The Doctor of Philosophy in Biokinesiology program prepares graduates to be research scientists in the field of biokinesiology. Ph.D. graduates are academic faculty members and independent scientists who are prepared to establish and lead their own research programs. They are leading scholars and innovators in the field of biokinesiology. The philosophy of the Ph.D. in biokinesiology program is that graduates will be prepared to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research. This requires that they are conversant in all areas of biokinesiology and that they are able to conceptualize research questions across several levels of analysis. The curriculum strikes a balance between providing students with a broad exposure to the variety of disciplines within biokinesiology and giving students the advanced skills necessary to excel in a specialized area. Students achieve breadth of knowledge by taking a set of required core courses, and they develop depth by taking elective courses in their areas of concentration. Students complete a dissertation project in which they develop and conduct a unique and significant research investigation with the guidance of a biokinesiology faculty member as research advisor.
A minimum of 116 units is required for completion of this program.
Basic and Clinical Science Foundation Courses (Years 1, 2)
The student will enroll in all required course work and clinical experiences excluding BKN 790, BKN 794a, BKN 794b, BKN 794c, BKN 794d, BKN 794z, PT 630, PT 631, PT 632, PT 660 and PT 665.
Qualifying Exam (Year 3)
The student will select a qualifying exam committee and begin preparing a research proposal (register for BKN 790). During this time, the student is encouraged to enroll in key elective courses, both inside and outside the division, which will enhance research proposal development. The expectation is that the student will sit for the qualifying exam and achieve doctoral candidacy at the end of year three.
Research and Dissertation Preparation (Years 4, 5)
The student will complete the research project and prepare a dissertation (register for BKN 790 and BKN 794a, BKN 794b, BKN 794c, BKN 794d, BKN 794z). The expectation is that the student will successfully defend the dissertation by the end of year five.
Completion of Internship Requirement (Year 6)
The student will complete the required internships to achieve clinical competency (register for PT 630, PT 631, PT 632, PT 660 and PT 665).
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Applicants must meet all general admission requirements of the university. Admission requirements include a superior grade point average in cumulative undergraduate and graduate course work (if applicable). In addition, applicants should score at least 160 on the verbal section and 150 on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and have some research experience. Students admitted for the Master of Science degree are not automatically admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program. The Master of Science is not required as a prerequisite to the Ph.D. is highly advised.
Ph.D. Applicants should contact the Faculty member with whom they want to work and discuss the program.
The application process for the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Biokinesiology Program involves the following component
Financial assistance is available to USC students from many sources. Division scholarships totaled over $250,000 in the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition, some students are eligible for university-wide scholarships. Decisions about Divisional scholarships for incoming students are made in February and March each year (Please note: There is no formal application required for Divisional scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered for these competitive, merit-based awards).