Doctor of Education in Kinesiology (Online), Ed.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

The Ed.D. and the Ph.D. are two different degrees offered at UNCG. The Ed.D. in KIN takes a more interdisciplinary approach than the Ph.D.; meaning students will take a broader base of coursework designed to assist them with exploring and potentially solving issues related to professional practice in the field of kinesiology. For example, a person who is a sport and exercise psychologist would not take all SEP type courses in the Ed.D. program but instead would take courses related to leadership, teaching and advocacy that can be applied in their own specialty area. Practical application is an emphasis of this program.

Our Ed.D. students will have research training and complete an individual dissertation but the research is not the driving force behind the degree like it is in the PhD. Someone with our degree can go onto to higher education teaching positions, but if the individual’s main goal is to have research as their primary responsibility, this may not be the best option for them.

You can find more information on the differences between an Ed.D. and a Ph.D. from the Carnegie Program on the Educational Doctorate (CPED). The CPED website includes a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education, working together to strengthen and advance the professional practice doctorate (Ed.D.) and a wealth of resources about the Ed.D. and Scholarly Practitioners.

“The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession (CPED, 2007).”

Estimated Tuition & Fees (2023-24)

ResidencyPer Credit HourTotal Credits in ProgramEst. Program Cost
This rate applies if you are a legal resident of NC
Outside NC*:
This rate applies if you’re not a legal resident of North Carolina and receive online education outside NC.
*Most students in the Ed.D. in Kinesiology program living outside of NC would qualify for this category.
This rate applies if you’re not a legal resident of North Carolina and receive online education in NC.
For the most up-to-date program costs, please check the GR Online/Distance list.

Sample Plan of Study

DEGREE COMPLETION STEPSOrientationBegin online coursework
Explore the field of kinesiology and issues facing practicing professionals
Continue coursework
Review literature for dissertation
Develop proposal
Complete comprehensive exam
Propose dissertation
Continue dissertation process, including final defense and presentation
Seminar in Kinesiology

Kin 762
Design in Kinesiology
and Related Professions
KIN 737*
Applied Data
Analysis in

KIN 736
and Social
Justice in
(or approved
KIN 715
Ethics in
Health and

[2nd course
KIN 701*
Topics in
KIN 716*
Research in
KIN 751*
Seminar in

KIN 739
(or approved
KIN 731
in Kinesiology

— OR —

KIN 732
Analysis of

[2nd course
KIN 753*

KIN 714

— OR —

KIN 717
KIN 799
KIN 799
KIN 799
KIN 799

KIN 779*
KIN 799
Dissertation (only if May graduation deadlines are not met)
Discuss dissertation
interests along with current student research & past
Explore dissertation topics
Develop scholarly skills
Engage in professional development
Written comps (Dec), oral comps (Jan/Feb)
Develop individual dissertation topic
Establish dissertation committees
Dissertation Proposal (Dec)
Transition to Doctoral Candidacy
Dissertation Defense (Spring)
Graduation (May)
REQUIRED CAMPUS VISITS1st on-campus visit:
Orientation program
(June; 3 days)
2nd on-campus visit: Dissertation proposal
(Dec or May as determined by program;
3 days)
3rd on-campus visit: Dissertation Showcase
(May; 1 day)
*Required courses

We have students who have physical activity and leadership as their main profession, as well as students for whom physical activity is part of their job and something that they are passionate about and want to expand upon.

Current students are a diverse group of professionals that include university faculty and administrators, wellness directors, public school teachers, sport medicine directors/clinic owners, coaches and athletic trainers, health promotion managers, physical therapists, and sport psychology consultants, etc.

  • Assistant Professor in Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport at South Alabama University
  • Assistant Professor in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Supervisor of Integrated Care Management and Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University
  • Dean of Transfer, Business, and Social Sciences at Wytheville Community College
  • Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Clinical Education at Moravian College
  • Health Manager with Health Fitness (Duke University site)
  • Hyman Performance Program Coordinator at the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School
  • Program and Operations Director of the Timpany Center at San Jose State University” from Ed.D. paper brochure

The program is asynchronous. There are deadlines for assignments in each course, however regularly scheduled common class meeting times are not required to complete coursework. The exception might be for group work, which may require smaller groups of students to find common meeting times using a variety of distance communication tools, like Google Hangout. Students begin and end courses on a semester schedule and go through the program as a cohort.

Students have access (via video) to the UNCG Kinesiology Department monthly Colloquium as well as other professional development opportunities that are presented on campus. Students also have professional development sessions specifically designed for the Ed.D. program needs each semester. Students are also able to utilize UNCG’s career & professional development office.

