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Graduate School

Exercise Science Ph.D.


  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • School/College: Public Health

Program Website

See the program curriculum and learn about admission. 



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Fall Priority Application Deadline: January 17 (for fellowship consideration)
Fall Final Application Deadline: May 1
Spring Application Deadline: October 1 

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Official GRE Score (optional)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Applications Accepted for These Semesters...

  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester

Areas of Concentration

  • Applied Physiology
  • Health Aspects Of Physical Activity
  • Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Notes

Our doctoral program is mentor-based, meaning each PhD student has to identify a mentor that will support them academically and financially. As such we do not have a set number of open slots that we fill each year. Please contact the faculty members you might be interested in working with to determine your fit and the availability of funds prior to applying.

Additional Option: Behavioral Biomedical Interface (BBIP)

The Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP) at the University of South Carolina provides intensive biomedical research training which is integrated into the behavioral science training of select doctoral students in Epidemiology, Exercise Science, and Psychology. This interdisciplinary research training program, supported by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health, prepares students for scientific careers. The thematic emphasis of BBIP is on health-related research problems that are linked to prevention science or the developmental sciences (broadly conceived).

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