PhD in Educational Research w/Spec in Psychosocial Aspects of Sports and Exercise

The Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation offer a collaborative Doctoral (PhD) degree program in Psychosocial Aspects of Sports and Exercise. Students learn research design and methodology associated with the field of sport and exercise psychology, and complete coursework related to applied sport psychology, health and exercise psychology, and social psychology of sport. Students gain practical experience that pertains to intervention and program development, effectiveness, and evaluation in sport, exercise, physical rehabilitation, performing arts, and military environments. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience teaching at the college level. This program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in academia, or research-based, non-profit and government agencies.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis and the Center for Sport Psychology are associated with the program and offers opportunities for hands-on practica in program evaluation, methodological/statistical consultation, and sport and exercise psychology consultation. The internationally renowned Center for Parent Education also offers students opportunities for research and outreach. Additional research opportunities are enhanced by an up-to-date testing/observational laboratory and computerized data analysis labs.

Degree Requirements (63 semester hours for those entering the program with a related Master's degree):

  • KINE 6125 - Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 hours)
  • KINE 6135 - Exercise and Health Psychology (3 hours)
  • KINE 6175 - Social Psychology of Sport (3 hours)
  • KINE 6185 - Applied Sport Psychology (3 hours)
  • KINE 6191 - Measurement and Assessment in Sport and Physical Activity (3 hours)
  • 6 hours of selected courses in related areas, with advisor's approval
  • Supervised Research/Practice (3 hours)
  • EPSY 6030 - Practicum, Field Experience, or Internship (3 hours)
  • Dissertation (9 hours minimum)
  • EPSY 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation (3, 6 or 9 hours per semester)

Individuals entering the program without a master's degree are expected to fulfill the following requirements, plus the two core courses in the MS with a major in educational psychology, and a minimum of three additional graduate-level courses with the advisor's approval. The actual number of hours will vary based on each student's background and advisor's recommendations.

Contact Information:
Scott Martin, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310769
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
Phone: 940-565-2651
Fax: 940-565-4904