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Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Human Movement Science Concentration


The Department of Human Movement Sciences (HMS) is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. We advocate a healthy lifestyle that includes human movement as an essential component of the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of all humans across the life span. We seek to expand our understanding of the effects of health and human movement on the quality of human life.

The goal of our doctoral program is to prepare professionals with research knowledge, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities required to be successful leaders, scholars, and educators.  The program provides a solid theoretical foundation, advanced methodological training, one-on-one mentorship, and opportunities to teach undergraduate courses.  

We offer a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Human Movement Sciences.  There are two emphasis areas within the HMS concentration.  These include:

  • Applied Kinesiology - this area focuses on Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics and prepares graduates for positions as post-doctoral research fellows, university faculty, and/or governmental research officials.
  • Sport and Recreation Management - this area focuses on issues related to the administration of sport and recreation organizations.  Graduates are prepared for careers as faculty or administrators in higher education, private organizations, public agencies, and/or other research-based institutions.

A minimum of 48 credit hours are necessary to complete the coursework for the doctoral program in addition to a minimum of 12 dissertation credits.  Information about specific programs of study can be found on the Curriculum page.


Dr. Lynn Ridinger
Graduate Program Director
Human Movement Sciences Department
Phone # 757-683-4353