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David G. Edwards

David G. Edwards


Victoria King

Victoria King

Academic Support Coordinator


The mission of the Applied Physiology Ph.D. program is to provide advanced training to students in the field of applied physiology with the goal of preparing students for research-based careers. Areas of in-depth study are driven by faculty research and encompass cardiovascular physiology, exercise physiology, musculoskeletal physiology, and neurophysiology. The programmatic emphasis is on the regulation, adaptation, and integration of mechanisms across all levels of biological organization from molecules to organ systems. New knowledge on health, aging, chronic disease, and injury prevention will be generated and disseminated. Along with in-depth, laboratory-based immersion, the mission of the proposed program is to provide high quality classroom-based instruction through a core graduate curriculum, electives, and seminars.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physiology requires a minimum of 45 credits including 9 credits of dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in 4 years. Students are required to develop a plan for a program of study with their advisor during the first semester of study. The planned program of study must be approved by the advisor and then Program Committee by the end of the first semester. Required courses (28 credits) for the doctoral degree include: advanced mammalian physiology; medical physiology, practice of Science, research; biostatistics; eight semesters of applied physiology seminar; and appropriate elective courses. Students must pass a preliminary examination that tests their general knowledge base in applied physiology and their ability to critically evaluate scientific literature. The preliminary examination must be completed by the end of the student’s first year of enrollment.



Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer appropriate strengths. Applicants must submit all of the following items directly to the University Office of Graduate Studies using the online admission process before admission can be considered. All students will be expected to be sufficiently conversant in English and knowledgeable in the written word to convey clear, logical and complex written expressions. Knowledge of mathematics and statistics is expected. Students admitted to the Applied Physiology Program may be admitted into one of two categories: regular status (students who meet all entrance requirements) or provisional status (students who lack one or more prerequisites). All provisional requirements must be met within the deadline given before regular status can be granted.


✓ Completed graduate application
✓ Bachelors, Masters or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
✓ Official GRE test scores
✓ Official TOEFL, IELTS test scores, if applicable
✓ Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher
✓ Personal statement of goals, research/curriculum interests; and professional objectives
✓ Current resume
✓ Three letters of recommendation
✓ Advisor Agreement*
*Students must notify and email the department’s Graduate Academic Support Coordinator of the agreement from the Applied Physiology faculty member who will serve as the applicant’s advisor. Completed applications will not be reviewedwithout solidifying an advisor. 



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