of course work in Kinesiology.  Each specialization will determine the appropriateness of additional requirements for the students.

5. The applicant will submit a vita (or resume) with special emphasis on training and work experience in physical education or related areas.

6. The applicant will submit a statement of intent that briefly describes his/her background, personal growth and development, future goals, and reasons for applying to the Department of Kinesiology doctoral program.

7. The applicant will specify an area of specialization (Adapted Physical Education, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, or Sports Management).

8. The applicant will have a formal interview with the Doctoral Admission Committee (or its designated representatives).

9. Students who have not written a master’s thesis will complete an original research project with an individual faculty member during the first year in the doctoral program.  A total of 3 credit hours may be earned.

10. Any applicant may submit additional materials that they deem appropriate to his/her application.

11. The appropriate Doctoral Admissions Committee will review the total application and forward their decision to the Graduate Coordinator.

All written materials (application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, vita, statement of intent, designation of an area of specialization, and any other material deemed important by the applicant) need to be submitted according to the following deadlines:

Starting Semester  US Citizens  International Students 
Fall July 1 see international education website
Spring November 1  see international education website
Summer April 1

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships and scholarships are available for qualified students.  Both assistantships and scholarships are awarded for the academic year (fall and spring) and decisions are made the preceding spring, some as early as March 1.  For those students who desire an assistantship, an application for an assistantship, along with the accompanying "Activity Preference" form must be submitted to the graduate coordinator prior to May 15.  Students must be admitted to the graduate program before any type of assistantship or other financial aid can be awarded.

The application, transcripts, and application fees are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.  The remaining written materials to be presented by the doctoral degree-seeking individuals are to be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Kinesiology.

Students who have applied for the non-degree seeking admission may not apply more than 12 semester credit hours toward a degree.  If a student has the status of non-degree seeking and wishes to continue and pursue a degree it is advised that the student complete the admission process before completing 12 semester credit hours.  Under no circumstances will semester credit hours taken after twelve (12) be counted toward the doctoral degree.

At least fifty percent of the work counted toward a doctoral degree program must be composed of courses having residence status at Texas Woman’s University.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, with emphasis available in Adapted Physical Education, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Sports Administration.  The Ph.D. requires a minimum total of 96 hours including transfer credits from the master’s degree.  Requirements for all Kinesiology Ph.D. students include:

Core Courses (22 hours)

  • KINS 5033 Applied Statistical Principles or equivalent
  • KINS 6043 Statistical Inference or equivalent
  • KINS 6143 Research Designs in Kinesiology or a Research Design course approved by the student’s advisory committee
  • KINS 6111 Seminar in Kinesiology (taken 3 times for a total of 3 credit hours)
  • KINS 6811 Independent Study – minimum of 4 hours taken during dissertation
  • KINS 6983 & 6993 Dissertation


A minimum of 21 hours in one of the available specializations (see the appendix for degree requirements for each specialization).

Related Studies or Minor (15-24 hours)

Nine of these hours must be taken outside the Department of Kinesiology and outside the area of specialization.

Research Tools

The students in communication with their advisory committee will determine the appropriate research tools.  Credits for research tools will count towards the program of study.  Doctoral studies require skills and techniques (tools) that vary with the specific needs of the discipline.  The degree-granting components determine the suitability of specific research tools for their programs.  Such tools comprise coursework equivalent to a minimum of 6 credit hours for each tool for a total of 12 credit hours.  Equivalent competencies may, if acceptable to the component, be demonstrated by examination.  A selection of the following courses is recommended:

