Exercise Sciences
PhD
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Contact Information: 
106 SFH
801-422-2670
maggie_shibla@byu.edu
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.  Three areas of specialization are available.

Requirements for Degree.

  • 60 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 36 credit hours residence requirement beyond master's degree.
  • 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 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 691, Seminar (1.0); ExSc 693R, Readings Seminar (2); ExSc 751, Doctoral Seminar: Prof & Scholarly Writing (1.0); ExSc 753, Doctoral Seminar: Res & Grantsmanship (1.0)
  • Dissertation - 18 credit hours: ExSc 799R, Doctoral Dissertation (18.0)

Exercise Physiology

  • Required courses (11 Hours): ExSc 666, 667, 669, 766, 769
  • Supporting areas: minimum 19 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: exercise sciences, physiology and developmental biology, chemistry and biochemistry and microbiology and molecular biology, health/wellness, and nutrition

Health Promotion

  • Required: (11 Hours from the following): ExSc 640, 669, 671, 673.
  • Supporting areas: minimum 19 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: exercise sciences, physiology and developmental biology; chemistry and biochemistry and microbiology and molecular biology, health/wellness, and nutrition 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Required courses (18 Hours): ExSc 560, 625R (12 hours), 668.
  • Supporting areas: minimum 12 hours of graduate credit, plus prerequisites, must be included in supporting areas approved by your dissertation committee. Suggested areas include: exercise sciences, physiology and developmental biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and microbiology and molecular biology, health/wellness and nutrition

For All Specializations

  • No more than 9 hours of supporting area course work may be transferred from another university. One member of each student’s committee must be from outside the college.
  • PhD students must register for at least two consecutive 6-hour semesters on the BYU Provo campus.
  • Dissertation.
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive examination (written and oral); (B) oral defense of dissertation.
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 depending on area of specialization (contact department for details)
  • Thesis or publishable research manuscript
  • Foundational science and skill competencies relating to different classes depending on area of specialization (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 10
International 2
Female 1
LDS 8
Minority 0
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 5.2
Admitted Per Year 1.8
Percent Admitted 34.62
Average GPA 3.46