Doctoral (PhD) Program in Kinesiology

The doctoral program at Maryland prepares the next generation of researchers, scholars, teachers and professional leaders in the broad field of Kinesiology.This is done not only through formal coursework, but also through active engagement in research, in departmental activities, in current research seminars (KNES 609) and in professional meetings at the state, regional, national and international level.

The graduates of our program are expected to have an understanding of Kinesiology as a discipline and are expected to develop teaching and presentation skills appropriate to the specialization. We expect that all graduates will be "good citizens" and act effectively in any professional group. With respect to the Graduate Program itself, it is the student's responsibility to remain current with regard to requirements and to complete all required paperwork/forms in a timely manner (forms available here).

The Department of Kinesiology’s focus on the interdisciplinary study of physical activity contributes to the broader mission of the School of Public Health by furthering the understanding of the relationship between physical activity and both individual & societal health practices, experiences, and outcomes.

Doctoral Program Degree Competencies

  1. Students will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Kinesiology, and be able to analyze their own research and locate it in relation to the broader field of kinesiology, and the aims and objectives of the School of Public Health.
  2. Students will be expected to identify, apply, and critique the range of empirical foci, concepts and theories, and research methodologies, appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.
  3. Students will be expected to originate, develop, and complete individually generated, high quality, and prescient scholarly research appropriate to their specialized area of kinesiological inquiry.
  4. Students will have demonstrated an ability to disseminate their scholarship (through presentation, publication, or other means) to appropriate scholarly constituencies.

Admission Application for PhD in Kinesiology:

Regardless of academic preparation, a qualified faculty member in the proposed Area of Study must be willing to sponsor and mentor the student. Applicants should be able to identify the graduate faculty member with whom they would prefer to study. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and make appointments to interview with faculty in the area of specialization.

Students may qualify for admission with a 3.5 GPA, strong GREs [50th percentile as minimums in the Verbal and Quantitative sections (approximately 150 in each section); 4.0 minimum in Analytical Writing], and a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and research potential. Applicants will submit a focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as previous research experiences.  Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended degree specialization is expected. Graduate faculty sponsorship is also necessary for admission; each faculty member has only a limited number of openings and only the most highly qualified applicants are selected.

How to Apply:
The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically and include a non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Application Deadline:

Fall International: January 15
Fall Domestic: January 15

Spring International: October 1
Spring Domestic: October 1