Uwm Graduate School Dissertation Format Software

The Ph.D. degree is the highest degree conferred by the University. It is a research degree, not conferred solely as a result of any prescribed period of study. The degree is granted on evidence of general proficiency, distinctive attainment in a defined academic field, and ability to carry out independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation that presents original research or creative scholarship with a high degree of literary skill. The following minimum requirements for the Ph.D. degree apply to all students. For more information, contact the Doctoral Specialist at gs-doctoralservices@uwm.edu.

You must have at least a temporary advisor when you first enroll in your doctoral program. You must select a permanent advisor no later than the proposal hearing or the preliminary examination, whichever comes first (See Milestones of Doctoral Study below).

Your advisor is responsible for overseeing your transformation from apprentice to professional. Selecting your advisor is one of the most important decisions you will make in graduate school. This person will be your mentor—helping you shape your dissertation proposal, guiding you through the writing and defense of your dissertation, and often employing you as a research or teaching assistant. Your relationship with your advisor will directly affect the quality of your graduate school experience.

Courses
Your academic unit may apply any prior graduate-level courses that it deems appropriate to your program of study. The rest of the program of study contains the graduate courses, including research/dissertation credits, to be taken in doctoral status at UWM. Your academic unit verifies completion of these requirements when you apply for dissertator status.

Credits
The Graduate School requires a minimum of 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some programs have a higher minimum credit requirement. The Graduate School monitors only completion of credit, not individual course requirements.

Grades for Doctoral Students in Dissertation/Research Courses
Doctoral students in research courses are assigned grades of S (satisfactory progress) or U (unsatisfactory progress). The U grade may be a result of a lack of progress in the dissertation or a lack of communication with the major professor regarding this progress.

Research course grades are permanent and are not changed upon completion of the dissertation. The satisfactory credits are added to the total required for the degree, but are not calculated in the GPA.

Minor: Option A
You may be required to supplement the major by completing a minimum of 8 to 12 credits in a single discipline, which designates the minor field. The courses must be planned with your minor professor and identified on your Program of Study. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be earned in the minor. The minor examination is administered by the faculty of the minor discipline. Option A minors are identified on the student’s transcript.

Minor: Option B
If your department determines that your needs will best be served by preparation not available as a departmental minor, it may require you to develop a special program in lieu of the minor. To meet the requirements of this option, you must complete a minimum of 9-12 credits in two or more departments outside the major in courses relevant to your area of concentration. The courses must be planned with your advisor and identified on your Program of Study. Both the request to choose this option and the content of the proposed program must be approved by your major department. In addition, the department is responsible for setting standards for grade performance, examination, or both, to measure your level of preparation in this supporting field. Option B minors are not identified on the student’s transcript.

Each unit administering a doctoral program may establish foreign language and/or research skill requirements for its doctoral students. Inquiries on specific requirements should be addressed to your graduate program unit.

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within 10 years from the date you first enroll in a doctoral program at UWM. This includes all coursework, the dissertation, and examinations required for the degree. Students entering doctoral programs in the fall of 2000 or later must pass doctoral preliminary examinations within five years of initial doctoral program enrollment. Some programs may have shorter time limits.

Continuous Registration
Doctoral students with dissertator status must maintain continuous registration.

A dissertator must register for 3 graduate-level dissertation or research credits (at the current per-credit dissertator rate) each semester until the dissertation is accepted by the Graduate School. During any summers in which you use University facilities or faculty time, are a fellow or research assistant, or plan to graduate, you must register for 3 graduate-level credits (dissertator rate) in the regular eight-week summer session. Three is the minimum (and the maximum) number of graduate credits required per semester.

The Graduate School will monitor your registration every semester to be sure that you are registered properly. The Graduate School has the authority to remove you from dissertator status if you are not in compliance with dissertator regulations. The Graduate School will notify you and your program unit of dissertator status requirements and of any registration problems. If you do not maintain continuous registration, you will be placed in a default status.

Default status: If you break the continuous registration requirement after attaining dissertator status, you will be assessed a completion (dissertator default) fee of 12 credits. After re-entry, the 12-credit completion fee is reduced by 3 credits per semester for each consecutive semester of enrollment. If you return for at least four consecutive semesters following a break in registration, the completion fee is not assessed.

