Our faculty are captivating teachers and active researchers and our students frequently partner with them on original research projects that are presented at regional and national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
The classes in the EFHP MS program are offered in both face-to-face and distance learning (online) formats. The majority of the face-to-face classes are held on Mason’s Science and Technology Campus, with some face-to-face classes are held on Mason’s Fairfax campus. All students are required to complete core courses. Students must also complete elective courses and a capstone thesis or research project. Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.
Required Core Courses (15 credit hours)
- EFHP 610: Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 611: Movement and Fitness Assessment (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 612: Scientific Foundation of Applied Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 640: Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 620: Research Methods for Applied Kinesiology (3 credit hours)
Advanced Practitioner Concentration (APRC) Full Time Cohort
- EFHP 613: Advanced Applied Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 620: Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 credit hours)
- EFHP 690: Scientific Communications Seminar (1 credit hour)
- EFHP 599: Independent Study EFHP (1 - 3 credit hours) (Must register for 3 credits)
- EFHP 614: Advanced Exercise Nutrition (3 credit hours) OR EFHP 618: Exercise and Sport Psychology (3 credit hours)
Research Project or Thesis Option including EFHP 598 Special Topics
Students must take:
- EFHP 598: Special Topics (1 - 6 credit hours) (Must register for 3 credits)
My overall experience in the MS EFHP Program and Mason can be described with two words, challenging yet rewarding. I was forced to expand my knowledge and my thinking to because a more research-savvy practitioner which has made me a better athletic trainer and a better teacher today.
Total: 36 credits
In the Thesis Option, students complete EFHP 598 (3 credits) and EFHP 799 (3 credits). Students develop independent research proposals. Then, in consultation with the EFHP Graduate Coordinator, students select two additional faculty members to form a three-member thesis committee. One committee member may be selected from faculty outside of the program. Students may not register for thesis credit until the student’s thesis committee and the EFHP Graduate Coordinator have approved a proposal. Once the committee approves the proposal, students register for thesis credit and conduct their independent research projects.
In the Research Project Option, students complete EFHP 598 (3 credits) and EFHP 798 (3 credits). In the special topics course, students conduct a directed research project with an EFHP faculty member that is aligned with the faculty member’s research agenda. Then, in the project course, students work with the EFHP faculty member to develop a paper and presentation in the format of submission to a peer-reviewed journal and presentation at professional conferences, respectively.