School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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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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The Wellness Practitioner concentration is designed for students with little or no prior education in exercise science, kinesiology, athletic training or a related field.

This concentration is designed for those wishing to pursue a MS degree in a field different from their undergraduate degree or those looking to switch careers. Students can enter the program during the Fall or Spring semester. Additionally, students can decide to complete the degree as a full-time or part-time student. Similar to the Advanced Practitioner the Wellness Practitioner MS degree promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates ‘research-savvy practitioners’. All students are required to complete core courses (see degree requirements below). Students must also complete elective courses and a capstone thesis or research project. Many of the classes are offered online to allow students to work while completing the degree.

The relationships I built while at Mason have continued to benefit myself and my career. Everyone in the EFHP program faculty made an effort to build a relationship and make a connection with me during my time there. I would never hesitate to ask any of the faculty for help or their opinion, and I know they would be more than willing to help or collaborate with anyone who has gone through the program.

Wellness Practitioner Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Wellness Practitioner Concentration (WPRC) Full or Part Time

Research Project or Thesis Option including EFHP 598 Special Topics

Students must take:

And either:


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.

Total: 36 credits