  • CSCI 5613 Computers in Education
  • CSCI 5653 Technology Issues
  • CSCI 5703 Computer Science I                                   
  • CSCI 5713 Computer Science II                                  
  • CSCI 5793 Statistical Packages I                                
  • CSCI 5893 Statistical Packages II                                
  • CSCI 5843 Microcomputer Applications                      
  • MATH 5573 Statistical Methods I                                  
  • MATH 5583 Statistical Methods II                                
  • KINS 5033 Applied Stat Principles                  
  • KINS 5043 Stat Inference
  • KINS 6143 Research Designs in Kinesiology
  • Courses in Nonlinear and Chaos Type Analyses
  • PSY 6203 Multivariate Statistics
  • PSY 6204 Advanced Research Methods
  • PSY 6213 Non-Parametric Statistics
  • SOCI 5773 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 5363 Survey Research
  • SOCI 6203 Seminar on Research Methods
  • LS 5563 Advanced Online Searching
  • LS 5573 The Internet
  • Grant Writing Course
  • 2 Semesters of Language/Sign Language

Research & Teaching Requirement

The faculty of the department of Kinesiology are of the opinion that doctoral students should gain proficiency in both teaching and research during their doctoral program.  In order to achieve those proficiencies, the following will be required of all doctoral students before they are allowed to take their comprehensive exams:

  • A minimum of 2 presentations at a local, state, regional, national or international conference
  • Involvement in a minimum of 2 research projects at TWU
  • Submission of at least one manuscript for publication as first or co-author
  • Mentoring on teaching by a faculty member culminating in the teaching of at least one section of an upper division undergraduate class

Evidence of achieving these objectives must be provided in the student’s portfolio which must be submitted to the advisory committee prior to taking comprehensive exams.

Time Limit for Degree

All requirements toward the degree, beyond the master’s degree or its equivalent, must be completed within a period of 10 consecutive calendar years from the date doctoral credit is first earned.  In addition, Ph.D. students pay out-of-state tuition for all credit hours beyond 99 hours.  Courses for which the student received PR, WR, or I do count towards the total of 99.  Counting starts from the day the student is classified as a doctoral student.

Credit by Transfer

There is no automatic transfer of graduate credit, but the student’s advisory committee has the prerogative to recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School the acceptance of transferable credits.

Only work completed at accredited institutions may be considered for transfer.  A student may apply for consideration of transfer of credits after satisfactorily completing a minimum of nine hours of graduate credit at Texas Woman’s University and upon filing the degree plan.  The rule governing the time limit for doctoral work also applies to transferable credits. 

Only graduate courses in which a grade of B or better has been earned are acceptable for transfer.  No credit toward a graduate degree may be obtained by correspondence; and no credit toward a graduate degree may be obtained by extension work from another institution.

Advisory Committee

When a student is accepted into the Department of Kinesiology, the graduate coordinator (or another designated faculty member) will initially act as an academic advisor.  The graduate coordinator will be responsible for the student’s program until a permanent advisor is selected.

During the first or second semester, the student in correspondence with the graduate coordinator will select an advisor of her/his choice and develop a degree plan with the advisor.  Only graduate faculty members whose major appointment (half time or more) is in the Department of Kinesiology qualify to serve as advisors.  Non-tenure track faculty who are associate graduate faculty may serve as members on advisory and research committees.  The degree plan will be reviewed by the advisory committee which shall consist of at least 3 faculty members for those pursuing the doctorate degree.  When the advisor and student agree on which faculty should make up the advisory committee, the student then formally asks each faculty member if he/she will be willing to serve.  After all members have agreed to serve, the student will complete the Request for Appointment of Graduate Committee form. Have each participating faculty member initial her/his name, and submit the completed form to the Graduate Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. This committee shall have authority to review the student’s course work and to evaluate it through written and/or oral examinations with respect to the student’s program. The student’s advisor chairs the advisory committee and administers this authority. When a student presents a minor/related area, a faculty member from the minor/related area department must approve the proposed program through a signature on the degree plan.

It is the student’s responsibility to work with the advisor to develop the degree plan, which must be forwarded through the department’s chairperson to the Dean of the Graduate School before completion of 18 semester hours for the doctoral degree.  Prior to the completion of 2 semesters at TWU, each doctoral student will have started their personal portfolio.

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