Ph.D. in Exercise Science

Train to be a leader in the field of exercise science

IUPUI's Ph.D. in exercise science is designed to prepare doctoral research scholars to create and disseminate knowledge.  

The program will provide training through a rigorous, mentor-based interdisciplinary curriculum with pedagogical and research experiences, and conduct applied and translational science research focusing on exercise science for the purposes of enhancing and prolonging quality of life.

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36%increase in job opportunities thru 2022 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$90,840The median annual salary for postsecondary health specialties teachers as of May 2015

Indianapolis is your educational playground

IUPUI offers a unique and impactful environment in which to obtain your Ph.D. in Exercise Science. As a student, you would be within walking distance of four of Indiana’s leading hospitals, have access to over 400 community and clinical partnerships, and would benefit from existing research collaborations of Kinesiology faculty with those in the IU School of Medicine, the nation’s largest medical school.

  • Mechanical Analysis of Human Performance
  • Physiological Basis of Human Performance
  • Neuromuscular Control of Human Movement
  • Functional-Oriented Human Gross Anatomy
  • Physiology I and Physiology II or Human Physiology

  • Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology and Recreation
  • Interpretation of Data in Health, Kinesiology and Recreation or Biostatistics in Public Health II
  • Experimental Analysis and Design
  • Experimental Laboratory Techniques

  • Movement Biomechanics
  • Motor Control
  • Exercise Physiology

  • Individualized minors
  • Biostatistics
  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Clinical Research
  • Computer Science
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Rehabilitation Sciences

Cost and finances

The value of a Ph.D in Exercise Science at IUPUI is unmatched in Indiana.  

  • Indiana Resident:  $412.00 per credit hour
  • Non-resident:  $618.00 per credit hour

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Financial aid and Assistantships

One hundred percent of our Ph.D. students, who are enrolled full-time, will receive financial support in the form of tuition, health insurance, and an assistantship stipend. To be eligible, you will be required to work 20 hours per week as a teaching or research assistant.