MS in Health and Wellness Management

The Master of Science (MS) program in Health and Physical Activity with a Concentration in Health and Wellness Management is a collaborative degree offered through the School of Education’s Department of Health and Human Development and Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

This academic graduate program is designed for students with academic training and experience in health-fitness and wellness with a desire to advance to a management-level position.


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Program Facts

Degree Type

Master of Science (MS) in Health and Wellness Management

Enrollment Term






Application Deadline

Rolling admissions with priority given to applications received by January 15 for all applicable graduate assistantships.

Admissions Requirements

GRE exam not required


18-24 months

Time Commitment

Full-Time or Part-Time

Program Overview

Courses focus on applying evidence-based behavioral strategies to interactions with health-fitness participants and patient populations in order to enhance engagement, adherence, and the sustainability of lifestyle behaviors related to health. The program will include the development of strategic management skills for interacting with patients, enhancing organizational compliance, working with patients, and improving the listening skills of health coaches. The skills are applicable specifically to the health-fitness and healthcare settings.

As health and wellness employment opportunities are increasing, this dual-degree option expands the level of training of students and will build on their experience and knowledge in both the health-fitness and the business management fields. As a result, students will be prepared to transition to leadership positions (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation directors, health and wellness directors, YMCA directors, etc.).

Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination is required based on key courses within the program. A minimum of 80% is required on this comprehensive examination.


All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in this non-thesis degree.

Some courses will be offered online or in a hybrid manner to accommodate student needs.

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Applicants need to meet admission requirements for both the School of Education and and the Katz Graduate School of Business. These include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university, as determined by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, or the non-U.S. equivalent
  • Undergraduate coursework in human anatomy, human physiology, and exercise physiology. Applicants without this training can be admitted provisionally and will be required to take these undergraduate courses prior to full admission.
  • GRE Exam is not required; however, applicants are encouraged to submit scores if they do not meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a B (3.0) average of higher in a minimum of 6 credits of quantitative coursework (on a 4.0 grading scale)
    • Have earned a graduate and/or professional degree
  • International applicants are also encouraged to submit GRE test scores and are required to submit scores from an English Language Proficiency Verification exam

Career Pathways

  • Management and business careers in health and wellness settings (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation directors, health and wellness directors, YMCA directors, etc.).