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MS Health, Physical Education & Recreation

MS Health, Physical Education & Recreation

The graduate program in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Emporia State University was the first online masters degree in the United States to be offered completely online. Students take all course work through web-based classes. The program is fully accredited and remains the leading online MS Program in Physical Education in the United States. The program is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NCATE). Prospective students for this masters program include those individuals who are interested in advancing their education and opportunities in the areas of teaching, health promotion, coaching, and research.

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What can you do with a degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation?

  • Professional promotion
  • Continuing educ. for recertification/relicensure
  • Opportunities to stay current in the profession
  • Collaboration with professional peers
  • Preparation for pursuing a doctoral degree

Requirements and Courses

  • 2.75 overall GPA is required. Official transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies at Emporia State University.
  • In addition to the application, prospective students should submit a resume or vita.
  • Two written reference letters.
  • You must possess a degree in health, physical education or recreation. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in physical education, health or recreation, you are required to have at least 12 hours of undergraduate work in physical education, including an exercise physiology class before you
  • The Department of HPER admits students to the masters of science program three times per year. These dates are: 1. February 15 - for admission into Summer classes, 2. June 1 - for admission into Fall classes 3. September 15 - for admission into Spring classes
  • All application materials must be submitted by the deadline indicated above for consideration of acceptance for desired semester
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  • Up to five graduate teaching assistantships are awarded each year
  • Graduate teaching assistants have teaching and laboratory teaching assignments every semester
  • Graduate assistants work at least 20 hours per week.
  • Stipend is awarded for fall/spring semesters.
  • Tuition waiver is limited to a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours each semester. Graduate student is responsible for paying fees.
  • Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance is available
  • Students interested in a graduate teaching assistantship should contact the chair of HPER for availability. Student s can apply at