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2018-2019 General Catalog 
2018-2019 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

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The school-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.

Seventy-five credit hours at the graduate level must be earned including a maximum of 12 credit hours for the dissertation. The curricular requirements include:

  • At least 27 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent study
  • A minimum core requirement of 12 credit hours in research design, methodology, and analysis (KIN 7900 , EXST 7003 , EXST 7013  or equivalents, and one research course specific to the area of specialization).
  • A primary area consisting of a minimum of 15 credit hours in a specified field of study


15 hours selected from:


Each PhD student must complete a milestone examination within two years of admission to the School of Kinesiology. This examination serves as the student’s qualifying exam for continuing in the PhD program. The exam consists of carrying out a research project that must be approved by the student’s school-level academic course plan committee. At or near the end of the completion of a PhD student’s required course work, the student should schedule the general examination. The general examination consists of two parts: one written, the other oral. The written portion consists of writing a comprehensive review paper in which the student must demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in their chosen specialization, the ability to synthesize and critically evaluate current literature, and the ability to formulate research questions and/or hypotheses. The oral portion is typically a defense of the review paper, although the oral examination need not be limited to topics related to the paper. Upon successful completion of the general examination, the PhD candidate moves forward with the dissertation to demonstrate the ability to design and conduct independent and original research. The final examination will be an oral examination primarily concerned with the dissertation, although the committee may opt to extend the subject matter.

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