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


Students pursuing a Kinesiology degree are prepared to develop and utilize science-based approaches to improve various components of health, movement and performance.

The 70-credit B.S. in Kinesiology can prepare students for a career in clinical exercise, corporate fitness, personal training, strength and conditioning, sport science, sport and exercise nutrition, or wellness/fitness management. The Kinesiology degree program provides students with a strong science foundation for post-graduate specialized study in Kinesiology, exercise science, physiology or professional schools (e.g., chiropractic, medical, physical therapy).

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the Kinesiology Program is to provide a comprehensive approach to the study of human movement. The program disseminates evidence-based knowledge and its practical application through classroom, laboratory, research, and field experiences. Emphasis is placed upon the development of future professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance physical performance, fitness, and general well being across the age spectrum.

The goal of the Kinesiology Program is to develop well-educated graduates who:

  • Successfully challenge entry-level national certification exams such as American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Exercise Psychologist or National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
  • Develop a commitment to professionalism through decision-making skills founded on evidence-based practice.
  • Construct and implement safe and effective exercise programming across the age spectrum.
  • Have a well-developed understanding of current trends in Kinesiology.

The curriculum outcomes of the Kinesiology program are:

  1. Evidence-based knowledge: Compile and analyze evidence-based knowledge of exercise science, sports medicine, and physical fitness.
  2. Fitness assessment and exercise technique: Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to perform fitness assessments and instruct exercises for individuals across the lifespan.
  3. Program design: Create exercise programs for individuals of varied fitness levels across the lifespan.
  4. Application of clinical skills: Demonstrate skills and abilities expected of an entry-level exercise professional.

These curriculum outcomes are measured by assessments in numerous courses in the Kinesiology curriculum. More information about program outcomes related to accreditation is available here.