For students with a master’s degree who are admitted to a Ph.D. program, the graduate credits from the master’s degree may be counted toward the doctoral program by approval of the doctoral program. Graduate credits approved by the doctoral program may not exceed 50% of the total credits required for the degree.

For example, the Anthropology Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 54 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. Up to 27 credits from a master’s degree may be accepted by the program, with the remaining 27 credits to be taken at UWM in doctoral standing.

A Transfer Credit Evaluation form is not required for these credits. The doctoral program should indicate in the student’s program of study that these credits were met via the master’s degree.

The transfer of other graduate credits not from a master’s or other graduate-level degree may be permitted, subject to doctoral program approval, and the following Graduate School requirements:
  • Coursework used toward any other degree cannot be transferred.
  • Coursework must be at the graduate level.
  • Coursework must be from an accredited institution.
  • Coursework must have received grades of A, B, or equivalent (a B- is not acceptable).
  • Coursework must have been taken within five years prior to enrollment in the doctoral program.
  • Coursework cannot be used to meet the doctoral residency requirement.
  • The doctoral program may have more stringent requirements.
For credits meeting these requirements, a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form
form should be submitted.

The multidisciplinary committee-directed Ph.D. program is designed to meet the needs of select, highly qualified doctoral students with unique needs and interests that cannot be met by a single existing program. The program crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and opens new areas of instruction and research.

If you are considering this option, understand that although you must comply with all general Graduate School requirements for the Ph.D., your specific program of coursework, independent study, and research will be highly individualistic. Throughout the degree program, you must work very closely with your entire supervisory committee. This committee helps you select courses and activities designed to meet your goals, examines your progress at various phases (e.g., preliminary examination, dissertation proposal hearing), and assumes all the responsibilities of a department or program faculty in a conventional program. For more information, contact the Doctoral Specialist at gs-doctoralservices@uwm.edu.

If you’re a Minnesota resident, the tuition reciprocity agreement allows you to avoid non-resident tuition at UWM. Under the program, graduate students pay whichever state’s resident tuition rate is higher.

Applicants are asked to apply electronically. You can also contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at 800-657-3866 or write to Reciprocity, Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108.

You may also contact the UWM Office of the Registrar at (414) 229-3796. A certification year runs from July 1 through June 30.

If you are not certified by the date fees are due, you must pay non-resident tuition and fees; the appropriate amount will be refunded upon certification by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Exchange Program Registration
If you are considering taking courses under the Marquette or MCW exchange agreement, please be aware that their registration calendars are different from UWM’s, so it is a good idea to begin the process early.

Marquette
If you need to apply as an non-degree student at Marquette for Spring 2014 enrollment, please do so as soon as possible. For information and a link to the application form, please visit the Marquette Graduate School Website or the Marquette Graduate School of Management Website. More details about Marquette registration will be available soon.

MCW
The Medical College calendar in particular is much shorter than UWM’s, and there is a significant fee for late registration. Spring registration begins November 1st and ends November 30th. If you need to apply for non-degree status at MCW to take a course in Spring 2014, please do so as soon as possible.

Visit the MCW Admission Website for a link to the online application form. If you need assistance with the process, please contact Angela Gord in the Registrar’s office at agord@mcw.edu.

The UWM Graduate School and the Medical College of Wisconsin each have accredited M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Both institutions have entered into an agreement permitting students to take courses and use the library and laboratory facilities at both schools. This formal affiliation affords unique opportunities to the institutions’ faculties and students. Little duplication exists between the graduate degree programs of the two schools. Using the resources of both institutions results in programs that strengthen the educational missions of the two schools.

Approval must be granted by both institutions before you may participate in this program. For more information about the procedures for participation, contact Chris Parks in Graduate Student Services at 414-229-6332 or ccp2@uwm.edu.

This exchange program enables graduate degree students in good standing to take courses that are not offered at their home institution without transferring and without any increase in tuition. Both institutions seek to help graduate students obtain appropriate coursework.

Approval must be granted by both institutions before you may participate in this program. For more information about the procedures for participation, contact Chris Parks in Graduate Student Services at 414229-6332 or ccp2@uwm.edu.

You will need to assemble a doctoral committee consisting of graduate faculty to guide your studies and research. This committee will also approve your dissertation proposal and serve as the doctoral examining committee for your dissertation defense. The committee is chaired by your major professor.

