Unsure if an EdD or a PhD is the right choice for you? Learn more about both doctorate degrees in our infographic below:
Which is Right For You: EdD or PhD?
While an EdD and a PhD program are both doctorate programs, they have very different focuses that lead to different career outcomes. In general, an EdD allows you to apply your research to real world problems. A PhD tends to be more academically focused, and concentrates on theory. An EdD takes between 4 and 5 years to complete and can be done while working, while a PhD typically takes between 5 and 6 years to complete, but can take longer if you work. Because of the online format of Concordia St. Paul’s PhD and EdD programs, both can be completed while continuing your work.
EdD programs aim to give you industry relevant experience, and prepare you for leadership roles within the field. PhD programs prepare you for a role in research or academia, typically in a university or lab setting. Both types of doctorate are well respected and will give you an excellent grounding in carrying out in depth research. They key difference is in how that research is applied.
Looking for a doctorate program in Kinesiology? Our PhD and EdD programs will give you the expertise to stand out in the field. Learn more about our PhD in Kinesiology, or learn more about our EdD in Kinesiology.