Health, Human Performance & Recreation

Graduate Program: Health, Human Performance & Recreation

Online Program

Health, Human Performance & Recreation Graduate Program Online

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers a Master of Science degree. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, General; Human Performance and Wellness; and Sport & Leisure Service Management. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of sports, physical education, wellness and recreation.

Why Pitt State?

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.

Career Options

The online master’s degree program includes emphases areas designed to fit the needs of educators, exercise specialists and recreation and leisure professionals. Depending on the baccalaureate degree held, career examples include:   

Human Performance and Wellness Emphasis

  • Exercise physiologist in clinics, hospitals and wellness industry
  • Strength and conditioning specialists (coaches)
  • Degree path to professional schools and doctorate programs

Sport and Leisure Service Management Emphasis

  • Community park and recreation management
  • YMCA/YWCA and wellness center management
  • Athletics director in schools and colleges

General Emphasis

  • K-12 Physical Education teaching 
  • Athletics coaching
  • Health and wellness industry

Learn more about the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • 20 hours related HHPR foundation courses
  • Interview with program coordinator
  • Statement of educational intent
  • Two letters of reference

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation, and Physical Education, a minor and certificate in Dance, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. Exercise Science and Recreation meet requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which is a tuition discount program for non-resident students to attend Pittsburg State University. Students who have been selected to receive the MSEP discount will be charged 150 percent of resident tuition rates. Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible.

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Students in the Health, Human Performance & Recreation program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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