In May 2020, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approved Concordia University, St. Paul to add a doctorate in education (EdD) in Kinesiology, further expanding the University’s growing health care offerings.

“We are excited to be in a position to have an opportunity to add the EdD in Kinesiology as it is an emerging area of need that aligns perfectly with Concordia’s strategic plan to offer relevant, practitioner-based programs,”  Dean of CSP’s College of Health and Science Dr. Katie Fischer said. “This addition will also provide a natural pathway for students enrolled in our exercise science programs and students in professional healthcare doctorate programs to pursue a terminal degree here at CSP.”

There is a growing need to build and evolve kinesiology programs, as recent data shows occupations for kinesiology and exercise science graduates are projected to grow at an average of 15 percent over the next 10 years.

Concordia St. Paul’s EdD in Kinesiology program is to be offered fully online, making it the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota, allowing greater reach to students all across the country. It is expected to begin this fall with cohorts starting on a rolling basis in 2021.

CSP currently offers three bachelor’s degrees (BA, BS, accelerated BA) along with a master’s degree in exercise science. The undergraduate program is one of the largest in terms of enrollment at Concordia.