Following are the general Graduate School regulations for formation of the doctoral committee:
  • By the time of your dissertation proposal hearing, the committee must have at least three UWM graduate faculty members, including your chosen major professor.
  • By the time you are ready to defend your dissertation, the committee must have at least four members, including your major professor. At least three of the committee members must be UWM graduate faculty; one external member approved by the program to possess appropriate expertise is automatically accepted by the Graduate School.
Your graduate program unit may have more specific requirements for committee formation and membership.

When forming your committee, keep in mind that you will be working closely with its members for an extended period of time. Make sure to assemble a cohesive group; choosing members with similar research methods and approaches may be just as important as choosing people with closely compatible research interests. Your advisor or other mentors may provide ideas for possible committee members.

Maintain frequent contact with your committee members. If they hear from you often, they will be more likely to keep you in mind and advise you of new developments in your field or valuable research opportunities.
At any time, you may request that your advisor or members of your doctoral committee be replaced. Your advisor and committee members may also request release from their duties, with your consent. Ask your graduate program representative for more information.

In some cases, your advisor or committee members may remove themselves without your consent. These cases include:
  • The advisor or member is involved in a conflict of interest.
  • The advisor or member leaves the University.
  • You change your dissertation topic or substantially change your dissertation proposal.
Once your dissertation proposal has been approved by the advisor and dissertation committee, your advisor or committee members cannot normally remove themselves if they become dissatisfied with your progress.
All students, faculty, and staff who engage in research activity must be aware of the following requirements:
  • If your research involves human subjects, you must have prior approval from the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB).
  • If your research involves radioactive materials, biohazards, or vertebrate animals, it must be completed under the protocol or authorization of a principal investigator and/or faculty member. University Safety and Assurances coordinates research compliance for these activities.
You must certify the receipt of any required approvals when you submit your dissertation. The Graduate School will not accept a dissertation containing research data collected without required approvals.

Professors
Greenleaf, Christy, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Meyer, Barbara B., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Swartz, Ann M., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Strath, Scott J., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Associate Professors
Cobb, Stephen, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Earl Boehm, Jennifer, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Ebersole, Kyle, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Huddleston, Wendy, Ph.D., PT, Medical College of Wisconsin
Keenan, Kevin, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Klos (Neighbors), Lori, Ph.D., Cornell University
Moerchen, Victoria, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Madison
O’Connor, Kristian M., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Wang, Jinsung, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Zalewski, Kathryn R, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Assistant Professors
Arvinen-Barrow, Monna, Ph.D., University of Northampton

Non-Faculty

Clinical Professors
Susan Cashin, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Clinical Associate Professors
Laura Rooney, Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

520 Neuromechanics Research Methods. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to biomechanics and motor behavior experimental methods and instrumentation. Emphasis on understanding the research literature and research process, from study design to data analysis. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin 320(P), Math 117(P), Physics 110(R) or 120(R); or grad st or cons instr.

522 Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
Exploration of systematic qualitative analysis of human movement focusing on detecting and correcting faults in technique. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same title. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin 320(P); or grad st or cons instr.

525 Human Gross Anatomy. 6 cr. U/G.
A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

526 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Examination Techniques. 3 cr. U/G.
Students will learn roles, professional behavior expectations, and patient examination techniques. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

527 Kinesiology & Biomechanics of Normal & Abnormal Movement. 4 cr. U/G.
Principles & theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal & abnormal movement. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr; grad level Human Gross Anatomy w/lab, 8 cr undergrad Physics.

530 Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 cr. U/G.
Advanced study of the physiological responses to exercise and the adaptations to physical training. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin 330(P); Kinesiology major or intended major; or grad st.

532 Electrocardiography Interpretation. 3 cr. U/G.
In depth study of the 12 lead EKG and selected cardiovascular medications encountered in preventative and rehabilitative exercise programs. Counts as repeat of Kin 590(HMS 590) with similar title. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin 330(P); 430(R); or grad st or cons instr.

540 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. U/G.
The multiple roles of the physical therapist as a professional. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

541 Clinical Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination. 5 cr. U/G.
Instruction in the techniques of examining patients/clients. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog

550 Psychological Aspects of Human Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of the relationships between psychological factors and human physical activity. Introduction to research relevant to sport and exercise psychology. Prereq: jr st; must have obtained a grade of C or better in Kin 350(P) or cons instr.

