Concordia University St. Paul’s Online Doctorate in Kinesiology (EdD) features an action-oriented program designed to prepare students for expertise in the study of human movement and physical activity. The program emphasizes relevant techniques for applying advanced exercise and sport science-related principles in a variety of academic and clinical contexts. The dissertation process follows the Carnegie Model for applied research allowing students to engage in industry-relevant projects.

  • Action-oriented graduate program
  • Focus on human movement and physical activity
  • Industry-relevant exercise and sport science related course content
  • Dissertation follows the Carnegie Model for applied research
  • High transferability of courses from other graduate programs

This rigorous program includes 49 credit hours of course work and 12 hours of dissertation.  Our expert faculty will prepare you to take the next step in your career.

Now Enrolling for Fall 2020

Tuition $615 / credit hour

Program Length 61 Credit Hours

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Kinesiology EdD

  • $615 per credit hour + technology fee
  • 61 Credit Hours

Pursuing your graduate degree is an important decision for you and your family, and the cost of tuition is a significant consideration.

If you’ve looked at comparable degree programs you already know that Concordia offers a superior private college education at an affordable price. Many adult students assume they aren’t eligible for financial aid, but you’ll be glad to know that Concordia offers a variety of sources to help you pay for your education, including state and federal loans and grants, payment plans and scholarships for those who qualify. Many students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employer.

Applying for financial aid doesn’t take long and it’s worth the effort! Our financial aid specialists can answer your questions and help determine the best plan for you.

For more information, visit Graduate Tuition & Financial Aid.

1. Online Application

2. Official College Transcripts

  • Submit official transcripts from an accreditor recognized by the US Department of Education stating the conferral of a Master’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

3. Writing Sample

  • Those seeking admission into the Doctorate in Kinesiology program should submit a Master’s-level scholarly work that includes APA in-text citations and references. A sample of work from a previous Master’s program and/or professional doctorate will be acceptable.

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Students seeking admission to the Doctorate in Kinesiology program should arrange to have two letters of recommendation completed by professionals who can speak to their greatest strengths and successes.  It is recommended that these letters speak specifically to the applicant’s work ethic, disposition and academic ability.
  • To get started, click here and enter the information for each recommender. Concordia University, St. Paul will email the form directly to the recommender on your behalf.

5. Current Resume and Professional Goal Statement

  • Provide a copy of your resume and a brief statement detailing your motivation for pursuing a doctorate in kinesiology and your persistence toward achieving long-term goals.

Kinesiology Core (16 Credit Hours)

KHS 7900-7903Seminar in Kinesiology (1-4)4 cr
KHS7000Current Issues and Trends in Kinesiology3 cr
KHS7010Medical Aspects of Exercise and Disease Prevention3 cr
KHS7020Exercise and Health Behavior Change3 cr
KHS7030Professional Ethics and Program Management Kinesiology3 cr


Research Methods and Statistics (12 Credit Hours) 

KHS7800Action Research in Kinesiology3 cr
KHS7810Applied Measurement and Evaluation Techniques in Kinesiology3 cr
KHS7820Research Applications in Kinesiology3 cr
KHS7830Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology3 cr


Exercise Science Concentration (12 Credit Hours) 

KHS7100Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise3 cr
KHS7110Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology3 cr
KHS7120Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition3 cr
KHS7130Advanced Exercise and Sport Psychology3 cr


Cognate (9 credit Hours – Select three courses)

KHS7200Advanced Biomechanics in Exercise Science3 cr
KHS7210Advanced Exercise Physiology3 cr
KHS7220Advanced Mechanisms of Skilled Neuromuscular Behavior3 cr
KHS7230Advanced Exercise Prescription3 cr
KHS7240Advanced Strength & Conditioning3 cr


Dissertation (12 Credit Hours)

KHS 7950Dissertation12 cr

Dr. Lana Huberty, Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department Chair

Dr. Huberty joined the faculty at Concordia University, St. Paul in the summer of 2013, bringing with her a wealth of industry practice in both private and public sport and recreation settings.

Dr. Matthew Buns, EdD Kinesiology Program Director

Dr. Matthew Buns is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science, Program Chair of the graduate Exercise Science program, and Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach.

Dr. Katie Fischer, Dean of the College of Health and Science

Dr. Katie Fischer serves as the Dean of the College of Health and Science at Concordia University, St. Paul. Since joining the faculty in 2010, she has developed and taught in-class and online courses related to public health, exercise science, and health care administration. Dr. Fischer’s background in higher education includes administration of in-class and online programs, development of new programs, and collaborative programming.

Dr. Eric Lamont, Provost, Chief Operating Officer, and Professor of Kinesiology

Eric E. Lamott is Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Concordia University, St. Paul and was named Interim CEO in July 2019. Dr. LaMott serves as the chief operating officer as well as chief information officer. He reports directly to the president and has the responsibility of executing the strategic plan through the day-to-day operation. The chief financial officer, chief academic officer, and chief enrollment officers report to him.

A doctoral degree in Kinesiology from Concordia University, St. Paul can open many doors.  Graduates may pursue career advancement in education, research, and health and wellness, often in leadership roles.  View a list of opportunities available to those with an EdD in Kinesiology.  Please note some positions may require additional education, experience, or certification.

Concordia University, Saint Paul is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University has been accredited since 1959, with reaffirmation of accreditation in 2018. The next reaffirmation of accreditation is in 2028.

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