School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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This 36 credit Master of Science (MS) degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) takes a science-based approach toward the fields of exercise science, sports medicine, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports performance and strength and conditioning. The program focuses on the role of physical activity in the promotion of health, fitness and quality of life.

The degree promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates "research-savvy practitioners". A research-savvy practitioner is a professional who can recognize and use the latest cutting-edge knowledge when working with clients, patients, and community. Our program is recognized by the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) which recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, education guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

Check out the information below to determine which of the 2 concentrations is right for you. 

Criteria Wellness Practitioner Advanced Practitioner
Designed for Students With None or Minimal Prior Education in Health And Human Performance Students With Prior Education in Health And Human Performance
Format Part-Time or Full-Time Full-Time Cohort
Coursework Content Medical Terminology, Functional Anatomy, Fitness Assessment, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Nutrition, and/or Exercise Psychology Fitness Assessment, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Nutrition, and/or Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics, Research Methods, and Statistics, and Scientific Communications
Prospective Careers Owners and/or Managers of Public and Private (Corporate/Industrial) Exercise, Fitness, Wellness, and Health and Human Performance Facilities and Gymnasiums Athletic Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Exercise Scientists in the University, School, Private and Corporate/Industrial Settings, and/or the Pursuit of Further Academic Study (Doctoral) programs