551 Psychology of Injury/Illness/Disease: Implications/Strategies for Rehab. 3 cr. U/G.
Explores the psychological aspects of health enhancement, disease prevention, and rehabilitation as well as the integration of behavioral and biomedical sciences in treating illness. May be used by undergrads to repeat Kin 590 with same title. Prereq: Psych 101(P).

552 Psychology of Personal Excellence. 3 cr. U/G.
Research on elite athletes, performing artists, and corporate executives is used to discuss characteristics of peak performance and identify strategies to facilitate personal excellence. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st, grade of C or better in Kin 350(P); or grad st or cons instr.

553 Medical Physiology. 4 cr. U/G.
Physiological principles related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting and interaction of physiological systems during normal activities and after injury or disease. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

555 Exercise Psychology. 3 cr. U/G.
Psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity in relation to mental health and public health. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; Grade C or better in Kin 350(P) or cons instr.

556 Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors. 3 cr. U/G.
An introduction to key theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding health-related behavior and evidence-based practical approaches for promoting behavior change. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 w/same topic. Prereq: Admis to Kin major or Ath Trng major or Nutr major; Grade C or better in Kin 350(P); or grad st or cons instr.

561 Neuromechanics of Voluntary Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
An introduction to the major theoretical and empirical perspectives used to examine how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work cooperatively to produce human movement. Prereq: jr st; a grade of C or better in Kin 461(P) or cons instr.

566 Functional Neuroanatomy. 3 cr. U/G.
The anatomical basis of neuroscience in physical therapy. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

570 Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity. 3 cr. U/G.
Relationships between sociological factors and human physical activity. Introduction to research relevant to the sociology of sport and other forms of physical activity. Prereq: jr st; must have obtained a grade of C or better in Kin(P) or cons instr.

573 Body Image: Influences and Health-Related Implications. 3 cr. U/G.
In-depth examination of the multidimensional body image construct: body image development, assessment, and modification; impact on health and behavior; body image in special populations. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; Psych 101(P).

574 Obesity and Weight Management. 3 cr. U/G.
Examination of the epidemiology of obesity, genetic and environmental contributors, body weight regulation, health and psychosocial consequences, and approaches to assessment, prevention, and treatment. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in BMS 232(P) or Nutr 235(P).

575 The Social Construction of Obesity. 3 cr. U/G.
Examines how obesity is socially constructed and how it shapes conceptions of fitness and physical activity. Counts as repeat of HMS 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin 351(P); or cons instr.

590 Current Topics in Human Kinetics: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
The specific topic will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the course is offered. May be retaken to max of 9 cr. Prereq: jr st, cons instr for grad cr.

635 Pathophysiology. 2 cr. U/G.
The general inflammatory and specific pathologies of the various organ systems. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

640 Scientific Principles of Interventions. 5 cr. U/G.
The basic therapeutic interventions used to treat impairments and functional limitations in the different biological systems that lead to movement dysfunction. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog; graduate level Human Gross Anatomy course with lab; Anatomy/physiology, physics, 8 cr each with labs.

641 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Treatment. 3 cr. U/G.
The normal and abnormal structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical and other therapeutic strategies. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

642 Professionalism and Ethos of Care. 3 cr. U/G.
The ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, rights, duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship, and the role character plays in ethical decision-making. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog

643 Integument System. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of factors predisposing skin to breakdown; preventative measures, specific examination, and intervention techniques utilized in treating burns, wounds, and amputations. Prereq: Grad st, admis to DPT program; or cons instr.

680 Clinical Fieldwork I. 1 cr. U/G.
The student will be assigned to a clinically based learning experience with an emphasis on practicing recently learned clinical skills on a patient population. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

681 Fieldwork II: Basic Skills Experience. 2 cr. G.
Clinically based learning experience focusing on patient evaluation and treatment skills while fostering professional behavior through clinical mentorship. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT program; Kin 680(P); or cons instr.

699 Physical Therapy Clinical Internship Elective. 1-3 cr. U/G.
Clinical experience with practice skill acquisition, decision making, and ethical professional behaviors consistent with ethical and legal PT practice. Contact hours determined by instructor to include clinical facility work as well as any needed didactic instruction. May not be retaken for cr. Prereq: DPT student in good st & cons instr.

