Kinesiology Doctoral Program (Ph.D. in Kinesiology)

Part of the School of Kinesiology

Nationally Ranked

A Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Auburn University will set you apart from the rest. Our kinesiology doctoral program is ranked 14th in the country from the National Academy of Kinesiology. The doctoral degree program prepares you for a career in academia or research in a variety of settings including colleges and universities, public and private agencies, clinical environments, government, business, and the military. Join our team, learn from experienced faculty mentors, and become one of the best in your field.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our new Kinesiology building was built in 2013 and houses 25 laboratories. Each faculty member directs a lab and conducts novel research with the assistance of their doctoral students. Masters students and undergraduate students also assist with research projects. Additionally, our faculty, staff, and students engage in outreach programs to improve the well-being of all people in the community. In our Performance and Health Optimization Center we work with elite athletes to optimize their performance. We are home to the USA Team Handball residency program for the Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

Research Experience

  • Hands-on research experience
  • Design and lead research studies
  • Publish papers as a first author and supporting author
  • Work with elite athletes and special populations
  • Conduct human interventions
  • Perform animal and cell studies
  • Collaborate with other departments and universities

Teaching Experience

As a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) you will gain undergraduate teaching experience. Design your course, deliver lectures, and administer exams as you will as a professor in academia.




Programs of Study



We have 25 research laboratories that conduct cutting-edge research related to health and sport performance. Choose the lab that best aligns with your research interests. Our faculty provide exceptional mentorship giving you the opportunity to be part of a legacy.

Research Initiatives
Research News



All of our faculty participate in outreach efforts to serve the community. From summer camps for children with disabilities, to family fit days and 5Ks, the School is committed to helping all people achieve an active lifestyle. We are committed to carrying out this important part of the University’s mission. You, too, can contribute to our outreach during your doctoral program.

Outreach Initiatives