Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Admission Requirements:

Master of Science in one of the following areas: Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Nutrition Science, or related disciplines

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Personal essay (2-3 typed, double-spaced pages) addressing: research interests and experiences, alignment with faculty interests and expertise, and professional goals
  4. Copy of graduate research paper or thesis completed (or in process) from masters degree. Either is potentially acceptable for admission, however, thesis is preferred.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one from the candidate’s master’s committee
  6. Academic transcripts from Bachelors and Masters degree coursework

Admissions Committee

Faculty in the Department of HHD serving as PhD committee chairs or committee members will collectively serve as the admissions committee to evaluate applications and admit students to the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences PhD program.

Program Requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 credits, including 18-28 dissertation credits
  2. Completion of comprehensive examination
  3. Completion of dissertation
  4. Completion of research portfolio including ≥ 3 manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals, ≥ 1 submitted grant application, and ≥ 3 presentations at national or international conferences.

Sequence of Program Requirements

Year 1 – Fall – coursework (6 credits)

Year 1 – Spring – coursework (6 credits); program of study and committee selection

Year 1 – Summer – comprehensive examination preparation; research

Year 2 – Fall – coursework (0-3 credits); comprehensive examination; research

Year 2 – Spring – coursework (0-3 credits); research

Year 2 – Summer - research

Year 3 – Fall – research

Year 3 – Spring – research; dissertation defense

Committee Requirements:

Doctoral committees will be made up of at least four PhD prepared individuals with appropriate expertise. It is recommended that two to three committee members be faculty in the department of Health and Human Development actively participating in the EXNS PhD program, but committee composition may vary according to individual needs.

Comprehensive Examination:

The EXNS PhD program comprehensive exam will be conducted by the students committee, typically in the beginning of the third year of the program. Students will prepare a grant proposal based on one or more elements of his/her proposed dissertation research. The proposal will be prepared according to specifications of a potential funding source (NIH, NSF, USDA, or other comparable funding source). The proposal will be submitted to the committee a minimum of seven days prior to an oral exam. The oral exam will consist of questions relating to the proposal and to the relevant science pertaining to the EXNS program option of the student.

Dissertation Requirements:

Students in the EXNS PhD program will complete dissertations of the Manuscript Format Option of the Montana State University Graduate School, with a minimum of three completed manuscripts for which the candidate is first author. At least two of these manuscripts need to original research.

Exercise Nutrition, Metabolism, and Physiology Curriculum

Courses offered by HHD                                                                                                                               42-46 Credits

At least 3 of the following:

KIN 515 – Exercise Performance and Nutrition                                                                                                      3

KIN 545 – Graduate Exercise Physiology                                                                                                              3

NUTR 511 – Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition                                                                                                    3

NUTR 521 – Macronutrient Metabolism                                                                                                                 3

NUTR 520 – Advanced Diet & Disease                                                                                                                  3

KIN 594 – Seminar                                                                                                                                                 6

At least 1 of the following:

KIN 525 - Biomechanics                                                                                                                                         3

KIN 5XX – Motor Control                                                                                                                                        3

KIN 690 – Dissertation                                                                                                                                         18-28

Courses offered by other departments                                                                                                         12 Credits

At least 2 of the following:                                                                                                                                   6

STAT 511: Methods of Data Analysis I 

STAT 512: Methods of Data Analysis II

STAT 425/525: Biostatistical Data Analysis

STAT 431: Nonparametric Statistics

STAT 437: Introduction to Applied Multivariate Analysis

STAT 439: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis

STAT 441/541: Experimental Design (requires M 221)

STAT 448: Mixed Effects Models

At least 2 of the following:                                                                                                                                   6

BCH 521 - Mass Spectrometry

BCH 544 – Molecular Biology

BCH 543 – Proteins

BCH 546 – Metabolomics and Systems Biology

BIOB 524 – Ethical Practice of Science

BIOE 540 – Analysis of Ecological Communities

MB 505 – Host-Associated Microbiomes

MB 520 – Microbial Physiology

CHTH – 540 Principles of Epidemiology

Up to 21 credits from the above list at MSU or equivalent from another university earned for the MS will be considered for credit toward the PhD.