701 Seminar in Human Movement Sciences. 1-3 cr. G.
Research in the Human Movement Sciences subdisciplines including critical review of theories, perspectives and methods. Faculty, student presentations of current work. Retakable to 3 cr max. Prereq: grad st

702 Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses as they apply to health science research. Prereq: grad st; intro level statistics course at U/G or G level.

703 Survey of Research in the Human Movement Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Methods for multi-disciplinary human movement inquiry; problem/statistical design; critique of available literature; preliminary thesis/project design. Prereq: grad st; Kin 702(P).

706 Research & Applied Statistics in Physical Therapy. 3 cr. G.
Specific quantitative research designs and statistics with an emphasis on clinical research; methods for critically evaluating research literature. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT program; or cons instr.

709 Research Practicum. 3 cr. G.
Development of strategies for evaluating and contributing to the evidence for physical therapy practice. Students will select and critically review evidence, develop, execute and present a case report to inform best practice. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT program or cons instr.

710 Evidence Based Practice: Levels of Evidence. 1 cr. G.
Strategies for evaluating the evidence underlying physical therapy practice as a framework for creating and evaluating best practice decisions. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.

711 Evidence Based Practice: Interventions. 1 cr. G.
Focus on information access and retrieval from research literature used to inform physical therapy interventions for treatment of movement disorders. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.

712 Evidence Based Practice: Tests & Measures. 1 cr. G.
Focus on the critical analysis of published clinical research related to physical therapy tests and measures. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT program or cons instr.

713 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy. 1 cr. G.
Strategies for growth & adaptation of physical therapy practice in the context of a changing health care environment. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr

714 Evidence for Practice I. 3 cr. G.
Provides clinicians with a rubric for searching & evaluating the published literature supporting physical therapy practice & informing best practice decisions. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr

715 Evidence for Practice II. 3-6 cr. G.
Synthesis of prior coursework in the development and presentation of a clinical practice decision supported with best evidence practices. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy.

716 Seminar: The Culture of Evidence. 1 cr. G.
The role of evidence in physical therapy clinical decision making with application to current interventions. Prereq:grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr

717 Pharmacology In Rehabilitation. 2 cr. G.
Pharmacologic agents encountered in physical therapy rehabilitation settings focusing on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, biotransformation of drugs, and clinical application for relevant drug classifications. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr

718 Clinical Radiology. 1-2 cr. G.
Medical diagnostics emphasizing indications & implications for imaging studies used to augment information obtained from the physical therapy examination. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr

720 Biomechanics Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to advanced biomechanics collection techniques. Course focuses on basic programming, data collection/analysis, and presentation skills. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: grad st; Kin 520(C); or cons instr

725 Interdisciplinary Themes in Biomechanics. 3 cr. G.
Emphasis on biomechanical research themes of an interdisciplinary character. Readings drawn from primary research literature. Prereq: grad st; Kin 520(P) or cons instr.

732 Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan. 3 cr. G.
The role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various chronic conditions and diseases. Prereq: grad st; Kin 330(P) w/ grade of C or better or cons instr.

733 Advanced Physiological Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Designed to introduce students to advanced physiological testing techniques. Assumes knowledge of basic exercise testing skills, exercise physiology principles. Prereq: grad st; Kin 530(C) or cons instr.

740 Musculoskeletal: Spine. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation and treatment techniques for spinal dysfunction and injury including mechanical assessment, postural training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and modalities. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr

741 Musculoskeletal System: Lower Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.

742 Musculoskeletal: Upper Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of upper extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.

743 Health Systems Review. 2 cr. G.
Provides systems overview of screening procedures necessary to provide a comprehensive physical therapy diagnosis with an emphasis on screening for referral. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr

745 Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. G.
Explores many aspects of health / wellness. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr

746 Case-based Clinical Decision Making. 2 cr. G.
Clinical decision-making in physical therapy including formulation of a diagnosis and plan of care supported by evidence from literature. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.

761 Concepts of Human Motor Control. 3 cr. G.
A systematic examination of neuromotor control mechanisms and critical review of research in human motor behavior focusing on variables limiting or facilitating performance and/or skill acquisition. Prereq: grad st, Kin 561(P) or cons instr.

762 Research Practicum in Motor Control. 3 cr. G.
Demonstration/participation laboratory focused on human motor control experimental design. Topics include sampling, subject protection, techniques for quantification of motor performance characteristics and neuromuscular correlates. Prereq: grad st; Kin 561(P) or cons instr.

