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PhD in Kinesiology With Specialization in Movement Science

PhD in Kinesiology With Specialization in Movement Science

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The Movement Science Program at The University of Texas offers a broad spectrum of scientific study germane tounderstanding the neural, mechanical, and developmental characteristics of human movement. The program is struc-tured such that students have the opportunity to design a course of study that is commensurate with their scientificand research interests. Students usually specialize in one of three areas of Movement Science: Biomechanics, MotorControl and Learning, or Developmental Science: Pediatrics and Aging. However, the opportunity exists for combiningtwo or all three of these areas into a more interdisciplinary movement science Ph.D. program.Prospective students are strongly encouraged to directly contact individual faculty members they may want to work with before applying.
Admissions Requirements
In addition to meeting the Graduate School and departmental requirements (see pg. 18), the applicant must submit aletter of application to the Movement Science faculty that includes a statement of career goals and research interests.Three letters of recommendation from former professors are required. Whenever possible, a personal interview isstrongly recommended.Additionally, students applying to the Ph.D. program must have demonstratedcapability of independent research by completing a thesis or publishing aresearch article.Final acceptance and continuation in the program are contingent upon spon-sorship by a faculty member in Movement Science who will serve as thestudent’s Academic Advisor. The admission of a student into the programand the selection of an advisor are by mutual agreement and are formalizedin the letter of acceptance.
Doctoral Degree Program Prerequisites
The prerequisites for doctoral study in Movement Science are a Master’s degree in Kinesiology or a related field (e.g.biology, physiology, biomedical engineering) from an accredited college or university and the completion of specificcourses in kinesiology or other disciplines covering the following areas:Human Anatomy (e.g. KIN 324k)1.Exercise Physiology (e.g. KIN 325k)2.Biomechanics (e.g. KIN 326k)3.Motor Control or Motor Learning (e.g. KIN 315 or KIN 336)4.Persons may be admitted to the Doctoral program without these prerequisite courses provided they fulfill theserequirements in their first year, either by advanced standing examination or by taking the necessary course(s) at TheUniversity of Texas, as noted above.Courses completed at another college or university may be used to satisfy part or all of the requirements under theprerequisites provided such courses were completed prior to beginning graduate study at The University of Texas atAustin. Such courses may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a graduate degree at the University. It is the policyof the Graduate Studies Committee that all courses taken to fulfill prerequisite requirements be taken on a letter gradebasis.
Ph.D. Program Requirements
Establishment of Program of Study
During their first year, each student and his/her academic advisor will develop, on the basis of the student’s researchinterests, an individualized Program of Study that outlines the coursework the student will take to complete theirdegree. This Program of Study will be presented for approval to the Graduate Studies Committee toward the end of 
Prospective students arestrongly encouraged todirectly contact individu-al faculty members theymay want to work withbefore applying.
the student’s first year, and will include:All courses required to prepare for taking the Comprehensive Exam, as described below.1.Extensive research experience, including a minimum of six hours of independent study, and 18 hours of disserta-2.tion (KIN 999R & KIN 999W).A minimum of nine hours in graduate-level statistics (including courses in experimental design, correlation and3.regression, and multivariate methods), or appropriate mathematics. *Students must enroll in the Movement Science Graduate Seminar (KIN 196 - see page 16) every Fall and Spring4.semester until they advance to candidacy (minimum 3 credit hours).Supporting work from outside the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education must include a minimum of 5.six hours in addition to the statistics requirement. ** Upon approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, courses from other institutions can be substituted to satisfyrequirements in these areas.
Comprehensive Examination
A comprehensive examination in the student’s area of specialization is given typically following completion of ap-proximately two years of post-master’s study at The University. In preparation for the comprehensive examination,students are required to demonstrate basic competency in one of the three fundamental focus areas listed below. Basiccompetency can be demonstrated by obtaining a grade of B or better in the appropriate graduate courses described.Students may have the option of testing out of some required courses, depending on their background and priorcoursework taken.The following courses are required in preparation for the comprehensive exam:
All Areas:
Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques (KIN 382) and Research Methods Topics 1: Proposal Writing(KIN 386).
At least three adviser-approved graduate level courses in Biomechanics and one additionaladvisor approved course in Movement Science outside of Biomechanics.
Motor Control and Learning:
Motor Control: Performance and Learning (KIN 395), Motor Control: Neu-romuscular Bases (KIN 395), at least one of: Neuromuscular Aspects of Fatigue and Training (KIN 395) or CentralQuestions in Biomechanics and Motor Control (KIN 395), and one additional advisor-approved graduate coursein Biomechanics.
Developmental Science: Pediatrics and Aging:
At least three advisor-approved graduate level coursesin Developmental Science and one additional advisor approved course in Movement Science outside of Develop-mental Science.
Advancement to Candidacy
Students are advanced to doctoral candidacy after completion of the following.The student has passed the comprehensive examination. This exam is typically given following completion of the1.second year of post-Master’s study at The University. The examination consists of both written and oral sections.The written section will include questions from the student’s area of concentration as defined by the area corerequirements. The faculty on the examining committee will be all faculty whose research or teaching lies withinthe area(s) being tested. The written sections of the examination must be successfully completed prior to theoral section. The oral section is scheduled approximately one week after the written section. If not completedsuccessfully, the written and oral examinations may be repeated only once.Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student can be advanced to doctoral candi-2.dacy. The student and the supervising professor must recommend to the Graduate Advisor the names of the fivefaculty members whom they would like to have appointed to the dissertation committee. The student shouldcontact the Graduate Coordinator for assistance in completing the necessary paper work for advancement tocandidacy. Only after the student has been advanced to candidacy and has the approval of the supervising profes-sor, will the student be permitted to register for dissertation hours.
Under the supervision of the Supervising Professor and the Dissertation Committee, the student will prepare a writ-ten dissertation proposal and make an oral presentation of it to the Dissertation Committee and other interested

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