The Masters of Science (MS) programs in the Department of HHPR prepare students for careers exercise physiologists, physical education specialists, and coaches. A six-hour core curriculum is required for each MS major. Students then specialize in one of three areas (see below).
The athletic training program (ATP) leads to a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. The MAT program is a professional athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students graduating from the ATP are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam and become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Students enrolled in the ATP will gain first hand learning experiences with university sponsored athletic teams as well as other off-campus clinical sites.
Opportunities for practicum, internship, and independent study experiences exist for all degree and specialization areas. Each student must successfully complete core and specialty course requirements, pass an oral or written comprehensive examination, and successfully complete a culminating experience which may consist of a thesis, internship, practicum, or research manuscript as outlined by the specific emphasis area. Additional requirements vary with the area of specialization (click below for more information):
Admission into master’s degree programs within the Department of HHPR is competitive. While each individual’s applicant file and materials are viewed holistically, the academic benchmarks of an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and full admission status.