763 Neural Control of Movement. 3 cr. G.
Fundamental concepts and current issues in how the brain and other neurological structures contribute to the control of movement. Prereq: grad st, Kin 561(P) or cons instr.

764 Neurophysiology of Human Movement. 3 cr. G.
A neurophysiologic perspective on key areas of human motor control. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same topic. Prereq: grad st, Kin 561(P) or cons instr.

765 Neuromuscular: Adult. 4 cr. G.
Application of motor control and learning, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology to physical therapy examination and treatment of adults with neurological diagnosis. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.

766 Neuromuscular: Pediatric. 4 cr. G.
Pediatric onset diagnosis, related examination, interventions, clinical management, and legislation impacting pediatric physical therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.

780 Clinical Teaching. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of patient education intervention focusing on patient adherence in the context of learning theory, adult learning, and learning domains. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.

798 Independent Project. 1-6 cr. G.
Student research in consultation with and supervised by a graduate faculty member. Retakable w/ chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

799 Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study of a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervising graduate faculty member. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 6 cr. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

830 Physiological Adaptations to Exercise. 3 cr. G.
Physiological factors related to performing physical activity and exercise on a chronic basis; various environmental influences on physical performance. Prereq: grad st; a grade of C or better in Kin 530(P).

850 Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the psychology of physical activity. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 6 cr. Prereq: grad st; Kin 550(P) or cons instr.

871 Socialization and Physical Activity. 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on research relevant to the development/lack of development of physically active lifestyles. Prereq: grad st; Kin 870(P) or cons instr.

880 PT Clinical Internship I. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.

881 PT Clinical Internship II. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.

882 PT Clinical Internship III. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical faciltiy for internship practice. Prereq: Kin 881(P); DPT student in good st.

888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st.

889 Professional Physical Therapy Credential Preparation. 1 cr. G.
Guidance in preparing for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy licensing exam. Course is offered in a distance learning format. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr.

890 Capstone Project. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a research project under the supervision of the student's major professor. Not open to students selecting options A. Prereq: grad st.

891 Research Seminar. 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on the synthesis and critique of research literature within the student's primary and secondary subdisciplines. Not open to option A or C students. Prereq: grad st; completion of all or conc reg in remaining coursework for degree.

895 Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a thesis under the direction of the student's primary and secondary advisors. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
This course provides the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, with the opportunity to design, deliver, and evaluate an undergraduate course. Jointly offered w/ and counts as a repeat of BMS 909, HCA 909, OccThpy 909, and ComsDis 909. Prereq: grad st; Occ Thpy 900 (P); cons instr

910 Advanced Seminar in Health Sciences. 1 cr. G.
Faculty, graduate students, and invited guests will present their research and engage in discussion around themes of broad interest, e.g., public health. Retakable to 4 cr max. Prereq: grad st

930 Seminar in Exercise Physiology. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Evaluation of current research and methodology in exercise physiology. Retakable to 9 cr max w/change in topic. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

990 Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a thesis under the direction of the student's primary and secondary advisors. May be repeated to max of 6 cr. Not open to students selecting options B or C. Prereq: grad st.

991 Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 cr. G.
Dissertation research Prereq: grad st; admit to Ph.D. candidacy

999 Advanced Independent Study. 1-6 cr. G.
Independent study on topic selected by student and supervising graduate faculty member. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

Admission
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
  1. A bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, biology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical education, psychology, sociology, physical therapy, zoology or equivalent preparation.
  2. Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent) in statistics, human anatomy (with lab), and human physiology (with lab), as well as the coursework below corresponding to the student’s chosen area of study.

    Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
    • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
    • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
    • Psychological or sociological aspects of human behavior (or equivalent)
    • Introduction to nutrition or eating behavior
    Integrative Human Performance
    • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
    • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
    • Sport & exercise psychology
    Neuromechanics
    • Biomechanics or physics
    • Motor behavior or a psychology course including human movement
  3. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Two letters of recommendation to the Department’s Kinesiology Graduate Program Director from persons familiar with applicant’s academic ability and achievement.
For more specific information about departmental requirements for admission, please visit the Kinesiology Department website.

Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters.

The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree. Applicants with undergraduate majors in areas other than those noted in this section may be admitted on a similar basis.

Applicants should visit the UWM M.S. Kinesiology website for additional information and deadlines.

