This fall, UNCG will begin offering the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in kinesiology online, a move that will make the degree more accessible nationwide to professionals in the field.

It will be UNCG’s first fully online doctoral degree program, and the only online Ed.D. program in kinesiology in the nation. Approximately 20 students will make up the program’s first class in the School of Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Kinesiology. Applications are being accepted through April 1 in the UNCG Graduate School.

“This program is expected to appeal to a wide range of individuals in the field of kinesiology,” said program coordinator Dr. Pam K. Brown. “Students will be able to remain employed while earning their degree, which allows them to immediately apply what they are learning in their classes to their professional careers.”

A four-year program, the online Ed.D. requires completion of 48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation. Students will take two courses per semester and during the summer. While all course work will be online, three on-campus summer visits are required: an orientation prior to year one, an oral comprehensive exam and dissertation proposal at the end of year three, and a dissertation defense at the end of year four.

A comprehensive plan was developed to transition the department’s existing Ed.D. program to an online format. Faculty partnered with the Division of Continual Learning to develop and enhance online courses for the program. Professionals who might take advantage of the program include athletic trainers, physical education and health teachers, sport and exercise consultants or clinicians, community youth leaders, fitness professionals, coaches and college instructors or administrators seeking advanced degrees.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years professional experience in kinesiology or related fields, along with a master’s or equivalent degree. Applications are available through the Graduate School. Questions can be answered by contacting Paige Morris at or 336-334-5573 or Dr. Pam Brown at

Story by Steve Gilliam, University Relations