Health, Leisure and Human Performance, Ph.D. - Online
Option: Leisure Studies
Why study Leisure Studies, Ph.D. online through OSU?
The online PhD program in Health, Leisure and Human Performance with an option in
Leisure Studies, is designed to develop future faculty and researchers in recreational
therapy and recreation and athletic management concentrations. We are one of only
three programs in the nation that prepares future recreational therapy faculty members.
Our focus is on scholars discovering and disseminating knowledge to better understand
human behavior and enhance quality of life.
The online PhD program is designed to develop students to be future faculty members
who have strong teaching and research training. To meet the needs of online program
students, individualized educational plans are designed to allow for flexibility and
specialization in students’ academic paths, core courses in the online PhD program
are taught asynchronously and faculty provide students with mentorship.
This 100-percent online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning
platform. All doctoral coursework is offered in a 16-week format during Fall and Spring
semesters, and 3-8 weeks in the Summer semesters. Students enrolled full time can
expect to complete the online PhD in 2-4 academic years, depending on credit hour
within higher education settings
This 60-credit hour program includes 15 hours of dissertation, 15 hours of research
and methodology, 15 hours of teaching and higher education and 15 hours of cognate
approved by students’ committees for research specialization.
Cognate hours can include coursework in:
Building level leadership
College and online teaching
Community recreation development
Hospitality and tourism analytics
Infant mental health, special education
Learning and motivation
Statistical methods and analyses
Substance abuse counseling
Curriculum for this online PhD program has been specifically designed to develop future
faculty members. Due to the nature of an online program, certain classes are required
to be conducted in the realm of teaching in order to best prepare students for stepping
into the classroom as faculty members.
Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are strongly
encouraged to apply no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester they
are applying for. If interested in Recreational Therapy, the individual will need
to hold current credentials in the professional area. To apply to the program, the
following must be provided: