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.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate programs in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) meet the growing demand from students and professionals for advanced study in athletic training, physical education, recreation administration, sport management, applied kinesiology, and related fields.

The programs offer graduate students unique advantages including: personal attention from highly-connected faculty members; cutting-edge research opportunities; and exceptional career prospects that derive from George Mason’s location within the vibrant Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Master's DegreesMore Less

M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning: Physical Education Concentration

This master’s degree program is for practicing health and physical education teachers. It features advanced course work offered through Mason’s School of Education. The master’s degree does not fulfill licensure requirements.

M.S. Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program is an intense curriculum following a medical model with initial foundational coursework upon which competency is built through advanced didactic and laboratory coursework, and practical application through patient care in five practicum experiences.

M.S. Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion

This program takes a science-based approach toward the fields of allied health and human performance. Focus areas include athletic training, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning.

  • Advanced Practitioner Concentration
    The Advanced Practitioner Concentration is specially designed for those with prior undergraduate or entry-level education in health and human performance related areas. Completing this degree concentration will provide the research savvy practitioners advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice is advanced athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, exercise scientists, and/or the pursuit of further academic study (doctoral programs).

M.S. Sport and Recreation Studies

Students in this master’s program choose from among the following three concentrations.

Graduate CertificatesMore Less

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism offers two master's level certificate programs. Additional information may be found by clicking on the links below.

Kinesiology Graduate Certificate

Sport Management Graduate Certificate

Doctoral DegreeMore Less

The PhD in Education with a specialization in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion degree program requires a minimum of 85 credits of study beyond the baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 55 credits beyond the master's degree. However, an individual's program typically requires 10 more credits depending on the person's goals, program requirements, and previous preparation. Students have five years to complete all course work and the portfolio reviews. Five additional years are allowed to complete the dissertation. Most students complete the entire program in five or six years.