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Physical Education Graduate Programs

Earn Your Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Hit the Ground Running in Your Career

Catapult your health and physical education career to the next level in the physical education master’s program at Bridgewater State University. Our program includes two teaching licensure programs, and we also offer eight master’s in physical education concentrations, as well as a graduate certificate in professional tennis management. No matter your focus, each program will prepare you for leadership across various fields, from education and business to community health care.

Students seeking health and physical education initial teacher licensure in Massachusetts can select either our PreK–8 or grades 5–12 program. Interested in an advanced degree? BSU’s master's degree in physical education allows you to pick a focus that best fits your talents and goals, from our Applied Kinesiology concentration to Human Performance and Health Fitness to Professional Tennis Management, which is also offered as a graduate certificate. No matter which area you choose, you’ll leave campus ready to tackle a rewarding role as a teacher, coach or leader who will make a positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

Master’s in Physical Education Program Highlights

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Earn your master’s degree in physical education at your pace

Flexible classes and mixed modalities mean BSU's physical education master’s program is accessible for working professionals who want to accelerate their careers. In fact, our Coaching Education concentration is offered 100% online.
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Take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities

Health and physical education degree students will often find themselves at our state-of-the-art biomechanics and exercise physiology labs at the Adrian Tinsley Center, learning by doing.
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Gain valuable experience while you study

Bridgewater State University’s ideal location between Boston and Providence offers numerous internship opportunities in strength and conditioning settings such as fitness clubs. You’ll also enjoy collaborative fieldwork experiences with potential employers.

Get personal attention

The faculty-to-student ratio in our physical education master’s program runs between 15:1 and 20:1.

Benefit from our strength and conditioning concentration 4+1 program

Go for your MS in physical education, strength and conditioning while earning your undergraduate degree via BSU’s early acceptance program.

Get important backing right away

Our kinesiology concentration is endorsed by the Department of Education for Physical Education, ensuring you do not need to seek D.O.E. approval upon graduation with your master’s degree in physical education and initial licensure.

Finish strong with a completion scholarship

Physical education graduate students who maintain a 3.3 GPA may be eligible for BSU’s Nunckatessett Graduate Scholarship, a tuition scholarship of $3,000 to be applied toward the last two courses needed to complete a graduate degree.

Program of Study for Master’s in Physical Education Students

In as little as two years as a full-time health and physical education graduate student at BSU, you can earn your initial teaching licensure, a master’s degree in physical education or graduate certificate in professional tennis management and embark on an enriching career that will benefit you and the people you help.

Whether you feel passionately about assisting people across the lifespan with physical disabilities, want to delve deeper into the world of alternative medicine or aim to become a strength and conditioning coach in competitive athletics or cardiac rehabilitation, BSU’s physical education master’s program has a track to suit your individual interests and goals. Our advanced course offerings for health and physical education degree students vary greatly depending on your concentration and include deep dives into areas such as effective sport coaching, research methods, social issues in sports, anatomy, biomechanics and nutrition.

Admission Requirements and Program Details

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Mead

Careers in Health and Physical Education

Our main goal in the physical education master’s program at BSU is for you to leave ready to take on a leadership role in a variety of settings, from health care systems to community organizations. Our graduates with an advanced health and physical education degree have gone on to work in top positions in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, as well as with the YMCA/YWCA and Girls and Boys Clubs. We can also help you prepare for employment at fitness clubs, businesses, camps and schools in the role of a teacher, coach or administrative leader.

Our professional tennis management MS and graduate certificate prepare you for many jobs beyond the court, in roles such as tennis facilities manager, sales representative and event coordinator, to name a few. From our coaching education concentration to the adapted physical education and sport track, a master’s in physical education will enhance your undergraduate preparation through advanced study, so you can hit the target of your next career goal. Some job titles BSU alumni with a master’s in physical education have held include:

  • Strength and conditioning/physical education teacher
  • Clinical dietician at South Shore Health System
  • Director of athletic training at physical therapy practice
  • Athletic trainer at Philadelphia Phillies

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Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.


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View this PDF for an overview of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

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