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Promote health and wellness to those with disabilities

Adapted Physical Activity can prepare you for a rewarding career in a high-growth market.

Adapted Physical Activity (Master of Science)

Offered by: Physical and Health Education

The health status of persons with disabilities is a critical emerging need in the human service profession. As such, it is an employment market that is growing much more quickly than other physical activity fields. Graduates of the Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity can find rewarding careers such as specialists in school districts, advanced recreation therapy positions, fitness center positions, and community-based agencies focusing on health promotion and physical activity for persons with disabilities.

The Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity program is geared towards individuals who already hold undergraduate degrees in areas such as physical education, teacher education, exercise science, therapeutic recreation, special education, athletic training or other related fields.

Description

The Master of Science degree in Adapted Physical Activity is a 30-credit hour program that can be completed in just three semesters. This is a non-thesis program which includes a research project and culminates in a required six-hour internship experience during the summer. Examples of internships could include experiences such as the NASA headquarters in Florida - providing fitness programs for employees with disabilities; the Lakeshore Foundation in Alabama - working with Paralympic athletes for the Olympic Games; or at the Paralympic training site in Colorado.

Highlights

The Master of Science degree in Adapted Physical Activity offers:

  • A 30-credit hour program that can be completed in 12 months beginning either fall or spring term
  • A non-thesis program which includes a research project and culminates in a required six-credit hour internship experience
  • Hands-on internship opportunities

The graduate program in Adapted Physical Activity is structured to address public policy and health promotion initiatives as described by legislators and health care personnel at the federal and the state levels. The curriculum is issue-oriented and prepares its graduates for professional, advocacy, and leadership (PAL) roles in the community and across the state.

Requirements

*Applicants may submit supplemental application materials as a PDF or JPEG file via email (graduate.admissions@sru.edu), fax (724.738.2146), or mail.

**Evaluators must submit recommendations via the wufoo form link provided.