Doctorate of Philosophy in Kinesiology

Welcome to the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology at New Mexico State University! Our program is centered around the student experience and focuses on individualized one-on-one mentoring. Our program focuses on the research experience and helping students transition into academia. Please contact the graduate coordinator Dr. Christopher Aiken for additional details at (575) 646-1769 or

Please feel free to reach out to our current Ph.D. students to inquire about the student experience at NMSU and our program.

Areas of Focus Program Requirements

Motor Behavior and Sport Psychology

Drs. Christopher Aiken and Phillip Post

Exercise Physiology

Drs. Joe Berning and Sang-Rok Lee


Drs. Jemin Kim and Yong Woo An

Physical Education and Pedagogy

Dr. Kim Oliver

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36 credit hours of graduate coursework

12 hours of Kinesiology courses

12 hours in Research Methodology and Statistics

12 hours of Electives (decided on between the advisor and student)

24 hours of Dissertation work

In addition to the coursework all students must pass a qualifying examination and a comprehensive examination prior to starting their dissertation work.

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1. To apply for the Ph.D. program you need complete a Master’s degree prior to starting course work at NMSU.

2. You must have above a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. between undergraduate and graduate coursework.

3. You will also need to take the GRE prior to enrolling in courses but there is no required score in the NMSU Graduate School.

4. You will need a letter of support from a potential advisor in the program.

5. Application deadline for international students for Fall admittance in March 1st. 


Graduate Assistantships
All of our full time Ph.D. students are on graduate teaching assistantships. Assistantships in the department will require you to teach two physical activity classes and one lecture based class. Our assistantships pay around $17,400 per 9 month contract (this fluctuates a bit from year to year). NMSU offers some tuition scholarships in addition to the assistantship. NMSU also has some of the lowest tuition rates in the country. All graduate assistants receive in-state tuition which is about $2,714 per semester at 9 credit hours.