Biomechanics/Motor Control Curriculum

Option 1: Master’s and PhD at MSU (5 years to complete PhD)

Existing MS in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (2 years)

Courses offered by HHD                                                                                                                               Credits

KIN 515 - Exercise Performance and Nutrition OR                                                                                          3

            KIN 511 Exercise Metabolism and Health

KIN 525 - Orthopedic Biomechanics **(convert existing KIN 525)                                                                   3

KIN 5XX – Motor Control ** (new course to be created)                                                                                  3

KIN 545 – Graduate Exercise Physiology                                                                                                        3

HHD 512 – Research Methods                                                                                                                         3

KIN 594 – Seminar – 1 credit but may be repeated each semester                                                                 4

KIN 590 – Thesis                                                                                                                                              10

Courses offered by other departments

STAT 511 – Methods of Data Analysis I                                                                                                            3

Electives

Elective                                                                                                                                                            3

                                                                                                                                Total MS Program            35

                                                                                                     Considered for credit toward PhD              18 - 21

PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (3 years)                                                                                39 - 42 credits

Required Core:                                                                                                                                          24 – 34 credits

KIN 594 – Seminar                                                                                                                                       6

KIN 690 – Dissertation                                                                                                                                18 – 28

Coursework (program developed in consultation with Chair)                                                                    5 – 18 credits

Courses offered by MIE & HHD

KIN 592 – Independent Study                                                                                                                      3

EMECH/KIN 591A – Kinematics and Kinetics of Human Movement                                                           3

EMECH/KIN 591B – Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement                                                          3

EMECH/KIN 591C – Nonlinear Analysis of Human Movement                                                                    3

Courses offered by other departments

STAT 511: Methods of Data Analysis I                                                                                                             3

STAT 512: Methods of Data Analysis II                                                                                                            3

STAT 425/525: Biostatistical Data Analysis                                                                                                      3

STAT 431: Nonparametric Statistics                                                                                                                 3

STAT 437: Introduction to Applied Multivariate Analysis                                                                                  3

STAT 439: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis                                                                                       3

STAT 441/541: Experimental Design (requires M 221)                                                                                    3

STAT 448: Mixed Effects Models                                                                                                                     3

                                                                                                                                Total PhD                    60 credits

Biomechanics/Motor Control Curriculum

Option 2: Master’s done elsewhere, start directly into PhD (3 – 4 years depending on prior coursework)

12 - 21 credits considered for credit toward the PhD (exact courses to be transferred for credit determined by department)

PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (3 - 4 years)                                                                         39 - 48 credits

Required Core:                                                                                                                                        24 – 34 credits

KIN 594 – Seminar                                                                                                                                      6

KIN 690 – Dissertation                                                                                                                             18 – 28

Coursework (program developed in consultation with Chair)                                                                  5 – 24 credits

Courses offered by HHD

KIN 515 - Exercise Performance and Nutrition                                                                                           3

KIN 511 Exercise Metabolism and Health                                                                                                   3

KIN 525 - Orthopedic Biomechanics **(convert existing KIN 525)                                                              3

KIN 5XX – Motor Control ** (new course to be created)                                                                              3

KIN 545 – Graduate Exercise Physiology                                                                                                    3

Courses offered by MIE & HHD

EMECH/KIN 591A – Kinematics and Kinetics of Human Movement                                                           3

EMECH/KIN 591B – Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement                                                          3

EMECH/KIN 591C – Nonlinear Analysis of Human Movement                                                                    3

Courses offered by other departments

STAT 511: Methods of Data Analysis I                                                                                                            3

STAT 512: Methods of Data Analysis II                                                                                                           3

STAT 425/525: Biostatistical Data Analysis                                                                                                     3

STAT 431: Nonparametric Statistics                                                                                                                3

STAT 437: Introduction to Applied Multivariate Analysis                                                                                 3

STAT 439: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis                                                                                      3

STAT 441/541: Experimental Design (requires M 221)                                                                                   3

STAT 448: Mixed Effects Models                                                                                                                     3

                                                                                                                                Total PhD                   60 credits