Ph.D. in Applied Physiology

A Ph.D. program stands on three pillars: research, curriculum, and teaching.


Independent research is the heart of a science doctorate. Research in the Ph.D. in Applied Physiology program of the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech is organized around the physiology of movement: motor planning and control, the mechanics of movement, and the physiological responses to activity. Our faculty offer students the unique opportunity to focus in a traditional physiological specialty while integrating fundamental concepts from related fields. Students will work closely with a research advisor to develop their projects, and prospective students are encouraged to identify and contact potential advisors early in the application process.

Please see our research page for more information.



A strong, yet flexible curriculum provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to be successful, independent professionals. Our students participate in a core curriculum that provides an integrated understanding of physiology and a base of quantitative tools and research processes. Beyond that core, students have full flexibility to assemble their own program from our own focused physiology courses as well as offerings by diverse other Schools on campus.



Regardless of a graduate's career aspirations, he or she will be in a position to educate-students, employees, policy makers, or clients. We are committed to helping students develop the tools they need to communicate their specialized knowledge to a naive audience. Students get experience in all aspects of teaching, from developing content to delivering lectures through our teaching practicum.

For additional information:

Please see the Ph.D. program handbook or contact:
Dr. Richard Nichols (, PhD in Applied Physiology Graduate Coordinator
Program Coordinator (

Application Procedure

Application to the School of Biological Sciences' Ph.D. in Applied Physiology program is online at We admit students for fall semester only. The annual application deadline for fall admission to our graduate program is December 15. We evaluate applications in December, January and February, make offers in March, and expect responses from candidates who have been made offers by mid-April. Offers for spring and summer admission are not usually made.

Resources for current students

Including a timeline to degree and links to forms.