Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity Programming and Promotion

This degree option is focused on training students to prepare for applied and research careers related to the public health importance of lifestyle-based health enhancement programs in a variety of settings that include workplace, schools, medical settings, health insurers, communities, and others. This degree option will provide students training, skills, and knowledge to pursue careers in this area, and will bring contemporary perspectives to the development and implementation of health and physical activity programming.  Students who select to train in research will also have strong foundational knowledge to enhance their ability to compete for admission to high quality doctoral programs. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration:  
    • Full-time students can complete the non-thesis degree requirements in 12 months.   
    • Part-time students can complete the non-thesis degree requirements in 18-24 months. 
    • Students completing a thesis can complete the degree requirements in 18-24 months. 
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements:  
    • Non-Thesis: 30 credits 
    • Thesis: 36 credits 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission. Priority for graduate assistantships will be given to those applications received by January 15th.
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Degree Requirements

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  • Non-Thesis Requirements 
    • Comprehensive Examination is required based on key courses within the program. A minimum of 80% is required on this comprehensive examination. 
    • Clinical Health-Fitness Practicum is required.
  • Thesis Option Requirements 
    • Comprehensive Examination is required based on key courses within the program. A minimum of 80% is required on this comprehensive examination. 
    • Thesis is required. 

Prerequisites

Applicants need to demonstrate undergraduate coursework in human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, and exercise testing and prescription. Applicants without this training can be admitted provisionally and will be required to take these undergraduate courses prior to full admission. ​

Career Pathways

  • Careers as program coordinators or directors in a variety of health, fitness, and wellness settings that include workplace, schools, medical settings, health insurers, communities, and others.  
  • Research careers in the translation of lifestyle health and wellness programs and interventions.  
  • Preparation for admission to high quality doctoral programs.