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Physical Education, Human Performance and Health Fitness Concentration, MS

The Physical Education, Human Performance and Health Fitness Concentration, MS program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate major in physical education, or its equivalent, who wish to pursue new career directions related to the field in community-based organizations, such as business, industry, agencies, hospitals and educational settings or who wish to enhance their undergraduate preparation through advanced study.

This concentration is designed to prepare individuals for clinical and supervisory positions in human performance and health fitness. Graduates will obtain the background necessary to acquire advanced jobs in corporate fitness, YMCA, and cardiac rehabilitation settings.

Applicants who do not possess an adequate background in physical education and/or related areas will be required to make up course deficiencies. Such background course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.

Program Highlights 

The MS in Physical Education is a professional degree program designed for individuals with an undergraduate major in physical education who wish to obtain professional licensure or enhance their undergraduate preparation through advanced study.

The MS in Physical Education program offers:

  • Courses in the new Adrian Tinsley Center, equipped with state of the art exercise physiology and biomechanics labs and equipment
  • Courses offered in the late afternoon or evening, and during the summer to accommodate the working professional
  • When appropriate, individualized study can be provided through directed studies, theses or projects
  • Opportunities to take elective courses outside the department
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Maura Rosenthal

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA -  Minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a minimum GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals
  • *GRE Scores are not required

Application Deadline
 
 
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Sessions: February 1

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Curriculum 

Required Courses:

PHED 511 - Research Methods in Physical Education
PHED 515 - Advances in Exercise Circulation
PHED 517 - Experimental Processes in Physical Education
PHED 518 - Advances in Exercise Metabolism
PHED 519 - Advances in Exercise Prescription
PHED 544 - Applied Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science
PHED 595 - Internship in Physical Education

Electives
Specific course selection will be made by the adviser and student based upon the student's professional background and program objectives. The following courses would be appropriate

HEAL 483 - Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health
HEAL 518 - Quantitative Methods in Health Promotion and Epidemiology 
PHED 400 - Physiology and Techniques of Strength Fitness
PHED 402 - Exercise Metabolism
PHED 403 - Cardiovascular Analysis, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation
PHED 404 - Exercise Prescription
PHED 405 - Exercise Circulation: Mechanisms and Morphology
PHED 502 - Research
PHED 503 - Directed Study
PHED 504 - Nutrition for Sports, Exercise, and Weight Control
PHED 516 - Exercise Electrocardiography
PHED 520 - Health Fitness Program Planning and Management
PHED 543 - Foundations of Resistance Training
PHED 545 - Physical Conditioning and Training in Sports Exercise
PHED 547 - Biomechanics of Resistance Training
PHED 555 - Strength and Conditioning Practicum
PHED 588 - Competitive Weight Lifting

Culminating Experience

All students must take the comprehensive examination or complete an oral defense of a thesis (PHED 502-Research) or an oral defense of a project (PHED 501-Physical Education Project) under the guidance of an adviser.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

*Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

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.

The MS in Physical Education program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at finaid@bridgew.edu.

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