Concordia University, St. Paul has launched a new fully online PhD in Kinesiology, designed to allow working professionals the opportunity to earn their PhD while balancing their professional work and other obligations. 

The program emphasizes relevant techniques for contributing to knowledge and applying advanced exercise and sport science-related principles in a variety of contexts, and features 55 semester credit hours of coursework and 12 semester credit hours of dissertation. 

“The PhD in Kinesiology program is a research-centered degree focused on developing expertise in the study of human movement and physical activity,” said Dr. Matthew Buns, Program Chair of the graduate Exercise Science program. “It really focuses on relevant techniques for acquiring knowledge and applying that knowledge to kinesiology settings.”

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 students to conduct and publish their own work.

The curriculum features deep dives into kinesiology, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics as well as in-depth research courses. Additionally, the program features a unique dissertation process, where through the Seminar in Kinesiology courses, students will have dissertation milestones built into the coursework, so students can have the opportunity to work on their dissertation before completing all their courses. 

The program is now accepting applications for fall 2022, with an application deadline of August 23, 2022. Classes begin September 6, 2022.

Those seeking more information on the program can visit

About Concordia St. Paul 

Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of six affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Since our founding in 1893, Concordia University has been preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives by providing an educational experience that is responsive, relevant and real.

Our focus on student success creates a caring, supportive and energetic environment that makes Concordia a place that stands out for its warmth, character and academic strength. Backgrounds, cultural heritage and ages of students vary widely, yet all have found a welcoming, accepting place to grow academically, spiritually and interpersonally.

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