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Graduate Programs


Athletic Training

The Master of Science with a major in Athletic Training provides students an opportunity to: 1) integrate advanced therapeutic exercise techniques, evidence-based medicine, and research into clinical practice; 2) integrate advanced rehabilitative techniques, functional assessment, and manual therapy into the rehabilitative process. This degree consists of 37 semester hours, including a 25 hour major and 12 hour of prescribed electives. The thesis option is a 31 hour program with 25 hour course work plus six hours of thesis in Athletic Training.

Exercise Science

The Master of Science, major in Exercise Science, will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to address health issues related to physical inactivity and obesity as well as to enhance human performance using evidence-based training and dietary strategies. Graduates will appreciate the value and importance of research-based literature and have the critical thinking, research, and technical skills to: 1) understand research-based literature; 2) use innovative approaches to problem solving; 3) successfully pursue a doctoral degree in Exercise Science or related discipline; 4) work in athletic, clinical (e.g., cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and diagnostic testing), educational, and fitness settings; and 5) sit for advanced professional certifications (e.g., the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Certified Health Fitness Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist). [Note. This program is currently being reviewed and is expected to begin being offered in Fall 2012.]

Health Education

The Master of Education with a major in Health Education prepares health education specialists in the professional Areas of Responsibility and consists of 36 semester hours and includes 21 hours within the major. Upon completion of the degree requirements, candidates will be eligible to work in a variety of settings including schools, universities, communities, workplace, and the medical/hospital setting. The non-thesis option includes a 15 hour minor, which may include a cognate minor, in addition to an internship in the field and/or independent study. The thesis option includes six thesis/research hours and nine hours in a selected minor. Most students are eligible to sit for the nationally accredited Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Physical Education

The Master of Education with a major in Physical Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers and/or advanced studies in the dynamic discipline of physical education.

  • The Masters and Certification specialization (MAC) will enable students to teach physical education and coach at the elementary and secondary school levels. Upon program completion, students will be able to implement evidenced-based physical activity instruction in a developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive manner.
  • The Educational Foundations specialization enables individuals (with or without teaching certification) to enhance their knowledge and understanding of theories and research that influence the teaching and learning process. Upon program completion, students will be prepared to teach or coach in higher education settings, or pursue doctoral studies in physical education.

Both the MAC and Educational Foundations specializations offer students a theory to practice approach to learning. Graduate students will have multiple opportunities to engage in community – based research and service-learning projects.

Recreation and Leisure Services

The Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services (MSRLS) program prepares professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop, implement, and administer recreation programs that meet the needs of a diverse society. Career change students are encouraged to pursue the non-thesis degree plan in one of two specialty areas

  • Recreational Management encompasses the administration and supervision of recreation and leisure services including skills such as budgeting, marketing, managing risk. Graduates work in settings such as governmental recreation and parks departments, not-for-profit service agencies, and commercially oriented leisure businesses.
  • Therapeutic Recreation uses recreational activities as a treatment and education modality. Services provided serve to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities to pursue their desired quality of life. Individuals seeking to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) should enroll in the non-thesis option, which is designed to establish eligibility to sit for the national examination. Students holding the CTRS credential are encouraged to pursue the thesis option and conduct research to help to advance professional practice.