Exercise Physiology Admission Requirements

Students applying for either the doctoral (Ph.D.) or the master's degree program (M.S. or M.Ed.) in Exercise Physiology are expected to hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students should have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or a related field (e.g. biology, physiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, etc.). Students applying to the Ph.D. degree program are expected to hold a master's degree in kinesiology or a related field although exceptional students can be admitted straight into the Ph.D. program.

All students applying for graduate study are expected to demonstrate competency in each of the following three areas (prerequisite courses):

  1. Human Anatomy (e.g., KIN 424K)
  2. Exercise Physiology (e.g., KIN 425K)
  3. Vertebrate or Human Physiology (e.g., BIO 365S)

Meeting the Requirements

Competency is typically demonstrated by completion of specific undergraduate courses taken in kinesiology or other disciplines.  Students may be admitted to the graduate program without these core courses, provided that they fulfill these requirements either prior to starting their degree for master’s students or prior to advancement to candidacy for doctoral students.

Students can meet these competencies by taking the necessary course(s) at the University of Texas, as noted above.  Students taking any of these courses at the University of Texas will also need to fulfill any prerequisites for these courses. Undergraduate core competencies are in addition to the required courses in the student’s graduate program.

It is recommended that any deficiencies be completed prior to entering the program.  It is typically possible to complete the core competencies during the summer prior to beginning the program. All courses must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill the competency area requirement. 

After entering the program, the student should download and submit the prerequisite form to the faculty advisor for approval before it is submitted to the graduate program coordinator for filing.  

Additional Ph.D. Requirements

Students applying to the Ph.D. degree program are expected to also have the following:

  1. Demonstrated capability of independent research. Examples include completing a thesis or presenting a poster at a scientific conference or publishing a research article.
  2. Approval of a faculty advisor willing to supervise the student's doctoral program. The laboratory in which student's research project is conducted provides the setting for student's most crucial learning experiences.  Applicants without a faculty member willing to supervise them will not be admitted into the program.  Prior to applying to the program, students should contact the professor that they are interested in working with.