The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology is designed to prepare its graduates for careers in teaching or research-based academia, as well as industry-related research positions. The program is mentor-based, and it is generally expected that students gain ample experience in both research and teaching while at UNCG.

Students learn the impact of exercise at the whole body, system, and cellular level. Students apply this knowledge to work with healthy and clinical populations in the community using state-of-the-art equipment, novel, cutting-edge procedures, and advanced data analytics.

The Student Experience

  • We tailor opportunities for students based on their goals, interests, and passion.
  • Each student progresses through their degree based on his/her individual plan of study.
    • A plan of study must be approved by four (Ph.D.) committee members chosen by the student and their advisor.
    • The Ph.D. plan of study generally includes specialized physiology courses (i.e., cardiovascular, endocrine, pathophysiology) and additional elective courses related to nutrition, biochemistry, neurophysiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students are encouraged to take professional development courses such as grant writing. In addition, students may elect to take a statistical minor.
  • Although graduate students primarily work in one lab, they are encouraged to use any lab space/resources that can help address their specific research questions.
    • Kinesiology’s labs include over 4000 square feet of research space and include state of the art instrumentation.


Most alumni work in academic positions (faculty or post-doctoral fellowships) upon graduation. However, several alumni also work in research and innovation-related industry jobs.

Apply to Program

Please follow these steps when submitting an application For more general questions, make sure you check out KIN’s Frequently Asked Questions.  If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact the department directly at [email protected].

Graduate School Requirements

1. Online Application to The Graduate School

Login to The Graduate School’s Online Application.

2. All official transcripts

Send to the Graduate School directly. One official transcript is needed from all colleges and universities previously attended. If credit from one institution has been transferred to another and is listed on the receiving institution’s transcript, a transcript from the original institution is not required.

If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and will not graduate prior to an admission deadline, transcripts should be provided that reflect courses in progress. It will speed up the processing of your application greatly if you also upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) issued by your institution(s) registrar’s office that includes the official seal as part of your online application (student advising transcripts are not accepted).

Please remember that you must still have your official transcript(s) sent to The Graduate School even if you supply official copies.

3. English Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency requirement must be fulfilled for all non-native English speaking applicants regardless of citizenship. It can be waived if the student has earned a US degree or has an acceptable score on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. It can also be fulfilled by completing Level 5 of our Interlink program. Please see more information on requirements for international applicants.

4. Three Recommendations

All applicants must submit a minimum and maximum of three recommendations. In most cases the department would prefer at least two of the recommendations to be from faculty members who can address your academic capability. All recommendations are to be uploaded through The Graduate School’s online application system.

Departmental Notes

5. Graduate Assistantships

All qualifying applicants are considered for assistantships. You do not need to apply for an assistantship.  If you are interested in an assistantship please indicate this on your application by checking the appropriate box.   NOTE: Due to the way certain programs are structured, potential students applying to the Ed.D., M.S.A.T., Fully online M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, or M.S. in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology are typically not considered for assistantships.

6. Application Materials

  • Ed.D. — Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration.  However, applications submitted through April 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows.  The Ed.D. program accepts students for Fall admission only.
  • M.S.A.T. — Complete applications must be submitted by January 15.  The M.S.A.T. program accepts students for Summer admission only.
  • M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D. — Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration for admission and funding. Applications submitted through July 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows. Spring admission is possible but unlikely and we have no assistantship funds for spring applicants.
IMPORTANT: For Non-U.S. Academic Transcripts

International applicants are required to have their credentials formally evaluated. More information about this requirement, including recognized services for evaluation, can be found on the Graduate School’s international applicant page.

(Feature-MARC U-STAR) Applied Sports Psychology graduate student Alexis Rice with mentor Dr. Erin Reifsteck in the Kaplan Center for Wellness.

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Plan of Study

  • Each of our graduate students create a custom plan of study best suited to their goals.
  • The Ph.D. plan of study generally includes cardiovascular, muscular, and endocrine exercise physiology courses, four statistics courses, courses in protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism, and electives.
DeAnne Brooks

Dr. DeAnne Brooks
[email protected]

Graduate Program Director