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 Graduate Program 



The APA program offers a Master of Science degree in Adapted Physical Activity that can be completed in just three semesters (Fall, Spring, and a Summer internship). Students enter as a cohort and take classes full time.

The Master of Science Degree program in Adapted Physical Activity is designed for professionals who wish to promote health and wellness programs for persons with disabilities of all ages. The health status of persons with disabilities is a critical and emerging need in the human service profession and is a field of employment estimated to grow faster than most other fields. Possible roles to be assumed by graduates include Adapted Physical Education Specialists in school districts, advanced recreation therapy positions, positions in fitness centers, corporate fitness centers working with individuals with disabilities, and in community-based agencies focusing on health promotion and physical activity for persons with disabilities.

Before taking MS classes, students should have a basic knowledge of applied anatomy. Students should also have taken an introductory course focusing on disability or have previous experience in the field. This MS program is geared towards individuals who possess undergraduate degrees in physical education teacher education, exercise science, therapeutic recreation, special education, athletic training, or other related fields.

For unconditional admission, the following is required:

  • QPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from an undergraduate professor)
  • Official transcripts
  • A 750 word personal essay describing how this degree will help the applicant reach his/her career goals.
For more information on this degree, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Individuals interested in learning more about MS program should contact Dr. Robert Arnhold at