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Physical Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology

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When you choose the physical education PhD program at The Ohio State University, you will join a group of engaged and passionate educators and scholars who attract some of the best minds in the field from around the world. The nationally and internationally acclaimed program teaches you the skills and expertise to advance the field of physical education that improves the lives of students through physical education.

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As you learn the best practices in teaching physical education to teachers our doctoral degree in physical education will prepare you to:

  • Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to educational problems 
  • Design research to answer specific questions 
  • Refine, modify, apply and teach knowledge in the field 
  • Become a leader who can engage in public policy discussion and advocacy 
  • Serve as a model for the profession 
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Bachelor’s and Master’s degree – physical education or related field, 3.0 GPA, K-12 teaching or physical activity setting experience

Expected time to degree

3 years

Deadline to apply

December 1

for funding consideration; then rolling admissions until cohort filled

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Program start

Autumn Semester 

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