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.


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.

Kinesiology Graduate Certificate - Concentration in Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning & Injury Prevention

The Kinesiology Graduate Certificate - Concentration in Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning & Injury Prevention described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted. Interested students should contact Dr. Joel Martin.

The term Tactical Athlete (TA) can refer to firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and soldiers in all branches of the military. The unique physical requirements of the TA require high levels of fitness and the ability to perform strenuous tasks with little to no warning. For all TA fields, fitness testing, fitness, and injury prevention are inherently part of the culture. The United States Bureau of Labor reports average to above average growth of firefighters, police, and military occupations over the next decade. According to data from 2015 there are 1.1 million (345,000 career, 815,000 volunteer) firefighters, over 800,000 police officers, and more than 1.2 million active duty military in the US.

The Kinesiology Graduate Certificate with a concentration in Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention features an 8 course, 24 credit, 100% online curriculum. The mission of the program is to provide graduates with foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to become leaders in tactical strength, conditioning and injury prevention. Throughout the curriculum, students will be provided a science-based approach toward the fields of exercise science, sports medicine, athletic training, exercise physiology, human performance and strength and conditioning. Upon graduation students will be prepared to enter the work force and immediately apply knowledge to improve the health and fitness of a tactical populations.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 24