Concordia University St. Paul’s Online Doctorate in Kinesiology (PhD) features a research-centered program designed to prepare students for expertise in the study of human movement and physical activity. The program emphasizes relevant techniques for contributing to knowledge and applying advanced exercise and sport science-related principles in a variety of contexts.

The PhD is ideal for individuals looking to conduct in-depth research, and enter a career within academia or research. Additional courses relating to research will help prepare you to conduct and publish your own work.

The purpose of our dissertation process is to create knowledge through the development of student investigative skills, methodological and analysis skills, and ethical behavior. The dissertation process will emphasize relevant research techniques, which will require a significant contribution to knowledge and demonstrate independent and creative thought and work. Graduates holding our PhD are expected to have developed an in-depth program of research and demonstrate expertise in performing research.

This rigorous program includes 55 semester credit hours of coursework and 12 semester credit hours of dissertation.  Our expert faculty will prepare you to take the next step in your career.

Kinesiology Doctorate (PhD)

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

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Program Information

Kinesiology PhD

  • $690 per credit hour
  • 67 semester credit hours

Pursuing your graduate degree is an important decision for you and your family. 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, 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 the Doctorate in Kinesiology and your persistence toward achieving long-term goals.

Core Curriculum

KHS7900, 7901, 7902, and 7903

Seminar in Kinesiology I, II, III, and IV

These four one-credit-hour courses provide 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 (KHS7900); forming the dissertation committee and drafting the Literature Review (KHS7901); drafting the Methodology (KHS7902); and drafting the dissertation prospectus (KHS7903).

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 in 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.

KHS7820

Research Methods in Kinesiology

This course explores important practical considerations for applying quantitative and qualitative kinesiology research. Emphasis is placedon 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.

KHS7550

Qualitative Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an in-depth examination of qualitative research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

KHS7600

Quantitative Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of quantitative research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

KHS7650

Mixed Methods Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of mixed methods research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

KHS7700

Advanced Topics in Statistics: Experimental Design

This course covers a selected advanced topic in statistics. This course examines various designs that can be applied to a study that results in valid and objective conclusions.

KHS7100

Advanced 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.

KHS7120

Advanced Exercise & 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.

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.

KHS8000

Dissertation (12 Credit Hours)

Dr. Matthew Buns

Areas of interest: Mechanisms of expertise in sport and motor performance, cognitive and psychological factors related to children’s motor skill, the development of expertise in teaching and coaching, environmental support and self-efficacy in physical education

Dr. Josh Dexheimer

Areas of interest: Sport and exercise physiology, sport science and performance, CrossFit, high-intensity functional training, running performance (critical speed and three-minute all-out test), and NMES and TENS for training and therapeutic intervention

Dr. Katie Fischer

Areas of interest: Educational leadership, public health, physical activity interventions, stress management, and program development and implementation

Veronica Foster

Areas of interest: Orthopedic injuries, neuromuscular and cardiorespiratory physiology, motor control and learning, biomechanics, and health education and behavior

Eder Garavito

Areas of interest: Physical therapy; movement science; exercise prescription; social determinants of health; faculty recruitment and retention; teaching, education, and learning sciences; learning design and technology; knowledge transfer

Dr. Stephanie Hamilton

Areas of interest: Biomechanics, current issues and trends in kinesiology, the effects of age on muscle tissue, human balance changes with age, use of musculoskeletal models to estimate muscle tissue characteristics

Dr. Lana Huberty

Areas of interest: Student internship experience evaluation and reviews; women’s leadership within collegiate athletics; mascot influence on university brand; international LEED sport facilities; health promotion in rural populations; and leadership in sport, exercise, and higher education

Dr. Hoda Kadouh

Areas of interest: Nutrition in sport and exercise performance, exercise and health behavior change, lifestyle interventions for diet and weight management, medical aspects of exercise and disease prevention, and social support and counseling for weight management

Dr. Eric LaMott

Areas of interest: General concepts in kinesiology and higher education, sport psychology, applied training and performance analysis, endurance athletics, and educational leadership

Dr. Illana Livstrom

Areas of interest: Holistic, integrative, and functional health and nutrition; women’s health; prenatal and postpartum support; action research and community-engaged research; mixed methods research, including design-based research; qualitative research methodologies, including case study methodology, applied kinesiology, muscle testing; touch for health; culturally responsive nutrition and exercise; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education

Dr. Steve Ross

Areas of interest: Sport brand management, sport fan psychology, sport sponsorship, sport tourism

Dr. Brian Serrano

Areas of interest: Professional practice in athletic training, chiropractic and rehabilitation, blood flow restriction training, strength training methodologies, and athletic performance

