PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science

PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science


Are you interested in an advanced degree that will enhance your understanding of a variety of processes that sustain life? Do you want to be an expert in your field?

The PhD program in bioenergetics and exercise science is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health and Human Performance, and is offered in conjunction with the Department of Physiology in the Brody School of Medicine. This doctoral program has consistently been highly ranked by the National Academy of Kinesiology, based upon program faculty indices of productivity, funding, and visibility as well as student indices of graduate assistant support, student quality, employment, and admissions.

Students have the opportunity to utilize laboratory and research facilities of all participating disciplines. Bioenergetics and exercise science graduates address research questions at the level of the whole body to the gene using a variety of approaches and are trained for employment in health care, government, academic, research and service institutions.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science a student must present the following:

  • A grade point average of 2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in either the undergraduate major work or work taken during the senior year.
  • A Statement of Purpose describing the applicant’s career goals, potential faculty mentor, and research interests which are consistent with the educational opportunities offered in the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program.
  • Two letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence and potential for doctoral-level work.
  • For students whose first language is not English, a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Delivery Methods

This program is only offered in an on-campus, Face to Face format.

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about the PhD in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program and its concentrations please inquire by using the Contact Us form on this page. 

To learn more about the faculty mentors in the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program email them with questions regarding their research.

Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students

ECU degree programs satisfy the professional licensure and/or certification requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for these exams.  However, requirements in other states may be different.

If you are considering a degree program that may, would, could or potentially lead to a professional license and/or certification, please note that at this time ECU may or may not be able to advise whether a  program meets requirements outside of North Carolina.  Prior to enrolling in a degree program, please discuss this important topic with your program of interest.