Path to Ph.D.

The following is the normal sequence of major events, requirements, and responsibilities leading to the Ph.D.:

Admission stage

  • The prospective student is accepted by a graduate faculty member who will serve as the major professor.
  • The student is accepted for admission by the Kinesiology Ph.D. Executive Committee and ISU Graduate College.
  • The major professor provides initial advising until a Program of Study (POS) Committee is formed.

Requirements and responsibilities timeline

  • Take the English Placement test during the first semester if English is a second language.
  • Get involved in the major professor’s research during the first semester.
  • Form POS Committee during the first year.
  • Conduct pilot work for dissertation line of research in second year.
  • Hold meeting with the POS Committee during second year to approve POS. At this meeting inform committee regarding proposed dissertation line of research and any pilot work conducted. Keep committee members informed and receive their feedback as studies are planned and conducted.
  • Send the dissertation proposal to the POS Committee and conduct a proposal meeting. Present results from previous study (studies) and culminating research study (studies). This meeting may occur before or after preliminary exams.
  • Complete course work in Ph.D. No more than 6 course credits should remain when sitting for preliminary exams.
  • Complete preliminary examinations to qualify for candidacy. (Usually after second year in the doctoral program.)
  • Conduct final study (studies) and complete dissertation.
  • Complete teaching and secondary teaching and research experiences at any point when appropriate; but they must be done prior to final oral examination.

Final exam and graduation

  • Final oral examination is given. (A minimum of 6 months must elapse between preliminary examination and final oral examination.)
  • Doctoral students are responsible for asking their major professor or another faculty member to present them at the graduation ceremony.