Major Professor as Advisor
The Graduate School requires that each student have a major professor to advise, supervise and approve the program of study before registering for courses. Each student will be assigned an advisor upon admission based on the declared area of concentration.

Credits and Courses
The minimum degree requirement is 33 graduate credits for Option A and B. Option A and B students must take 6 credits of core courses: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences (KIN 702) or equivalent, and Survey of Kinesiology Research (KIN 703) or Foundations of Clinical Research (KIN 705), or equivalent.

Students are expected to identify an area of study and complete a minimum of nine credits of coursework in that area. Students will also be required to take a minimum of 12 credits (thesis) or 15 credits (capstone project) of electives that will serve as specialization courses. Elective courses may be selected from inside and outside the Department of Kinesiology.

Students prepare a research thesis, which will earn 6 credits within the required 33 graduate credit minimum. Each student is responsible for identifying a major professor and a thesis committee before completing 12 graduate credits. The thesis committee should consist of a minimum of three graduates Faculty: the major professor from the student’s primary area of study, a departmental faculty member from the primary area of study, and one other departmental or other UWM graduate faculty member. The thesis committee approves a program of studies designed to lead the student into the thesis research area. To make subsequent changes, the student must petition the departmental Graduate Faculty Committee prior to any intended change.

Comprehensive Examination
The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed thesis.

Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Of the 33 graduate credits required, students must successfully complete a minimum of 3, repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits of KIN 890 – Research Project

Comprehensive Examination
The student must pass comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed project.

Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Admission
In addition to meeting the UWM Graduate School’s criteria for admission, applicants to the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology must also:
  1. Possess, or be in the process of completing, a M.S. degree in Kinesiology or closely related field. In exceptional cases, applicants with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology or closely related field who demonstrate significant involvement in research and exceptional academic achievement may be considered for admission.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae that includes all academic institutions attended, degrees achieved, and academic and professional accomplishments (e.g., publications, presentations).
  3. Submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores from the GRE General Test taken within five years of the application date.
  4. Demonstrate, through submission of official transcripts from all institutions attended, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the highest degree program in which the student enrolled and/or completed. Particular attention will be paid to grades in classes that are relevant to the selected area of emphasis for the Ph.D. Kinesiology program. Applicants currently enrolled in a baccalaureate program must demonstrate a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Solicit two confidential letters of recommendation from previous university instructors and/or faculty advisors. These letters should be sent directly from the letter writer to the program director.
  6. Submit a writing sample from a research project in which the applicant was involved. Acceptable writing samples include, but are not limited to, submitted/published manuscripts, submitted/published abstracts, review of literature, report of a completed research project, research proposal, etc.
  7. Submit a letter of intent that addresses the applicant’s research interests (including intended area of emphasis and advisor at UWM) conducted research, ongoing research and career goals.
The final admission decision is contingent upon the availability of a faculty member to serve as primary advisor for the student.

Major Professor as Advisor
The Graduate School requires that each doctoral student have a major professor to advise, supervise and approve the program of study before registering for courses. The major professor also serves as a research mentor, the chair of the dissertation committee, and chair of the committee hearing the dissertation defense. Each student will be assigned an advisor upon admission based on area of research interest. The major professor must have graduate faculty status.

Course of Study
The program requires students to complete a minimum of 58 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree, or a minimum of 79 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is comprised of five main components: (1) Core curriculum, (2) Area of emphasis curriculum, (3) Cognate, (4) Electives, and (5) Dissertation. All coursework will be decided upon and approved by the student and their Ph.D. committee.

Credit distribution will be as follows:
Students entering with a M.S.Students entering with a B.S.
Core Curriculum16 credits22 credits
Area of Emphasis Curriculum15 credits21 credits
Cognate9 credits12 credits
Electives6 credits12 credits
Dissertation12 credits12 credits
TOTAL58 credits79 credits
All credits listed are minimum required credits for the program.

Core Curriculum
The core curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for students to conduct sound and innovative research, and to develop as a scholar. Coursework included in the core curriculum focuses on research methodology and design, statistical analysis, ethical conduct of research, professional development, and teaching and learning coursework.

