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Kinesiology EdD

  • $615 per credit hour
  • 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, payment plans and scholarships for those who qualify. Many students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers.

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 to download a form to provide to your recommenders.

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.

Core Curriculum

KHS 7900-7903
Seminar in Kinesiology (1-4)

  1. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on selecting the dissertation topic, identifying a dissertation advisor, and drafting the Introduction.
  2. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on forming the dissertation committee and drafting the Literature Review.
  3. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on drafting the Methodology.
  4. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor, placing special focus on drafting a dissertation prospectus.

KHS7000
Current Issues and Trends in Kinesiology

This course prepares students to analyze current problems, issues, and trends impacting kinesiology professions. The emphasis is on selecting and discussing emerging and controversial topics from research and everyday experiences that lead to action. Leadership principles are examined as students develop and identify leadership strategies, tools and applications to successfully implement a personal mission and vision statement.

KHS7010
Medical Aspects of Exercise and Disease Prevention

This course utilizes an epidemiological approach to examine the relationship between physical activity and health and/or disease outcomes. Emphasis is on the role of exercise in preventative medicine. Topics include the impact of exercise on various diseases, and the effect of various medical conditions on the ability to participate in vigorous exercise and competitive sports.

KHS7020
Exercise and Health Behavior Change

Advanced analysis of theoretical health behavior models and their application to physical activity behavior. Includes practical techniques, tools and interventions (e.g., counseling skills, motivational interviewing) to enhance exercise adherence and motivation across the lifespan.

KHS7030
Professional Ethics and Program Management Kinesiology

This course examines ethical and socio-cultural issues that kinesiology students will face during their training and professional practice emphasizing conceptual frameworks needed to articulate concerns and engage in meaningful dialogue with others. Topics include the application of ethical program management, financial management, legal issues, and evaluation and planning.

Research Methods and Statistics (12 Credit Hours)

KHS7800
Action Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of action research methods in order to solve a kinesiology problem. Students examine unique and emerging proactive and responsive action research that generates knowledge and results in practical outcomes for participants.

KHS7810
Applied Measurement and Evaluation Techniques in Kinesiology

This course examines advanced testing procedures for collecting and analyzing data while applying results to real-life situations in kinesiology. Topics including testing techniques for knowledge, skill, fitness, and attitudes. The emphasis is on evidence-based decision making that can be applied to professions in kinesiology.

KHS7820
Research Applications in Kinesiology

This course explores important practical considerations for applying quantitative and qualitative kinesiology research. Emphasis is placed on real-world examples of how research is effectively accessed, interpreted, and used in professional kinesiology settings.

KHS7830
Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology

This course builds on the previous course, but with an intentional focus on the dissertation topic of interest for each student.  In-depth research strategies, data reliability and credibility, and the IRB process are discussed and completed during this course. Students schedule the dissertation proposal during this course.

Exercise Science Concentration (12 Credit Hours)

KHS7100
Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

This course examines the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the cardiovascular system, with an emphasis on understanding the regulatory mechanism that controls the cardiovascular system at rest and in response to aerobic and resistance exercises.

KHS7100
Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

This course examines the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the cardiovascular system, with an emphasis on understanding the regulatory mechanism that controls the cardiovascular system at rest and in response to aerobic and resistance exercises.

KHS7110
Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology

This course provides an in-depth analysis of the structural basis for muscular contraction, regulation of energy metabolism during exercise, and adaptations of the neuromuscular system in response to aerobic and resistance exercise.

KHS7120
Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition

This course examines the role of nutrient selection, metabolism, and timing play in supporting and improving health and human performance. Topics include nutrient bioenergetics, optimizing nutrient timing, micronutrients and macronutrients, ergogenic aids, thermoregulation, fluid balance, and weight management.

KHS7130
Advanced Exercise and Sport Psychology

This course is designed to prepare students to apply practical and theoretical psychological principles to individuals participating in exercise and sport. Emphasis is placed on theory and research on motivation, personality, cognition, self-efficacy, leadership effectiveness, attributions, attitudes, and group dynamics.

Cognate (9 credit Hours – Select three courses)

KHS7200
Advanced Biomechanics in Exercise Science

This course examines qualitative and quantitative elements and physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone physiology, muscle mechanics, and connective tissue principles. Sport techniques and environmental conditions (e.g., friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Biomechanical implications of sport and fitness skill performance will be analyzed for mechanical efficiency and effectiveness.

KHS7210
Advanced Exercise Physiology

The physiological responses to exercise performance and the effects of physical activity on the body’s functions are examined in theory and application.

KHS7220
Advanced Mechanisms of Skilled Neuromuscular Behavior

This course examines the integration of thought processes with the human body to produce skilled motor performance. Theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of motor behavior are examined and applied to significant systems involving gross motor learning and control in sport and exercise.

KHS7230
Advanced Exercise Prescription

This course focuses upon the design of individualized exercise programs and prescriptions in health and disease. Knowledge of skills necessary for safe and effective application of these prescriptions for members of diverse populations as well as the prevention and maintenance of chronic disease are emphasized.

KHS7240
Advanced Strength & Conditioning

Students examine the essential physiological and biomechanical basis of resistance training principles and how they can influence training and program design. Topics include exercise techniques (resistance training, flexibility exercises, plyometrics, speed and agility), training adaptations, program design, structure and function of body systems, and techniques for evaluating various aspects of fitness.

Dissertation (12 Credit Hours)

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 LaMott, 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. 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.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
312-263-0456 / 800-621-7440
Fax: 312-623-7462
info@hlcommission.org

Kinesiology EdD

  • $615 per credit hour
  • 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, payment plans and scholarships for those who qualify. Many students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers.

