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Graduate Bulletin

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

Concentration: Somatic Sciences


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: October 1                                 [August 1 for international applicants]

Applications are reviewed as they are received throughout the year. Therefore, complete applications received after the due dates will be considered if space is available. Candidates interested in an assistantship are especially encouraged to submit their applications by the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty or people in industry who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or research aptitude.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be clearly written and well thought out. It should be approximately 1-2 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores of 500 each are preferred on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.  Occasionally, students with lower totals are accepted if undergraduate work and/or other life experiences suggest a high degree of probability of success in the graduate program.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based.  Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.  Those having taken the paper-based or computer-based test have the additional option of testing out of the English course by taking and passing the SPEAK test at Temple.


An interview is scheduled at a mutually convenient time between the faculty interviewer(s) and the applicant. With rare exceptions, an onsite interview is required for the Ph.D. program.


A resume is required.

Writing Sample:

A writing sample is required.  The topic is flexible, but must be relevant to Kinesiology.

Advanced Standing:

Students who enter the doctoral program with the master's degree may receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing toward the Ph.D. degree. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 30.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 38

Required Courses:

KIN 901: Research Methods

KIN 910: Mentored Research I

KIN 911: Mentored Research II

Two statistics courses (Intermediate or advanced level)

Additional required courses vary by area of concentration.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examinations:

The preliminary examination basically requires completion of research that results in a published article in a refereed journal, with the student as first author.  Specific details are available from the department.


The dissertation represents a research study that provides a substantive contribution to the literature. As such, it is a rigorous examination of a research problem that requires extensive investigation, using quantitative and/or qualitative methodology. The dissertation proposal encompasses the first part of the dissertation: introduction, review of literature, and methodology. It is a substantive document that spells out clearly the rationale for the research, reviews the literature, and precisely identifies the methodology to be used in answering the research problem. The proposal is reviewed and approved by the Dissertation Advising Committee (DAC), which is a committee composed of three graduate faculty members, some of whom may be from outside the department. The original three-person DAC, plus two additional readers, one of whom must be from outside the department, form the Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC). The defense is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and the members of the DEC. Notice is provided to the College of Health Professions, which completes the necessary paperwork to announce the defense date, time, and location. The DEC reviews and discusses the defense. Overall evaluation of pass/fail with recommendations for improvements of the dissertation result.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Department Contacts:


Dr. Michael Sachs

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Michael Sachs

Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Michael Sachs


Dr. Michael Sitler


About the Program

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to advance comprehensive inquiry into, and understanding of, human movement in all of its forms and implications. The program primarily trains academicians but also clinicians/practitioners in some areas. The program offers an opportunity to engage in coursework as well as research and applied work across a range of subdisciplines within the discipline of Kinesiology.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Classes are occasionally offered at Fort Washington.  Elective classes are also offered on the Center City, Ambler, and Health Sciences Center campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Kinesiology

103A Pearson Hall (048-00)
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Interdisciplinary Study:

Interdisciplinary study is available within the department as well as with other departments in the University.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



While rankings of individual programs and the department are not conducted in the profession, the programs at Temple University have excellent reputations. For example, the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine area is one of only three programs in the country with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level training as well as NATA-accredited undergraduate and graduate programs.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The program has two primary areas of concentration: Behavioral Sciences and Somatic Sciences. Students of Behavioral Science can focus on the Psychology of Human Movement (of which Exercise and Sport Psychology is the major area) or Curriculum and Instruction. Students of Somatic Science can focus on Athletic Training/Sports Medicine or Exercise Physiology. Work across the two areas of Behavioral and Somatic Sciences is also possible and encouraged.

Job Placement:

The majority of students find positions in academic institutions. Some students work in research and clinical settings. Training is primarily for academic and research positions at institutions of higher learning.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to 9 credit hours in the department provided they have the requisite knowledge to be successful in the classes.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantship duties include, but are not limited to, teaching activity courses in a variety of movement forms and sports; teaching laboratory sections of undergraduate courses such as Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise, and Human Anatomy and Physiology; supervising student teachers; serving as a research assistant in the Biokinetic Research Laboratory; or serving as an administrative assistant to one of the department administrators.

Updated 3.2.06