Sport Studies Curriculum

The sport studies doctoral concentration involves studying sport from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the areas of sport management, sport pedagogy, sport history, and sport philosophy. The program is intended for students who desire teaching and research careers in higher education institutions.

DOCTORAL SEMINAR (3 credit hours)

  • KI 8923 Doctoral Seminar in Sport Studies

DEPARTMENTAL COGNATE (select 12 credit hours)

  • KI 8603 Disability, Physical Activity and Health
  • PE 8103 Developing Coaching Expertise
  • PE 8113 Curriculum Construction in Physical Education
  • PE 8163 Seminar in Physical Education
  • PE 8203 Psychological Aspects of Sport
  • SS 6403 Gender and Sport
  • SS 8123 Sport Administration
  • SS 8203 Funding of Sport
  • SS 8803 Sport Law
  • SS 8823 Sport Sponsorships
  • SS 8833 Event and Facility Management
  • SS 8883 Ethical Issues in Sport

OUTSIDE COGNATE (9 credit hours)

Students choose a cognate field of study from an appropriate discipline outside of the Department of Kinesiology. Choice of courses must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Students may elect to take 3 additional credit hours to fulfill the requirement for a minor in a specific area (12 credit hours are required for a doctoral minor).

RESEARCH METHODS & STATISTICS (select 12 credit hours)

  • ST 6213 Nonparametric Methods
  • ST 8114 Statistical Methods
  • ST 8214 Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • ST 8253 Regression Analysis
  • ST 8313 Introduction to Survey Sampling
  • ST 8853 Advanced Design of Experiments I
  • ST 8863 Advanced Design of Experiments II
  • AN 6143 Ethnographic Methods
  • EDF 9453 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education

DIRECTED RESEARCH (24 credit hours)

  • KI 7000 Directed Individual Study (3 hours) – The outcome of this directed study should be a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This manuscript must be reviewed and approved by the student’s supervisory committee prior to the student beginning work on his/her dissertation.
  • KI 9000 Dissertation (21 hours) – In addition to satisfying the requirements of KI 7000, a student must also successfully complete comprehensive exams prior to beginning work on his/her dissertation


  • HED 8133 University and Community College Instruction

63 total credit hours needed to complete degree

**It is possible to make substitutions to the PhD curriculum. All course substitutions must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee.