Curriculum & Requirements
Physical Education, Master of Science (MS)
The Master of Science degree in Physical Education (MSPE) prepares students for a diverse array of careers in areas including athletic administration, coaching, directing fitness facilities and programs in a variety of settings. Additionally, the degree is applicable to those students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in related areas. This program provides an opportunity for students to focus on Exercise Science or Sports and Recreation Administration. All students are required to take a basic core of courses and then select a specialization track in Exercise Science or Sports and Recreation Administration. The Exercise Science track requires a thesis, and the Sports and Recreation Administration track has the option of a thesis, research report or written examination to complete the degree. Students may select from two tracks: Exercise Science or Sports and Recreation Administration.
Note: each student must successfully complete one of two options: a thesis or other research project; or a written examination, before a MSPE degree is awarded.
Applicants for both tracks must complete a 300- or 400-level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of ≥B (3.0) in order to continue past the first quarter of this program. The course must include basic probability concepts, organizing and summarizing data, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation, and analysis of variance. In addition, the Exercise Science track requires the student to complete a Anatomical or Physiological Kinesiology series with a grade of ≥B (3.0), and complete a series in Anatomy and Physiology. Also recommended is a course in Mechanical Kinesiology or Physics.
Sports and Recreation Administration