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 to download a form to provide to your recommenders.

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.

Core Curriculum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
KHS 7900-7903 Seminar in Kinesiology (1-4)

  1. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on selecting the dissertation topic, identifying a dissertation advisor, and drafting the Introduction.
  2. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on forming the dissertation committee and drafting the Literature Review.
  3. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Special focus is placed on drafting the Methodology.
  4. This course provides students the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation in collaboration with a faculty mentor, placing special focus on drafting a dissertation prospectus.
4
KHS7000 Current Issues and Trends in Kinesiology

This course prepares students to analyze current problems, issues, and trends impacting kinesiology professions. The emphasis is on selecting and discussing emerging and controversial topics from research and everyday experiences that lead to action. Leadership principles are examined as students develop and identify leadership strategies, tools and applications to successfully implement a personal mission and vision statement.

3
KHS7010 Medical Aspects of Exercise and Disease Prevention

This course utilizes an epidemiological approach to examine the relationship between physical activity and health and/or disease outcomes. Emphasis is on the role of exercise in preventative medicine. Topics include the impact of exercise on various diseases, and the effect of various medical conditions on the ability to participate in vigorous exercise and competitive sports.

3
KHS7020 Exercise and Health Behavior Change

Advanced analysis of theoretical health behavior models and their application to physical activity behavior. Includes practical techniques, tools and interventions (e.g., counseling skills, motivational interviewing) to enhance exercise adherence and motivation across the lifespan.

3
KHS7030 Professional Ethics and Program Management Kinesiology

This course examines ethical and socio-cultural issues that kinesiology students will face during their training and professional practice emphasizing conceptual frameworks needed to articulate concerns and engage in meaningful dialogue with others. Topics include the application of ethical program management, financial management, legal issues, and evaluation and planning.

3
Research Methods and Statistics (12 Credit Hours)
KHS7800 Action Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of action research methods in order to solve a kinesiology problem. Students examine unique and emerging proactive and responsive action research that generates knowledge and results in practical outcomes for participants.

3
KHS7810 Applied Measurement and Evaluation Techniques in Kinesiology

This course examines advanced testing procedures for collecting and analyzing data while applying results to real-life situations in kinesiology. Topics including testing techniques for knowledge, skill, fitness, and attitudes. The emphasis is on evidence-based decision making that can be applied to professions in kinesiology.

3
KHS7820 Research Applications in Kinesiology

This course explores important practical considerations for applying quantitative and qualitative kinesiology research. Emphasis is placed on real-world examples of how research is effectively accessed, interpreted, and used in professional kinesiology settings.

3
KHS7830 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology

This course builds on the previous course, but with an intentional focus on the dissertation topic of interest for each student.  In-depth research strategies, data reliability and credibility, and the IRB process are discussed and completed during this course. Students schedule the dissertation proposal during this course.

3
Exercise Science Concentration (12 Credit Hours)
KHS7100 Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

This course examines the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the cardiovascular system, with an emphasis on understanding the regulatory mechanism that controls the cardiovascular system at rest and in response to aerobic and resistance exercises.

3
KHS7110 Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology

This course provides an in-depth analysis of the structural basis for muscular contraction, regulation of energy metabolism during exercise, and adaptations of the neuromuscular system in response to aerobic and resistance exercise.

3
KHS7120 Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition

This course examines the role of nutrient selection, metabolism, and timing play in supporting and improving health and human performance. Topics include nutrient bioenergetics, optimizing nutrient timing, micronutrients and macronutrients, ergogenic aids, thermoregulation, fluid balance, and weight management.

3
KHS7130 Advanced Exercise and Sport Psychology

This course is designed to prepare students to apply practical and theoretical psychological principles to individuals participating in exercise and sport. Emphasis is placed on theory and research on motivation, personality, cognition, self-efficacy, leadership effectiveness, attributions, attitudes, and group dynamics.

3
Cognate (9 credit Hours – Select three courses)
KHS7200 Advanced Biomechanics in Exercise Science

This course examines qualitative and quantitative elements and physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone physiology, muscle mechanics, and connective tissue principles. Sport techniques and environmental conditions (e.g., friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Biomechanical implications of sport and fitness skill performance will be analyzed for mechanical efficiency and effectiveness.

3
KHS7210 Advanced Exercise Physiology

The physiological responses to exercise performance and the effects of physical activity on the body’s functions are examined in theory and application.

3
KHS7220 Advanced Mechanisms of Skilled Neuromuscular Behavior

This course examines the integration of thought processes with the human body to produce skilled motor performance. Theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of motor behavior are examined and applied to significant systems involving gross motor learning and control in sport and exercise.

3
KHS7230 Advanced Exercise Prescription

This course focuses upon the design of individualized exercise programs and prescriptions in health and disease. Knowledge of skills necessary for safe and effective application of these prescriptions for members of diverse populations as well as the prevention and maintenance of chronic disease are emphasized.

3
KHS7240 Advanced Strength & Conditioning

Students examine the essential physiological and biomechanical basis of resistance training principles and how they can influence training and program design. Topics include exercise techniques (resistance training, flexibility exercises, plyometrics, speed and agility), training adaptations, program design, structure and function of body systems, and techniques for evaluating various aspects of fitness.

3
Dissertation (12 Credit Hours)

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 LaMott, 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. 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.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
312-263-0456 / 800-621-7440
Fax: 312-623-7462
info@hlcommission.org

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