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.
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 Graduate School of Education. The master’s degree does not fulfill licensure requirements.
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.
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.
- Wellness Practitioner Concentration
The Wellness Practitioner Concentration is specially designed for those without extensive prior educational background in health and human performance related areas. Completing this degree concentration will provide the research savvy practitioners the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and manage exercise science, fitness, wellness, and health and human performance programs and facilities.
- 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).
Students in this master’s program choose from among the following three concentrations.
- Recreation Administration concentration
Prepares graduates to assume mid- to upper-level administrative positions in park and recreation organizations and industries.
- Sport and Leisure Studies concentration
Emphasizes the historical, critical, socio-cultural, and theoretical analysis of sport and leisure issues.
- Sport Management concentration
Meets the growing needs and demands of a rapidly changing sport industry seeking to hire educated and culturally aware professionals
- Individualized Study in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Concentration
With advisor approval, students may select four 3-credit courses within the university catalog that form an integrated program of study.
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.
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.