Dr. Joshua Smith

Areas of interest: Human integrative physiology, medical aspects of exercise and disease prevention, exercise physiology and neuromuscular aspects of exercise, cardiopulmonary limitations in health and clinical populations (e.g., heart failure) contributing to exercise intolerance, pulmonary abnormalities, cardiovascular consequences of afferent feedback from the respiratory and locomotor musculature, heart-lung interactions in human heart failure, and methodological approaches to examine respiratory muscle limitations in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction

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

Program Information

Kinesiology PhD

  • $690 per credit hour
  • 67 semester credit hours

Pursuing your graduate degree is an important decision for you and your family. 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, 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 the Doctorate in Kinesiology and your persistence toward achieving long-term goals.

Core Curriculum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
KHS 7900, 7901, 7902, and 7903 Seminar in Kinesiology I, II, III, and IV

These four one-credit-hour courses provide 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 (KHS7900); forming the dissertation committee and drafting the Literature Review (KHS7901); drafting the Methodology (KHS7902); and drafting the dissertation prospectus (KHS7903).

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 in 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
KHS7820 Research Methods 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
KHS7550 Qualitative Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an in-depth examination of qualitative research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

3
KHS7600 Quantitative Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of quantitative research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

3
KHS7650 Mixed Methods Research in Kinesiology

This course provides an overview of mixed methods research, including research designs, data collection strategies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation methods.

3
KHS7700 Advanced Topics in Statistics: Experimental Design

This course covers a selected advanced topic in statistics. This course examines various designs that can be applied to a study that results in valid and objective conclusions.

KHS7100 Advanced 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.

KHS7120 Advanced Exercise & 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.

3
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
KHS7950 Dissertation (12 Credit Hours)

Dr. Matthew Buns

Areas of interest: Mechanisms of expertise in sport and motor performance, cognitive and psychological factors related to children’s motor skill, the development of expertise in teaching and coaching, environmental support and self-efficacy in physical education

Dr. Josh Dexheimer

Areas of interest: Sport and exercise physiology, sport science and performance, CrossFit, high-intensity functional training, running performance (critical speed and three-minute all-out test), and NMES and TENS for training and therapeutic intervention

Dr. Katie Fischer

Areas of interest: Educational leadership, public health, physical activity interventions, stress management, and program development and implementation

Veronica Foster

Areas of interest: Orthopedic injuries, neuromuscular and cardiorespiratory physiology, motor control and learning, biomechanics, and health education and behavior

Eder Garavito

Areas of interest: Physical therapy; movement science; exercise prescription; social determinants of health; faculty recruitment and retention; teaching, education, and learning sciences; learning design and technology; knowledge transfer

Dr. Stephanie Hamilton

Areas of interest: Biomechanics, current issues and trends in kinesiology, the effects of age on muscle tissue, human balance changes with age, use of musculoskeletal models to estimate muscle tissue characteristics

Dr. Lana Huberty

Areas of interest: Student internship experience evaluation and reviews; women’s leadership within collegiate athletics; mascot influence on university brand; international LEED sport facilities; health promotion in rural populations; and leadership in sport, exercise, and higher education

Dr. Hoda Kadouh

Areas of interest: Nutrition in sport and exercise performance, exercise and health behavior change, lifestyle interventions for diet and weight management, medical aspects of exercise and disease prevention, and social support and counseling for weight management

Dr. Eric LaMott

Areas of interest: General concepts in kinesiology and higher education, sport psychology, applied training and performance analysis, endurance athletics, and educational leadership

Dr. Illana Livstrom

Areas of interest: Holistic, integrative, and functional health and nutrition; women’s health; prenatal and postpartum support; action research and community-engaged research; mixed methods research, including design-based research; qualitative research methodologies, including case study methodology, applied kinesiology, muscle testing; touch for health; culturally responsive nutrition and exercise; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education

Dr. Steve Ross

Areas of interest: Sport brand management, sport fan psychology, sport sponsorship, sport tourism

Dr. Brian Serrano

Areas of interest: Professional practice in athletic training, chiropractic and rehabilitation, blood flow restriction training, strength training methodologies, and athletic performance

Dr. Joshua Smith

Areas of interest: Human integrative physiology, medical aspects of exercise and disease prevention, exercise physiology and neuromuscular aspects of exercise, cardiopulmonary limitations in health and clinical populations (e.g., heart failure) contributing to exercise intolerance, pulmonary abnormalities, cardiovascular consequences of afferent feedback from the respiratory and locomotor musculature, heart-lung interactions in human heart failure, and methodological approaches to examine respiratory muscle limitations in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction

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