Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Sport Physiology and Performance, Ph.D. (Sport Physiology Concentration)

General Program Information

Michael H. Stone, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate Coordinator
P.O. Box 70654
(423) 439-5796
e-mail: stonem@etsu.edu

Michael Ramsey, Ph.D., Professor, Department Chair
P.O. Box 70671
(423) 439-4375
e-mail: ramseym@etsu.edu

Faculty: Brad DeWeese; Andy Dotterweich; Satoshi Mizuguchi; Mike Ramsey; Kimi Sato; Meg Stone; Mike Stone.

The Department of Exercise Science offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Physiology and Performance with concentrations in Sport Physiology and Sport Performance.

Program Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission into the Ph.D. in Sport Physiology and Performance graduate program:

  1. Payment of required nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Completed application form;
  3. One official transcript from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, except previous coursework taken at ETSU;
  4. Vita or resume;
  5. Personal essay explaining career and educational goals and general area of interest for the dissertation;
  6. Official scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  7. Four letters of recommendation with at least two from former college instructors;
  8. A master’s degree (thesis preferred) or bachelor’s degree (strong research component) in biology, Exercise Science, or related discipline from an accredited university. It is recommended that entering students have an undergraduate background in statistics, general chemistry, general biology, human anatomy and physiology. Students admitted with a B.S. or M.S. degree are expected to meet all doctoral requirements, including course prerequisites or equivalencies. Thus, the program of study for a student entering with a B.S. degree will exceed the 72 credit hour minimum and extend the program of study.
  9. 3.4 overall GPA for applicants with a master’s degree or 3.0 for applicants with a bachelor’s degree on a 4.0 scale;
  10. A personal or phone interview with members of the admission committee. Factors to be considered in the interview include academic success, evidence of leadership skills, writing skills, computer skills, and oral communication skills.


All students in the Ph.D. in Sport Physiology and Performance graduate program are required to have at least two semesters of full-time residency.

Sports Physiology and Performance, Ph.D. Degree Requirements: 72 credits

Core Requirements 33 credits
Concentration 15 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 credits
Dissertation 15 credits
TOTAL 72 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits

Based on the needs of the student (examples):

Dissertation: 15 credits