Kinesiology - Doctor of Philosophy


The PhD in Kinesiology requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of formal coursework (beyond a masters degree) and an expected 24 credit hours of research and dissertation work. Thus, the minimum expected credit hour accumulation is 60 credit hours.

At least 12 credit hours must come from graduate courses in the department of Kinesiology and Dance, and the student must have at least one course in each of the foundational knowledge content areas (CA) in Kinesiology, including:

  1. relationships among physical activity, health, and quality of life
  2. scientific foundations for study of physical activity and human movement
  3. social, cultural and historical context of the study of physical activity
  4. the practice of physical activity.

At least 12 credit hours must be taken in research methodologies, at least 3 credits of which must be in experimental statistics, and at least 3 credits from a qualitative methods course(s). There are many options for these courses on the NMSU campus that will permit the student to meet this requirement.

The remaining 12 credit hours are taken at the direction of the student’s advisor and committee, and agreed upon at the time of the student’s qualifying exam (see below).


Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology must pass a qualifying examination that must be completed before accumulating more than 24 credit hours towards their degree, a Comprehensive Exam including written and oral elements that must be completed prior to beginning a final dissertation project, and a Final Exam that features the defense of their final dissertation study.


The candidate for the degree of Doctor in Philosophy in Kinesiology must complete a dissertation in a focused area of study. The student and his/her committee must agree upon the dissertation topic, and approval of the dissertation requires consent of the plurality of the student’s committee members. The student must complete a minimum of 18 dissertation credit hours.

Graduate courses currently offered in the department of Kinesiology & Dance

Prefix Title Credits
SP M 451Advanced Exercise Physiology 13
SP M 456Exercise for Special Populations 2, 33
SP M 458Physical Dimensions of Aging 23
SP M 460Principles of Strength and Conditioning 1,33
SP M 460 LPrinciples of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1
SP M 465Ethics and Legal Issues in Athletic Training3
SP M 498Advanced Athletic Training I1-3
SP M 504Psychology of Sport3
SP M 509Clinical Biomechanics 1,23
SP M 510Graduate Athletic Training Seminar I1-3
SP M 511Graduate Athletic Training I1-3
SP M 512Inferential Statistics in Sports and Excercise Science3
SP M 513Graduate Athletic Training Seminar II1-3
SP M 514Graduate Athletic Training Research I1-3
SP M 515Graduate Athletic Training II3
SP M 545Skill Acquistion and Performance 13
SP M 551Advanced Exercise Physiology 13
SP M 556Exercise for Special Populations 2, 33
SP M 558Physical Dimensions of Aging 23
SP M 560Principles of Strength and Conditioning 1, 33
SP M 597Project1-12
SP M 600Kinesiology Research1-3
SP M 608Cardiovascular Physiology 13
SP M 660Designing Resistance Training Program 33
SP M 665Skeletal Muscle: Structure and Function 13
SP M 700Doctoral Dissertation1-18
PE P 455Adapted Physical Education 33
PE P 465Senior Seminar3
PE P 466Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education 36
PE P 499Problems1-3
PE P 501Special Topics1-3
PE P 550Advanced Topics in Physical Education1-4
PE P 557Adapted Physical Education : A Practitioner's Approach 33
PE P 624The Social Construction of the Body 43
DANC 450Special Topics1-3
DANC 451VWorld Dance 33
DANC 462Flamenco Dance History 33
DANC 465Senior Culminating Experience2
DANC 466Dance Pedagogy: Dance Technique 33
DANC 489Advanced Choreographic Project2
DANC 499Problems1-6
DANC 501Directed Studies1-4
DANC 505Dance Ensemble III1
DANC 550Special Topics1-6
DANC 551Movement Research Investigation 43
DANC 566Advanced Theory of Dance Pedagogy 31-6
DANC 567Dance Internship I2
DANC 570Dance Administration and Leadership 42
DANC 599Master's Thesis1-6
DANC 600Dance Research3
DANC 670Dance Internship II3
DANC 700Doctoral Dissertation3