Admissions decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for doctoral study. Admission decisions are based on consideration of a number of criteria that are believed to predict success in the Ph.D. program.
Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Performance program requires
- an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university or college with an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average (GPA) on the last 60 hours of academic work of 3.00 or above on a 4.00 scale.
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program typically have scores that exceed 297 (current scale) or 1,000 (former scale). The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.
- research skills. Successful applicants typically have statistical and research methodology skills as evidenced by coursework in both areas.
- coursework in a related field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree will be expected to have completed at least 30 hours of coursework in a related field. Applicants with a master’s degree are expected to have completed at least 20 graduate hours in a related field.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must submit
- application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
- official transcripts of all previous college work;
- three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in doctoral study;
- a 400–500 word statement of purpose giving their reasons for applying to the Ph.D. program, academic interests, professional goals, and area of specialization.
Pre-dissertation Advising - Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the candidate will be assigned an advisor who (in cooperation with the graduate coordinator) will advise the student on an appropriate program of study and of any deficiencies to correct.
Preliminary Examinations - Upon completion of coursework, the candidate will be eligible to take preliminary exams. The written exams will be structured to test the student on the breadth of knowledge gained from statistics, research methods, and design components as well as the specialization component. All exams are to be taken within one calendar year.
Advancement to Candidacy - Upon successful completion of the preliminary exams, the student will file an “Advancement to Candidacy” form with the College of Graduate Studies. No more than six credit hours of C grade will count toward the Ph.D. degree requirements. D and F grades will not count toward degree requirements but will be computed in the GPA. The student must have a GPA of 3.25 for the program of studies to advance to candidacy.
Dissertation Committee - Upon advancement to candidacy, the student will formally construct his/her dissertation committee. The committee should include at a minimum three faculty members; two must be from the department, and one must be from outside the department. The chair of the committee must be a doctoral-level graduate faculty member.
Time Limit - There is a ten-year limit for completing all Ph.D. degree requirements, i.e., all doctoral coursework taken at MTSU, as well as the dissertation, must be completed within ten years of the first semester of enrollment.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 30 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which candidate intends to graduate.