Ph.D. in Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program will prepare the next generation of researchers and scholars in the fields of Physical Education and Physical Activity. These individuals are also expected to become outstanding teachers and leaders in their respective fields. Our doctoral students will obtain scholarly and professional skills that are refined through regular participation in research projects, scientific conferences, and presentations.

Program Overview

The WSU PE-PAL program prepares professionals to design, teach, lead and promote physical activity programs across the lifespan and in a range of school and community settings. The program will follow policies and procedures for Ph.D. programs already established by the WSU Graduate School and by the College of Education. The requirement is a minimum of 90 credit hours including:

  • 60 graduate credits (qualifying post bachelor credits may be applied towards this 60 credits)
    • Statistics and research method courses
    • Physical Education and Physical Activity courses
    • Doctoral seminars
    • Electives
  • 30 credits of dissertation

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.  In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 2 academic recommendations
  • Writing sample of thesis or publication
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • A graduate degree in kinesiology, physical education, or a closely related field or experience is preferred and highly recommended.
  • Availability for a faculty interview
  • Research plan of intent

Plan of Work

For information contact:

Leah Ketcheson

257 Matthaei


Phone: (313) 577-8739