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2022 Most Popular Doctor's Degree Colleges for Health & Physical Education

60 Colleges in the United States
306 Doctor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your doctor's degree in health and physical education, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #68 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many colleges that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 60 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the most popular for health and physical education students pursuing a doctor's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 306 doctor's degrees in health and physical education during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School for Your Doctor's Degree

Most Popular Doctor's Degree Colleges for Health & Physical Education Your choice of school for getting your doctor's degree in phys ed matters. One of the reasons we created our Most Popular Doctor's Degree Colleges for Health & Physical Education ranking is to help you make that choice.

A high popularity ranking isn't always a sign that a school has a great overall quality ranking for health and physical education, but it does mean that many students are choosing the school for some reason. Sometimes this is because the school offers a great educational experience, it is a good value, or it is highly focused on the program.

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This is not our only ranking, nor the only degree level we have ranked. In addition to this ranking, you may want to take at the rankings for different degree levels as called out above. You can also narrow your search by location by filtering for a certain area of the country. On top of that, you can visit our other rankings for health and physical education.

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The following list ranks the most popular colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in health and physical education.

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20 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In OR
#1 Best Quality In OR

You'll be surrounded by many like-minded peers at University of Western States if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in health and physical education. Western States Chiropractic College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Portland. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Oregon.

There were about 20 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Western States Chiropractic College in the most recent data year.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
18 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In MI
#2 Best Quality In MI

You'll be surrounded by many like-minded peers at Michigan State University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in health and physical education. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #2 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Michigan.

There were approximately 18 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year.

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13 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In IL
#2 Best Quality In IL

Concordia University, Chicago is one of the most popular schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in health and physical education. Concordia University, Chicago is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of River Forest. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #2 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Illinois.

There were about 13 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Concordia University, Chicago in the most recent data year.

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12 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In NC
#1 Best Quality In NC

Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in health and physical education has to check out University of North Carolina at Greensboro. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Greensboro. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in North Carolina.

There were about 12 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UNC Greensboro in the most recent data year.

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12 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In CO
#1 Best Quality In CO

University of Northern Colorado is one of the most popular schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in health and physical education. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Greeley. This isn't the only ranking where the school placed. It's also #1 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Colorado.

There were approximately 12 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Northern Colorado in the most recent year we have data available.

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11 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In TX
#5 Best Quality In TX

Located in the midsize city of Denton, TWU is a public university with a large student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #5 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Texas.

There were roughly 11 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at TWU in the most recent data year.

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11 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In OH
#1 Best Quality In OH

Ohio State is a very large public university located in the city of Columbus. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Ohio.

There were about 11 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Ohio State in the most recent data year.

More information about a doctorate in health and physical education from Ohio State University - Main Campus

11 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In AL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham, UAB is a public university with a very large student population.

There were about 11 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UAB in the most recent year we have data available.

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11 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In TN
#1 Best Quality In TN

Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public university with a very large student population. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Tennessee.

There were about 11 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Knoxville in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a doctorate in health and physical education from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

10 Annual Doctor's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In AL
#2 Best Quality In AL

The Academy is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Daphne. This isn't the only ranking where the school placed. It's also #2 in quality for doctor's degrees in health and physical education in Alabama.

There were approximately 10 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at The Academy in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Doctor's Degree Colleges for Health & Physical Education award.

Rank College Location
10 United States Sports Academy Daphne, AL
12 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
13 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
13 University of Houston Houston, TX
15 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
15 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
15 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
15 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
15 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

Health & Physical Education by Region

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Middle Atlantic
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Health & Physical Education is one of 4 different types of Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies programs to choose from.

Phys Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 214
Sports Management 31
Sports Kinesiology and Physical Education/Fitness General 22
Sports Studies 20
Outdoor Health & Physical Education/Fitness 19

Related Major Annual Graduates
Recreation Administration 24
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 14
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 5

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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