Classes are simultaneous. Students have 2 classes per semester each semester, including summer and follow the same academic calendar as the rest of the UNCG campus.

We do not currently have an online master’s program. We do have a number of traditional on-campus master’s programs in Kinesiology. Find out more about what graduate degrees we offer.

From the beginning, students are assigned to an advisor, someone that can serve as a mentor to them throughout the program. The students will also be able to connect and learn from other members in their dissertation committee and other faculty as well. We are very flexible when it comes to giving students the mentorship they need, even if it means making changes to their committee. Sometimes a students’ dissertation topic or research idea may shift some, but our students will always have support in our program. We make sure to help them find additional advisors should they need them if their topic does shift.

We pride ourselves in creating opportunities where students can engage with faculty, such as the graduate colloquiums, in-person visits, and more. Community is a pillar in our program and making sure that students feel comfortable coming to faculty with questions or for advice is one of our priorities.

Application Questions

Students apply through the UNCG Graduate school and submit a supplementary application. View the Ed.D application and admission page for specifics.

Applications will be accepted through April. The admissions review process begins January 15, and continues through April or until all spots for the upcoming year are filled.

GREs are not required for admission.

We will still accept scores earned within the last 5 years.

Yes, you must have a master’s degree and 3 years of work experience in the field prior to admittance into the Ed.D. program. The only exception for students without a master’s degree is if they already hold a doctorate (e.g., Doctorate of Physical Therapy [DPT]).

All states are approved for the program. UNCG changed Authorized Provider agreements with states to ensure this.

In order for your application to stand out, the first question that you need to ask yourself is: what are my goals and how do I see the program helping me achieve them? If you can speak about how you plan to do those things in our program and how our program will help you meet your specific research and professional goals, then you are off to a great start. We strive to make sure that the interests of the student is something we can definitely support. 

Addressing what you can bring to the program from a professional standpoint is very important as well. Applicants that can demonstrate the mutual benefit of accepting you into the program are the ones that will stand out.

We require applicants to have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in Kinesiology or related fields to be accepted into the program. This includes professionals who are physical education teachers in primary/secondary public schools, coaches and physical education instructors in higher education, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and fitness professionals, strength and conditioning professionals, sport and exercise psychologists, coaches of professional group sports teams, and so much more. Any type of assistantship work that occurred during a master’s program does not count for this requirement.

If you are not sure that your past professional experience fits with our program, please email us at [email protected].

After Admission Questions

For the orientation, students will be on-campus for three days. Students will:

  1. Get a chance to get to know each other with course faculty and staff, and university leadership
  2. Talk about their practices in the field of kinesiology from an educational standpoint
  3. Engage with the learning technologies that we use in the program.

For the proposal, students will come to campus and present their dissertation proposals, and these presentations are spread out over several days so that students get maximum time to receive feedback and meet with their faculty mentors, various experts and consultants.

After the dissertation defense online, students will be on campus to hold their own poster presentations and engage in multiple panels. They can give and get feedback, talk in-depth with faculty mentors, and also host their own five-minute Q&As.

Orientation is required for all admitted students prior to beginning the program. If you are admitted and then cannot attend the orientation for any reason, you will have to defer enrollment until the following year after you have attended the next summer’s orientation.

Canvas is the main learning management platform that we use at UNCG. Students will have various types of learning resources and experiences (e.g. readings, video, discussion) through Canvas. We also use Google Suite, UNCG YouTube, and Zoom for effective communication in group works.

Visit UNCG’s Information Technology Service or reach out to 6 tech online service portal at [email protected] or call 336.256.8324.

No, this is only a requirement for students who are physically on the UNCG campus. The Graduate School has more information on immunization requirements.

Students registered in Online/Distance “Programs” are not eligible for the Student Health Insurance Plan though Student Blue.  Being “not eligible” means students are not charged for the Student Insurance premium and not required to submit proof of outside health coverage.  IF, students notice that they have been charged for the premium on their student account, they should immediately contact their Graduate department or the Student Insurance Department on their campus.

If students are charged for the insurance premium and do not follow-up with the appropriate departments prior to the posted “Waiver” deadlines, the premium may remain on the student account and be the responsibility of the student to pay.

Yes. Our students are all working professionals and our program is designed with this in mind. Will you be busy? Yes. But with good time management skills, it is very doable. We would be happy to have you talk with some of our current students to learn how they have been able to balance their responsibilities.

Yes.  The requirements of the practical experience are developed around you being a working professional. 

Pam Kocher Brown

Dr. Pam Kocher Brown
[email protected]

Director of Ed.D in Kinesiology