Skip to main
Close Search

Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Education Sciences - Physical Education Option

Dive into research and gain more insight into physical education. Go beyond physical activity promotion and dive into research topics and courses that address epidemiology, sociology, behavior science, and public health. This online doctoral program suits physical education instructors, higher education researchers and athletic directors.

Apply now

At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 38
Cost Per Credit: $737.00


Fully Online

Request Information

Learn more about the Education Sciences - Physical Education Option online program.
We launch critical & innovative thinkers, creators, and doers.
Fill out this form to be sent information specific to your program of interest, including deadlines, tuition, application requirements and more!

Doctorate in Education Sciences - Physical Education Option overview

Program format
Fully Online
Total credits
Total Credits
Degree awarded
Degree Awarded

Hear from Program Leaders

Sign up for a Virtual Open House

What You'll Learn


Students are admitted into our program through a mentor-based admission process, under the direct supervision of a specific faculty member. We encourage you to identify the faculty member with whom you wish to work with prior to applying to the program. For a brief introduction and contact information, you may view the bios of:

In addition to getting acquainted with our faculty, you will have the opportunity to discuss research interests and potential dissertation areas.  Our program typically takes between 3-5 years, including your dissertation. 

Course Examples

  • KHP 601 Teaching Effectiveness and Leadership in KHP
  • KHP 602 Promoting Physical Activity for Youth
  • KHP 579 Adapted Physical Education
  • KHP 644 Research Techniques Applied to Kinesiology and Health Promotion KHP 674 – Foundations of Health Promotion
  • KHP 675 Health Assessments
  • EDC 610 Discipline & Classroom Management
  • EDP 613 Social Psychological Issues in Education
  • EDP 614 Motivation and Learning
  • EDS 580 Special Education
  • EPE 617 Introduction to Higher Education
  • EPE 672 College Teaching and Learning
  • EPE 684 Higher Education and Athletics
  • EPE 653 History of Higher Education
  • EPE 703 Preparing Research Proposals
  • EDC 712 The Elementary School (Curriculum Theory)

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

  • A master’s degree or 30 semester hours of approved graduate course work with a 3.0 GPA. 
  • A sample of scholarly writing
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Program Contact

Heather Erwin


Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

NC-SARA logo
University of Kentucky has been approved to participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

Grad tuition cap

Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.

Be Supported

Access supporting services and success coaches to help you succeed.
Follow On Social Facebook Icon YouTube Icon LinkedIn Icon Instagram Icon Network Icon
Find the Degree that Fits Explore Now