PhD or EdD: Which One Is Right for You?

Whether you choose a PhD or an EdD as the next step in your study of kinesiology, it is a terminal degree, representing the pinnacle of academic achievement. Both types of doctorates are highly respected and will give you a good grounding in carrying out in-depth research. But there are some key differences when it comes to how that research is applied.

The PhD

Our Kinesiology PhD is designed to prepare you for a career in academia or research. Graduates will be prepared to publish their own work and collaborate with other researchers, as well as teach at the post-secondary level.

The PhD program features additional courses beyond those of the EdD program, since there is a stronger focus on research. Our PhD program features 55 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation.

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The EdD

Our Kinesiology EdD is designed to help you apply research to solve real-world problems. Graduates will be prepared to pursue leadership roles within corporate wellness, higher education, professional sports organizations, and more, in addition to teaching at the post-secondary level. Those pursuing an EdD typically work firsthand with clients, rather than working primarily with other scholars.

Our EdD program features 49 credit hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation.

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Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

Next Start Date: September 6, 2022
Application Deadline: August 23, 2022
Tuition $690/semester credit hour
Program Length: 67 semester credit hours

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Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Next Start Date: September 6, 2022
Application Deadline: August 23, 2022
Tuition: $690/semester credit hour
Program Length: 61 semester credit hours

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