FocusCoursesCredits
SeminarKIN 901 or other comparable option1 credit repeated 4 times
Teaching and learning courseKIN 909; OST 9903 credits
Research methodology and designKIN 705 or comparable option3 credits
StatisticsPossible eligible courses include, but are not limited to: KIN 702, SocWrk 961, SocWrk 962, SocWrk 963, SocWrk 964.6 credits (minimum)
Area of Emphasis Curriculum
Students will propose an area of emphasis in consultation with their advisor and take an array of courses, offered within and outside the Department of Kinesiology, that explore the main dimensions of that area. The academic area of specialization within Kinesiology will be identified prior to the student’s entry into the program. The student’s doctoral committee will be charged with reviewing their program of study to ensure that sufficient doctoral level coursework will be/has been completed.

Cognate
The cognate area, within or outside Kinesiology, will complement the student’s area of concentration (e.g., Area of emphasis: Exercise Physiology; Cognate: Nutrition), and will be identified by the end of the first year of coursework. Coursework in the cognate may include classes offered within and/or outside the Department of Kinesiology. As with the area of emphasis curriculum, the student’s doctoral committee will be charged with reviewing the program of study to ensure that sufficient doctoral level coursework will be/has been completed.

Electives
Students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by taking supplemental courses in teaching and learning, grantsmanship, manuscript preparation, professional development, and other areas that complement their program of study.

Dissertation
The completion of a dissertation, consisting of original research, will be the final step in earning a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In addition to formal coursework, students are required to successfully complete a preliminary examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation defense. It is expected that this degree will take an average of four to five years for a full-time student to successfully complete.

Preliminary Exam
After students successfully complete the required credits of didactic coursework in the Core, Area of Emphasis, and Cognate areas, the student will sit for the preliminary examination. The preliminary examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding related to coursework taken in the area of emphasis, cognate area, as well as research methodology and statistics. Specifically, the purpose of the preliminary exam is to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their current knowledge, and ability to apply and integrate knowledge gained in classes with the current body of literature and in their own research. The preliminary examination process must be successfully completed before a student can formally become a dissertator, and must be completed within five years of initial doctoral program enrollment.

The preliminary exam format will consist of the following:

Area of Emphasis Examination
One written exam where the student will not have access to notes or other materials. The exam will require students to demonstrate their understanding of fundamental ideas, theories, and/or concepts within their area of emphasis.

Cognate Examination
One written exam where the student will not have access to notes or other materials. The exam will require students to demonstrate their understanding of fundamental ideas, theories, and/or concepts within their area of emphasis.

Integrative Examination
The student will prepare a grant proposal (format approved by doctoral committee) and orally defend their grant proposal to their doctoral committee. This written and oral exam will focus on a topic related to their area of emphasis, but not the student’s primary dissertation research question. The topic must be agreed upon by the student and their committee. The Integrative examination will provide the student an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze, evaluate, and hypothesize on research and theory pertaining to a selected area of Kinesiology.

Appeals Process
Any appeal (grades, preliminary exam decision, dissertation proposal decision, etc.) initiated by the student must follow the appropriate steps for appeals as outlined by the Graduate School.

The Dissertation Process

Upon successful completion of the preliminary examinations, the student submits a written dissertation proposal to the doctoral committee and conducts a public oral presentation of the proposed research. Notification of the oral presentation will be publicly posted ten business days (two calendar weeks) prior to the presentation. The committee then votes on whether to allow the student to move forward with the plan presented. Committee approval of the dissertation proposal establishes agreement on the plan and confirms that the student has adequate preparation to complete the research.

Per UWM Graduate School guidelines, “Any significant changes to the dissertation as presented in the proposal hearing must be approved. A new proposal and proposal hearing are required.”

The dissertation is a major piece of original research representing a substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge. The student’s major professor and doctoral committee provide guidance in completing the dissertation. The final written document may follow a traditional or manuscript format.
  • For dissertations following the traditional dissertation format, the formatting of the dissertation document will follow guidelines published by the UWM Graduate School and consist of an introduction, review of literature, method, results and discussion sections.
  • For dissertations following the manuscript format, the dissertation document will follow guidelines published by the UWM Graduate School and consist of an in introduction to the content area and line of research, two to four manuscripts, a summary of the impact of the current work on the existing body of literature, and an overall conclusion.

The student must present and defend the dissertation in a public forum. Successful completion of the dissertation defense will require approval by a majority of doctoral committee members.


Time Limit
In accordance with Graduate School policy, all degree requirements must be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program.

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