Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The mission of the PhD in Kinesiology is to train professional leaders, educators, and researchers to impact and transform societal health and quality of life across the lifespan in the global community. Students will learn about the foundations of research methods and kinesiology-based science courses, and translational research experiences to address health problems such as injury prevention and community well-being. The program will expose students to an evidence-based approach to address kinesiology health problems and provide students with the knowledge on the techniques and approaches to address such issues. Graduates will be trained to work in an evidence-based research environment to address the needs for research in the field and will be trained to work in settings such as academia, post-doctoral fellowships, national institute of health, and private industry. Graduates of the proposed kinesiology degree program will have acquired the necessary methods, knowledge, techniques, and critical-thinking skills to be the next generation of scientific leaders in the field of kinesiology.

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study. See Graduate Admissions Policies

Admission is highly-selective and applicants must fulfill all admissions requirements: earned bachelor’s and master’s (or equivalent) degrees from accredited institutions, demonstrative high intellectual capability and leadership potential, personal goals statement, three letters of recommendation and GRE general test scores. Coursework in statistics, the behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences are recommended. 

To apply, see Graduate Admissions.

Policies

For policies governing all doctoral degrees, see AP.6.10 Requirements for Doctoral Degrees.

Reduction of Credit

Students must have a master’s degree before being admitted to the PhD. As such, admitted students may receive a reduction of up to 15 credits.

Banner Code: E1-PHD-KNES

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 72

Research Methods Requirements 

EDRS 810Problems and Methods in Education Research3
EDRS 811Quantitative Methods in Educational Research3
EDRS 812Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
EDRS 821Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods3
EDRS 831Structural Equation Modeling3
Total Credits15

Kinesiology Core Requirements 

EFHP 810Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise3
EFHP 811Motor Learning and Control3
EFHP 813Musculoskeletal Biomechanics in Human Movement3
EFHP 815Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation3
EFHP 820Careers in the Academy Seminar3
EFHP 825Data Analytics in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion3
EFHP 840Doctoral Seminar in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion3
EFHP 860Critical Perspectives in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion3
EFHP 880Grant Writing3
Total Credits27

Experiential Learning

KINE 890Research Experience I6
KINE 891Research Experience II3
KINE 897Independent Study6
Select an additional 3 credits with advisor approval3
Total Credits18

Dissertation Proposal and Research 

Advancement to Candidacy

Upon successful completion of all coursework and the comprehensive portfolio assessment, students are advanced to candidacy and enroll in KINE 998.

Dissertation

Once enrolled in KINE 998, students must maintain continuous registration in at least 1 credit; once enrolled in KINE 999, students must follow the university continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Registration.

Minimum 12 credits of12
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal 1
Doctoral Dissertation Research 2
Total Credits12