Health, Human Performance & Recreation
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The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers a Master of Science degree in Health, Human Performance and Recreation which prepares students for careers in fields of sport, physical education, health, wellness, and recreation. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas: Human Performance and Wellness, Physical Education, or Sport and Leisure Service Management. Candidates complete the required core of 15 (18 for thesis option) hours and one of three 12 hour curricular emphases offered within the degree, totaling a minimum of 32 hours. Candidates selecting either the Human Performance and Wellness or Sport and Leisure Service Management emphasis must complete an internship.

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  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $11,968*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2022-2023 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2022-2023 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Admission Requirements
  • Career Options

Options available for the degree include:

Thesis Option: 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.

Coursework Option: This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced coursework 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 coursework 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 or Department Chairperson
  • A written statement of educational goals and objectives
  • Two personal letters of reference
  • Official transcripts


The online master’s degree program includes emphases 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

Physical Education Emphasis

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

Sport and Leisure Service Management Emphasis

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

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

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 Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, seven minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, there are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. 

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