Doctorate (PhD) in

Exercise Science

Grow your career with a Doctorate in Exercise Science at Concordia-Chicago. Request information today.

Become an Expert in Health & Fitness

Learn how our 100% online programs can help you get ahead in the exercise science field.

Application Deadline: June 23, 2023
Classes Start: June 28, 2023


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Online Doctorate in Exercise Science Program Details

Our 100% online PhD in Exercise Science is designed for working adults, with asynchronous classes so you can learn anytime, anywhere. We keep class sizes small, so you can connect with your classmates and professors.

Why Pursue a Doctorate in Exercise Science?

The PhD in Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students to pursue academic, clinical, leadership, and/or research roles in the fields of health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance and other related disciplines. This 100% online doctorate program has a strong research orientation and aims to develop outstanding scholars and researchers who create and disseminate new knowledge about issues arising out of the intersection of physical activity, health promotion, and human performance.

The 69-credit-hour program, which varies based on research course selection, includes coursework in leadership, health, exercise science, research, statistics and a nine-credit-hour dissertation requirement.

Institutional Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Exercise Science Career Outlook

A variety of career paths are attainable with a PhD in Exercise Science. A doctorate from Concordia University Chicago can open many doors in numerous fields.

Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • University Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Exercise Science Educator
  • Physical Health Policy Advocate
  • Exercise Physiology Research Scientist
  • Biomechanics Specialist

Deadline to Apply

June 23, 2023

Start Date

June 28, 2023

Cost Per Credit


Admission Requirements

  • Free online application
  • Master’s degree in exercise science or related field
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Objective statement
  • Letters of recommendation


Required Foundational Course Work (33 credit hours)

HHP 7000 Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
HHP 7010 Neuromuscular Response to Exercise
HHP 7020 Exercise for Disease Prevention and Management
HHP 7030 Advanced Exercise & Sports Nutrition
HHP 7050 Program Design in Physical Activity & Health
HHP 7090 Ethical Issues in HHP
HHP 7100 Seminar in Health and Human Performance
HHP 7520 Advanced Exercise Physiology and Special Population Considerations
HHP 7005 Scientific Communication
HHP 7500 Advanced Biomechanics
HHP 7900 Research Design

Cognate Electives (12 credit hours, choose four courses)

HHP 7040 Measurement and Evaluation in Health & Human Performance
HHP 7060 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
HHP 7070 The Professoriate
HHP 7510 Advanced Topics in Endocrinology and Metabolism
GME 6300 Intro to Grants
RES 7710 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
AES 6560 Special Topics Seminar in Human Movement Science
AES 6660 Special Topics Seminar in Sports Performance Training
GERO 7820 Leadership, Applied Ethics, Aging & Global Change
GERO 7505 The Psychological Aspects of Aging
GERO 7000 Gerontological Theory
GERO 7805 Issues in Aging Policy
GERO 7800 Demography and Epidemiology of Aging
GERO 7500 The Physiology of Aging
GERO 7900 Diversity in Aging Societies
GERO 7810 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Gerontology

Research & Statistics (12 credit hours)

RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Researc
RES 7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics

Comprehensive Exam (3 credit hours)

COMP 7100 Comprehensive Exam

Remediation Course (0 credit hours, fee-based)

HHP 7910 A remediation course for students who do not pass their Comprehensive Exam (COMP 7100).

Dissertation (9 credit hours)

DISS 7010
DISS 7020
DISS 7030