Physical Activity and Health M.S.

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Do you want to help people improve their health or performance? Our physical activity and health master’s degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be an allied health professional. Our curriculum provides you with current information and novel intervention strategies. This prepares you to take on leadership roles in the field of health promotion or performance optimization.

Major areas of study include energy expenditure, exercise psychology, and behavioral fitness. You will learn research methods and techniques, as well as how to work with special populations. You will gain hands-on experience throughout your internship training to master your skills. Understand how to change behaviors and environments to improve the health and wellness of all people. This master’s program prepares you to work in commercial settings, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness, and more.

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Degree Overview

We offer thesis and a non-thesis options for this masters degree.

Coursework — 33 hours minimum

  • Physical activity and health courses — 9 hours
  • Internship — 1 to 5 hours
  • Advisor-approved courses — 13 to 17 hours
  • Research and thesis — 6 hours (Required for thesis option)

Two concentrations from which to choose for your master’s degree:

  • Performance Concentration
    • Study fitness, conditioning, and performance to work with athletes in coaching, personal training, or strength and conditioning.
  • Clinical Concentration
    • Study health and wellness to work with all populations from youth, to adults, to special populations.


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  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university

Application Deadlines

  • Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School by the following dates:
    • February 1 for Graduate Assistantships (completed online with your graduate school application)
    • May 1 for Fall semester start (August)
    • April 1 for International applicants for Fall semester start (August)

Admission Requirements

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For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation that address professional and academic qualifications (submitted through the Graduate School online application)
  • Official transcript
  • Application fee payment

International applicants must also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS test
  • Medical insurance plan and an Official Statement of Financing
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  • Letter of Intent describing why you want to obtain a graduate degree in kinesiology
  • Résumé
  • Approval from the School of Kinesiology Director, Graduate Studies Committee, and faculty

Although we only require a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, we strongly recommend that our graduate students, who have not completed undergraduate degrees in kinesiology or other related fields, complete undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning prior to starting a graduate degree program in Kinesiology.

Additionally, basic science courses are the foundation of the Kinesiology academic discipline and we suggest securing this knowledge prior to starting our program. Based on your interest and studies in our graduate program, the following foundational coursework is recommended:

Physical Activity and Health

  • Concentration in Physical Activity and Health – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Concentration in Fitness, Conditioning, and Performance – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
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Cost & Financial Support

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Career Options

Examples of the type of work you can do with a master’s in physical activity and health:

  • Community health specialist
  • School health worker
  • Health educator for an organization
  • Health policy analyst or administrator
  • Corporate wellness program coordinator
  • Health promoter for chronic disease and injury prevention
  • Health researcher or writer
  • Natural health products marketer
  • Health promotion program coordinator
  • Public health consultant or planner
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Information for Students


Matt Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Exercise Science Graduate Program Officer
(334) 844-2717
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