Exercise Sciences
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Contact Information: 
106 SFH
Program Requirements: 

This program prepares students for leadership at the highest level of their profession.  Most students become university or college faculty.  Students are prepared in the scientific bases of exercise science, well acquainted with the scientific literature, able to teach college courses, and able to do independent research.  

Requirements for Degree

  • 60 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 36 credit hours residence requirement beyond master's degree. (Note: A student who has not completed a master's thesis is required to complete a publishable, first-author research manuscript before beginning work on a dissertation {these hours are in addition to the 4-hour ExSc 797R requirement for the 60-hour program})
  • Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation required.
  • Minimum of 60 hours beyond bachelor's degree in addition to all undergraduate prerequisites.  No 100-through 400-level classes apply.  All doctoral students are expected to be engaged in a continual program of research during their studies, either original or collaborative, and to present at a regional, national, or international conference or submit a manuscript to a refereed journal.  This is in addition to the thesis (or first-author manuscript described above in lieu of a thesis) and dissertation.
  • PhD students are also encouraged to gain teaching experience by teaching or team-teaching appropriate courses in the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Exercise sciences skill requirement - 7 credit hours: STAT 512, Statistical Methods for Research 2 (3.0); ExSc 797R, Individual Research and Study in ExSc (4.0); Exercise Sciences Required Seminars - 5 credit hours: ExSc 693R, Readings Seminar (2); ExSc 751, Doctoral Seminar: Prof & Scholarly Writing (1.0); ExSc 753, Doctoral Seminar: Res & Grantsmanship (1.0)
  • Enroll in enough credit hours to complete your 60-hour program that add depth and breadth to your program of study from one or more of the primary curriculum and supporting areas or any additional grad classes approved by your dissertation committee and graduate coordinator.
  • Primary curriculum:  EXSC 666 Exercise Physiology (3); EXSC 667 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Methods (2); EXSC 766 Advanced Exercise Physiology: Cardiopulmonary (3); EXSC 769 Advanced Exercise Physiology: Skeletal Muscle (3); EXSC 640 Physical Activity and Health (3); EXSC 661 Advanced Worksite Wellness (3); EXSC 669 Exercise, Testing, and Prescription (2); EXSC 671 Advanced Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention (3); EXSC 673 Advanced Obesity and Weight Management (3); EXSC 501 Pathophysiology for AT (3); EXSC 668 Orthopaedic Anatomy (4); EXSC 625R Adv Topics in P M & Rehab (20) – Clinical & Educational Admin (TC 011); Electrotherapy, US, & Diathermy (TC 013); Functional Testing & Exercise (TC 014); Joint Mobilization & Manual Therapy (TC 015); Neural Basis of Rehab (TC 016); Diagnostic Testing (TC 020); Mechanical Spinal Impairment & Mobilization (TC 023)
  • Supporting Areas:  EXSC 662 Kinematics (2); EXSC 663 Neuromechanical Signal Collection and Processing (2); EXSC 664 Biomechanical Modeling (3); EXSC 665 Computer Programming for Kinesiology (3); PDBio 561 Physiology of Drug Mechanisms (3); PDBio 562 Reproductive Physiology (3); PDBio 565 Endocrinology (3); PDBio 601 Cellular & Molecular Physiology (3); PDBio 664 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (2); Chem 581 Advanced Biochemical Methodology 1 (3); Chem 583 Advanced Biochemical Methodology 2 (3); Chem 584 Advanced Biochemistry Methods 1 (2); HLTH 602 Principles of Epidemiology (3); HLTH 604 Principles of Biostatistics (3); HLTH 608 Determinants of Health Behavior (3); HLTH 612 Program Planning and Evaluation (3); HLTH 618 Survey and Research Methods (3); HLTH 630 Small-Group Health Promotion Interventions (3); NDFS 601 Advanced Human Nutrition 1 (3); NDFS 602 Advanced Human Nutrition 2 (3); NDFS 631R Selected Topics in FSN (0.5–3); NDFS 632 Diet & Cancer (2).
  • Dissertation - 18 credit hours: ExSc 799R, Doctoral Dissertation (18.0).
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE (minimum 300 and 4.0 on the analytic writing portion)

TOEFL/IELTS if English is not first language

Additional Requirements

  • Letter of intent
  • Baccalaureate or Master's degree in Exercise Sciences or related field with competence equivalent to several different classes (contact department for details)
  • Thesis or first-author publishable research manuscript
  • Foundational science and skill competencies relating to different classes (contact department for details)
  • GPA of 3.5 for last 60 semester hours of upper-level academic work
  • Resume
Program Outcomes: 

Please contact the individual department for outcome information.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 4
International 2
Female 1
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 4
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 307.0
GRE Quantitative Score 155.0
GRE Quantitative Percentile 60.8
GRE Verbal Score 152.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 52.4
GRE Analytical Score 3.8
GRE Analytical Percentile 49.4
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.9
Graduated Per Year 2.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 5.0
Admitted Per Year 2.0
Percent Admitted 40.00
Average GPA 3.36