Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Health, and Behavior Studies
The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the Education, Health, and Behavior Studies (EHBS) doctoral program. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the doctoral program are evaluated on the following criteria:
Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)
Statement of goals
Three (3) letters of recommendation that address the academic and professional qualities that support you for doctoral-level work
Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the academic catalog.
Statement of Goals
Submit a statement discussing your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills along with advanced study will aid you in the attainment of these goals.
Submit a professional curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume (no more than five pages) that includes the following information:
- Educational background
- Work-related experience
- Conference presentations (if applicable)
- Publications (if applicable)
- Professional honors and awards
- Any other experiences you believe may aid the admission committee in evaluating your application
- Include with your application an individually-authored sample of your writing that the admission committee can use to evaluate your ability as a writer and potential success in the doctoral program.
- The minimum length of the sample is five pages and should not exceed 30 pages. Examples of possible writing samples include, but are not limited to, journal articles, paper from a course, or some written work product such as a manual or technical report.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the EHBS program.
Ph.D. candidates are expected to have undertaken and completed independent research leading to an original contribution of knowledge in the field. It is generally expected that the Ph.D. dissertation will be publishable. This degree option typically provides preparation for careers in research and teaching at colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.
Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
Successful completion of comprehensive examinations.
Completion of a dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is an original contribution to knowledge.
Successful completion of a final examination.
|Minor/Master's transfer credits (30 credits)||30|
|Scholarly Tools (12 credits)|
|(Prerequisite: EFR 509 or equivalent)|
|(Prerequisite: EFR 515 or equivalent)|
|EFR 510||Participatory Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|EFR 516||Statistics II||3|
|Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 1||3|
|Advanced Scholarly Tool elective 2||3|
|Specialization Core Courses (12 credits)|
Students choose a specialization area (Higher Education, Instructional Design and Technology; Kinesiology). Higher Education and Instructional Design and Technology students complete the four courses listed for their specialization. Students in Kinesiology select four courses to complete from the list of course offerings in their specialization.
|Students in the Higher Education specialization take the following courses:|
|HE 532||Principles and Practices in Higher Education||3|
|HE 541||History of Higher Education in the United States||3|
|HE 569||Diversity Systems and Policy in Education||3|
|HE 571||Introduction to Research Traditions in Higher Education||3|
Instructional Design and Technology
|Students in Instructional Design and Technology specialization take the following courses:|
|IDT 500||Survey of Instructional Design||3|
|IDT 520||Instructional Systems Analysis and Design||3|
|IDT 525||Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Instructional Materials||3|
|IDT 550||Theories and Models of Instructional Design||3|
|Students in the Kinesiology specialization choose four courses from the following:|
|KIN 511||Sports Administration||3|
|KIN 512||Sports Risk Management||3|
|KIN 513||Skill Acquisition in Sport||3|
|KIN 524||Adapted Physical Activities||3|
|KIN 529||Exercise Psychology||3|
|KIN 530||Sports Biomechanics||3|
|KIN 531||Psychology of Sports Leadership||3|
|KIN 534||Social Issues in Sports||3|
|KIN 535||Applied Exercise Physiology||3|
|KIN 536||Bioenergetics and Skeletal Muscle Function||3|
|KIN 537||Applied Sports Psychology||3|
|KIN 540||Esports and Healthy Gaming||3|
|KIN 541||Exercise Program Design||3|
|Faculty Guided Research (12 credits)||12|
|HE 598||Individual Research in Higher Education||1-9|
|IDT 592||Research in Instructional Design and Technology||1-3|
|KIN 590||Individual Research in Kinesiology||1-4|
|Dissertation Writing Seminar (3 credits)||3|
|HE 549||Dissertation Orientation||3|
|Electives (9 credits)||9|
Selected with consent of advisor and faculty from area of specialization
|Dissertation (12 credits)||12|