Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, PhD

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Are you interested in reducing the physical, social and economic costs of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles as a way of promoting health and well-being? Learn to integrate multiple disciplines of health sciences, and develop and test effective physical activity and nutrition programs for all segments of society.

In integrating disciplinary contexts, the PhD program in exercise and nutritional sciences is uniquely designed to train scholars to conduct high impact, transdisciplinary health promotion research that explores issues that contribute to health through chronic disease risk reduction, quality of life promotion and enhancement of well-being.

Students are actively engaged in research at every stage of the program through participation in research practicums, translational research teams, research seminars and colloquia, and dissertation research. Students work collaboratively with an approved mentor from the beginning to the end of the doctoral program, and select to focus their research on one primary area of interest: metabolism and physiology, behavioral and population health sciences, or biomechanics and motor control.

Program graduates are prepared for research careers in research-intensive universities, governmental agencies, and health-related research positions in private industry.

The program is four years of full-time study after earning a master's degree. The program accepts part-time students.

At A Glance

Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, PhD

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a master's degree in any field, from a regionally accredited institution, and prefer that a data-based research thesis has been completed.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, and applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and writing)
  4. letter of intent
  5. professional resume
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. teaching or research assistantship application
  8. writing sample (six to 10 pages)
  9. an oral interview with program faculty (in person or via Skype) prior to acceptance
  10. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Applicants must submit a TOEFL score unless the requirements for an exception have been met. Details are available at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

The letter of intent should indicate research or scholarly interest, primary program area, statement of career goals and name of a potential faculty mentor from the list of approved faculty mentors.

All applicants must have taken a graduate level research methods and a graduate level research statistics course prior to admission. Students are expected to take a pretest in research methods and research statistics the summer prior to enrolling.

It is expected that students admitted to the program have documented academic training and a strong interest in exercise science, nutrition science or health promotion. Thus, depending on the student's academic training, background, scholarly interests and focus area, a student may be asked to take undergraduate courses as deficiencies prior to or concurrently with graduate course enrollment.

Pathways through program
Two pathways through the program are available to students depending on their funding source, full-time via TA/RA funding or part-time self-funded. With both pathways, the intent is to involve and embed students in ongoing research as well as in-class study throughout their stay.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines and admission terms.

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