Master of Science in Health and Human Performance

Graduate students in the Department of Health and Human Performance are provided the preparation required for professional success in sport administration,  exercise science, health promotion/wellness, biomechanics, research, teaching, and coaching. 

 

  • Students can choose from emphasis areas in exercise science, sport administration, and movement/sport studies.  Internship opportunities are available in the student’s area of interest.
  • Graduate students are involved in teaching, lab instruction, project supervision, athletic training, personal training, intramural programming, coaching, and project supervision.
  • Graduate assistantship opportunities are available in health education/promotion, intramurals and campus recreation, athletic training, exercise science, and varsity athletics.
  • Graduate students in Health and Human Performance have numerous opportunities for involvement in service programs such as adult fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, programming for special population, wellness programming, aquatic fitness and more.  In addition, collaborative experiences with the Hays Medical Center - Center for Health Improvement are available. 
  • The Department of Health and Human Performance boasts some of the finest facilities in the Midwest.  Facilities commonly used in the graduate program include:
    • Mediated classrooms
    • Human performance laboratory
    • Sports nutrition laboratory
    • Computer laboratory
    • Indoor pool
    • Wellness center
    • Indoor running track
    • Gymnasiums and dance studio

 

  • Research opportunities abound.  Priorities in the FHSU Human Performance Lab include:
    • Cardiovascular/metabolic demands of multidirectional and intermittent exercise
    • Supplemental diagnostic measures applied to clinical exercise testing
    • Testing, programming, and outcome measures related to clinical/elderly exercise
    • Athletic conditioning program variables
    • Biomechanical analysis of sport performance

 

  • After graduation, students assume positions in health promotion, teaching and coaching, sport administration, clinical rehabilitation, aquatics, recreation, strength and conditioning, or continue their education in doctoral programs. 

The program consists of a 17 hour core curriculum common to all Master of Science graduate students, plus an additional 15 hours accumulated from selected electives. You can choose a thesis option in any of the concentration areas with six hours of thesis becoming part of the 15 hour requirement. All students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

Program Requirements

Required Theory Core

 

HHP 850 Physiological Analysis of Motor Activity 3 credit hours
HHP 815 Research in Health and Human Performance 3 credit hours
HHP 820 Concepts and Objectives of Physical Education 3 credit hours
HHP 825 Statistical Analysis in HHP 3 credit hours
HHP 835/650 Motor Learning or Biomechanics 3 credit hours
HHP 875 Graduate Seminar 2 credit hours
 

Total Core Requirements

17 credit hours

Concentration in Exercise Science

 

HHP 650   Biomechanics (if not taken in core) 3 credit hours
HHP 845 Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credit hours
HHP 847 Advanced Instrumentation in Exercise Physiology 3 credit hours
HHP 899 Thesis 6 credit hours

 

-or-

 

 

Approved Electives/Internship* 3-6 credit hours

 

and Graduate Project 3 credit hours

 

Total Concentration Hours

15 credit hours

*A maximum of three hours of internship may be applied to program of study

Concentration in Sport Administration

 

HHP 800 Administration of Physical Education & Athletics 3 credit hours
Six credit hours from
HHP 633 Assessment and Planning HHP 3 credit hours
HHP 855 Legal Issues in HPER and Athletics 3 credit hours
HHP 860 Facilities in Physical Education and Athletics 3 credit hours
  Approved Electives/Internship*/Thesis 6 credit hours

 

Total Concentration Hours

15 credit hours

*A maximum of three hours of internship may be applied to program of study.

Concentration in Movement and Sport Studies

 

Three credit hours from:
HHP 650 Biomechanics 3 credit hours
HHP 835 Motor Learning 3 credit hours
HHP 845 Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credit hours
HHP 847 Advanced Instrumentation in Exercise Physiology 3 credit hours
Three credit hours from:
HHP 633 Assessment and Planning in HHP 3 credit hours
HHP 855 Legal Issues in HPER and Athletics 3 credit hours
HHP 800 Administration of Physical Education & Athletics 3 credit hours
HHP 860 Facilities in Physical Education & Athletics 3 credit hours
Three credit hours from:
HHP 635   Motor Behavior 3 credit hours
HHP 810 Sport in American Society 3 credit hours
HHP 830 Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum 3 credit hours
HHP 840 Coaching Today’s Athlete 3 credit hours

 

Approved Electives/Thesis 6 credit hours

 

Total Concentration Hours

15 credit hours