Health, Human Performance & Recreation
Online Master's Degree

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The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers a Master of Science degree. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas: General, Human Performance and Wellness, or Sport and Leisure Service Management. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of sports, physical education, wellness and recreation.



  • Total per credit hour


  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $11,872*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2020-2021 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2020-2021 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

Options available for the degree include:

Thesis Option: This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

Coursework Option: This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced coursework in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific coursework requirements.

The online master’s degree program includes emphases designed to fit the needs of educators, exercise specialists and recreation and leisure professionals. Depending on the baccalaureate degree held, career examples include:   

Human Performance and Wellness Emphasis

  • Exercise physiologist in clinics, hospitals and wellness industry
  • Strength and conditioning specialists (coaches)
  • Degree path to professional schools and doctorate programs

Sport and Leisure Service Management Emphasis

  • Community park and recreation management
  • YMCA/YWCA and wellness center management
  • Athletics director in schools and colleges

General Emphasis

  • K-12 Physical Education teaching 
  • Athletics coaching
  • Health and wellness industry

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, five minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, there are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs.

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