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Physical Education, Individualized Concentration (offered 100% online), MS

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The Physical Education, Individualized 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.

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 coursework will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.

Program Highlights

The Master of Science (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 program offers:

  • Courses in the modern 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.
  • The individualized study route offers participants to complete a custom-tailored course of studies centered on their interests using both online and in-person coursework
  • Opportunities to take elective courses outside the Physical Education 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
Application Deadlines
Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Admissions Requirements
  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior year
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • *GRE Scores are not required

A program of study will be developed, in consultation with the program advisor, to meet individual career and educational goals of the student. The program must include a minimum of 15 credits in physical education.

Required course (3 credits)

PHED 511 - Research Methods in Physical Education

Electives (27 credits)

Complete 27 graduate-level credits as determined in consultation with the program advisor.

Exit requirement: Culminating Experience

All candidates are required to show evidence of a culminating experience by successfully completing one fo the following:

  • PHED 501 - Physical Education Project, with an oral defense, under the guidance of an advisor
  • PHED 502 - Research with an oral defense
  • Departmental comprehensive examinations*

Total minimum credits: 30

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*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.

Learning Outcomes

 After completion of the MS in Physical Education, students should be able to:

1. Critically read and evaluate research related to kinesiology.  

2. Apply quantitative or qualitative competencies required to conduct and understand research related to kinesiology.  

3. Apply evidence-based knowledge and skills for assessing client/student needs for designing and evaluating sport and physical activity programs.  

4. Explain concepts of foundational sciences related to the study of kinesiology with a specific focus in a selected area.  

5. Evaluate the psychological, physiological, or sociological strategies and forces that influence the sport/ physical activity experience to determine their impact on performance.  

6. Apply appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity and sport. 

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 MSW 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

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