The doctoral program is firmly based in research and prepares students for academic careers in exercise physiology. Graduate students in this program have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the program’s well-equipped laboratories of clinical and applied physiology, neuromuscular research and active aging, and sports medicine and motion analysis. Additionally, there are numerous collaborative research opportunities bolstered by the department’s strong relationships with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, Health South Doctors’ Hospital, and the Varsity Athletics Department. The program is best known for its work in women’s health, obesity, pediatric physiology, aging, muscle, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, exercise biochemistry, and human metabolism. The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology requires the completion of up 72 credit hours, depending on the student’s academic background, and takes approximately four to five years to complete.
- M.A. or M.S. in exercise physiology or a related field.
- Pre-requisite courses including one year of chemistry with laboratory, and one course each in human biology, human physiology, and exercise physiology.
- Admission preference will be given to those that have completed courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry.
- Minimum 3.0 undergraduate and graduate GPA and a minimum 300 GRE score (verbal + quantitative) and 4.0 Analytical Writing Assessment score.
2/3 of all coursework must be at or above the 700 level. Students entering with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology or a related degree must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework at the University of Miami in addition to 12 credit hours of dissertation.