Department of
Health, Physical Education, & Recreation


MS - HPER 2018-19 Handbook

Degree Plan - After a student is accepted into the Masters degree program, he/she is sent a degree plan. This plan indicates the classes in which the student will be required to enroll, as well as the indication of electives. 

Non-Thesis Option

Thesis Option

Course Sequence

Course Descriptions

HPER Graduate Program FAQ

HPER Graduate Testimonials



Contact HPER Graduate Advisor

Dr. Vicki Worrell
Phone: 620-341-5993
Fax: 620-341-6400


HPER Graduate Program

The graduate program in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) at Emporia State University was the first master's degree program in health, physical education, and recreation in the United States to be offered completely online. Since its beginning in 1996 through today, this program is one of the most respected and well-known online master's degrees in health, physical education, and recreation.

Students take all course work through web-based classes. While students are never required to come to campus they are always welcome. This online format is a significant benefit for students who have coaching responsibilities, are raising families, or live in areas outside of an easy drive to Emporia. All courses are taught by faculty members with doctoral degrees and/or by faculty members who are nationally recognized in their fields. Students from all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries, have entered and completed this degree program.  

This program is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Emporia State University is a regional university within the State of Kansas Regents system. Students completing this program earn a master's of science (MS) degree in health, physical education, and recreation.

The degree is appropriate for those interested in advancing their education, as well as for those who need to gain additional course work for tenure or fiscal promotion. This master's degree does not lead to initial teacher certification, but has the potential to be used for that purpose. This is dependent upon the state requirements in which the student resides.

Application Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA, as well as a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 credits of college work
  • Possess a degree in physical education or related field (i.e., health, corporate wellness, athletic training, etc.)

If the candidate does not have an undergraduate degree in physical education or related area, the candidate may be admitted on probation with at least 12 credits of undergraduate work in physical education. These classes must be approved by the HPER Graduate Advisor.


Application Material

In order for a candidate to be considered, all application materials must be completed and received by the Graduate School at Emporia State University. A person wishing to pursue the health, physical education, and recreation master’s degree at Emporia State University is required to be admitted to the Graduate School and to the Department of HPER. The steps for applying for admission and the criteria used in determining whether, and under what conditions, a student is admitted include:

  1. The student must complete an application and send in the application fee. The applicant should complete the online application.
  2. International students must complete a different application for graduate school from ESU's Office of International Education; available here.
  3. An official copy of ALL transcripts must be sent to the Emporia State University Graduate Office at Emporia State University.
  4. A resume or vita must be submitted to the Graduate School at Emporia State University. 

All application material should be submitted directly to the ESU Graduate School:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4003
Emporia, KS 66801

If you are having difficulty with the application process, you can watch the video below. 

If you need a quick tutorial on sending references and viewing "supplementary items," watch the video below.