Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

EdD Online: Degree Requirements

The EdD in Kinesiology (online) is an interdisciplinary degree program specifically for practicing professionals who have a minimum of three years’ professional experience in Kinesiology or related fields, and desire a doctorate focused on scholarship and professional practice in leadership, advocacy and teaching. The EdD in KIN (online) requires a minimum of 54 semester hours (42 of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation). Our aim is to bring together a community of scholars to develop action-oriented leaders in the field of Kinesiology.

Of the 54 hours of required course work, a minimum of 24 hours must be completed in KIN, excluding dissertation hours.

Application and Admission

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit supplementary application materials required by the department.

 Applications are reviewed in the spring for fall admission. The application deadline to receive full consideration for admission is January 15; however, applications will be accepted through mid-April.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 54 credit hours

Campus Visits

Students will make three required visits to campus as part of this program to foster a sense of community with their peers and the UNC Greensboro faculty, to familiarize them with the technology, to present their dissertation proposal, and to present their dissertation, while also fulfilling their residency requirement.

Required on-campus visits:

  • Orientation (Summer prior to Year 1 coursework; 3 day)
    • Orientation dates: Summer 2023 TBA
  • Dissertation proposal (Year 3 Spring; 3-5 day)
  • Dissertation presentation (Year 4 Spring; 3 days)
    • Take a look at the 2022 Visual Abstracts created by our recent graduates for the May 2022 Dissertation Showcase!

Course Requirements

  • Program Leadership in Kinesiology 6-9 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Concepts 6-9 credits
  • Research/Inquiry/Problem Solving 9-12 credits
  • Coursework in Support of Dissertation 7-10 credits
  • Practicum/Independent Study and Electives 8-14 credits
  • Dissertation 12-18 credits
Program Leadership in Kinesiology (6-9 credits)
Select 6-9 credits minimum from the following: 
Online Pedagogy in Kinesiology and Related Professions
Professional Ethics in Health and Human Sciences
Program Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Activity Programs
Seminar in Kinesiology
Program Design in Kinesiology and Related Professions
Interdisciplinary Concepts in Kinesiology (6-9 credits)
Select 6-9 credits minimum from the following: 
Physical Activity and Health
Learning and Performance of Physical Skills
Curriculum Development in Kinesiology
Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Seminar: Social Psychology and Physical Activity
Research/Inquiry/Problem-Solving (9-12 credits)
Select at least 9 credits from the following: 
Research Topics in Kinesiology
Mixed Methods in Kinesiology Research
Qualitative Research Methods in Kinesiology
Statistical Methods for Kinesiology
Coursework in Support of Dissertation (7-10 credits) 
KIN 751 Advanced Research Seminar in Kinesiology
KIN 778 Professional Seminar in Grant Writing
KIN 779 Dissertation Presentation Seminar
Practicum/Independent Study and Electives (8-14 credits)
Select an additional 8-14 credits with at least 3 credits from the following: 
Independent Study
Internship in Kinesiology
Field Practicum in Kinesiology
Advanced Professional Seminar in Kinesiology
Independent Doctoral Research
Dissertation (12-18 credits)
KIN 799 Dissertation
Total Credit Hours (54)

See the Graduate School Bulletin for more information.