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Graduate Program

The Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation offers a Master of Science in Health, Human Performance and Recreation program, which is now earned completely ONLINE.


Master of Science in Health, Human Performance and Recreation

The online Master of Science degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of sport, physical education, wellness and recreation. Candidates complete the required core of 15 (18 for thesis option) hours and one of three 12 hour curricular emphases offered within the degree and five hours of elective for a minimum of 32 hours. Candidates selecting either the Human Performance and Wellness or Sport and Leisure Service Management emphases must complete an internship. The degree program normally takes a minimum of two years to complete.


Admission Requirements

For work leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Health, Human Performance and Recreation, a candidate must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.70, regardless of degree earned.  A candidate holding a degree from another discipline must have a 2.70 grade point average in 20 semester hours of acceptable undergraduate credit from an appropriate Health, Human Performance and Recreation field.  A grade point average of 3.00 must be attained within the first 12 hours of coursework to gain full admission.  Additional requirements include:

  • Department interview with Graduate Coordinator and Department Chairperson
  • A written statement of educational goals and objectives
  • Two personal letters of reference
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume or Vitae

Program Options

Options available for the degree include:

  • Option I: Thesis
    • This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
  • Option III: Course Work
    • This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

    Areas of Emphasis

    In addition to core requirements, students must complete one area of emphasis.

      Human Performance and Wellness Emphasis

      The Human Performance and Wellness emphasis prepares students possessing education, health, exercise science or similar degrees for careers in education, community and private settings. This emphasis includes 12 hours of required courses and 5 hours of electives.

      Sport and Leisure Service Management Emphasis

      The Sport and Leisure Service Management emphasis prepares students possessing recreation, education, business or similar degrees for management careers in sport, leisure, and education settings. This emphasis includes 12 hours of required courses and 5 hours of electives.

      General Emphasis

      The General Emphasis provides students the opportunity to develop a broad background in Health, Human Performance and Recreation professions. This emphasis includes 12 hours of required courses and 5 hours of electives.

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Program Courses

Visit the Graduate and Continuing Studies page for more information about graduate school.


Scholarship Opportunities

To learn more about tuition costs and financial aid, view our Affordability page.