Master of Science in Physical Education

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The Master of Science in Physical Education Program fosters critical thought, problem-solving skills, and reflective thinking. You’ll develop skills in oral and written communication, and gain experience designing, conducting, and reporting scholarly work.

This program also helps you develop collaborative and group interaction skills. The program supports your growth in personal character by offering opportunities to demonstrate responsibility, integrity, self-discipline, creativity, and persistence. Specific knowledge and skills vary by specialization area and may include preparation for professional certifications.

Note: This degree does NOT lead to a teaching certificate for K-12. For more information on teaching in public schools, please contact the Education Department.

For more information, contact Colleen Mastel at cmastel@ewu.edu or 509.359.7961.

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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.

Prerequisites

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.

Exercise Science

Required Core
PHED 500INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES1
PHED 505CURRENT ISSUES AND ETHICS3
PHED 517SURVEY RESEARCH3
PHED 518REVIEW OF LITERATURE3
PHED 519STATISTICS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
PHED 520RESEARCH METHODS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
Approved Electives 11-14
Required Exercise Science Courses
PHED 550ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS3
PHED 554BEHAVIOR CHANGE-THEORY AND PRACTICE3
or PHED 557 TRAINING, PLANNING AND PERIODIZATION
PHED 555ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
PHED 556ADVANCED CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
PHED 600THESIS (1-9)9
Total Credits48-51

 

Sports and Recreation Administration

Required Core Courses
PHED 500INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES1
PHED 505CURRENT ISSUES AND ETHICS3
PHED 517SURVEY RESEARCH3
PHED 518REVIEW OF LITERATURE3
PHED 519STATISTICS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
PHED 520RESEARCH METHODS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
Approved Electives 11-14
Sports and Recreation Administration Courses
PHED 507ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
PHED 522RISK MANAGEMENT: SPORT AND SCHOOL LAW3
PHED 524SPORTS MARKETING3
PHED 525FACILITIES PLANNING, OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT3
PHED 600THESIS9
or PHED 601 RESEARCH REPORT
or PHED 602
PHED 695
COMPREHENSIVE PREPARATION
and INTERNSHIP
Total Credits48-51

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn an MS in Physical Education from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly publications, primary written works, professional organizations and certification/licensure requirements of their specialization;
  • design, conduct and report scholarly work;
  • discuss advanced topics in their area of specialization with an appropriate level of knowledge and application of critical thinking;
  • investigate ideas and complete professional tasks as a member of a team.

Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students should hold a baccalaureate degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • Prospective students must meet the general graduate requirements.

Requirements for the Exercise Science Emphasis

  • Anatomical or Physiological Kinesiology series with a grade > 3.0;
  • Statistics (300- or 400-level) course with a grade > 3.0;
  • Anatomy and Physiology series;
  • Recommended: a course in Mechanical Kinesiology or Physics.

Requirements for the Sports & Recreation Administration Emphasis

  • Statistics (300 or 400 level) course with a grade > 3.0

Admission Process

Applications for the 2019-20 school year have closed. The deadline for 2020-21 applications is February 1, 2020.

Complete the EWU Graduate School Application. You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. A transcript showing you meet the course requirements for admission
  2. Three names and email addresses for references
  3. A statement outlining your research experience, as well as potential areas of research interest. You will have a 1000 character limit.

Students are admitted for fall quarter only; requests for admittance in other academic quarters are discouraged. All communication from the Department of Wellness and Movement Sciences will be via email so please ensure your email address is accurate in our systems.