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This program prepares you for a rewarding career in a high-growth market.

Lifelong Wellness Through Innovative Leadership (Master of Science)

Offered by: Physical and Health Education

The Master of Science in Lifelong Wellness through Innovative Leadership program takes a uniquely innovative approach to educating professionals on how to provide learners with both physical and overall wellness skills that can be carried throughout their entire lifetime. Participants can choose between two concentrations within the program: Adapted Physical Activity or School Wellness Education.


The Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Concentration Description
The Adapted Physical Activity (APA) concentration, part of the Master of Science in Lifelong Wellness through Innovative Leadership program, is geared toward 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. Learners in this concentration will be empowered to fill the critical need in the human service profession of improving the physical activity and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. Learners enrolled in this concentration will acquire the unique skill sets to create and lead programs that help people with disabilities stay active and healthy. Graduates can find rewarding careers such as adapted physical education 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.

For many, the highlight of the program is the Internship experience. APA interns have worked with Paralympic athletes at both the Lakeshore Foundation in Alabama and the Paralympics Olympic site in Colorado. Other internship settings include camps and outdoor wilderness programs, public schools, fitness centers, recreation facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, the SRU equestrian center, pools and sport training facilities.

The School Wellness Education (SWE) Concentration Description
The School Wellness Education (SWE) concentration, part of the Master of Science in Lifelong Wellness through Innovative Leadership program, is geared toward health and physical education teachers looking to transition from a traditional health and physical education model to a wellness education model. This concentration will also benefit professionals who are eager to enhance their current school wellness model.

Learners in this program will be empowered to create a healthier society through their schools by updating their K-12 health and physical education programs to better align with current initiatives from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Graduates of this program will be equipped with the skills to facilitate positive change within their classrooms, schools, and K-12 health and physical education programs. The School Wellness Education concentration focuses on four core areas of learning: school wellness, personalized learning, utilizing educational technology for teaching, and school-to-community wellness (WSCC model).


The Adapted Physical Activity (APA) concentration 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.

The School Wellness Education (SWE) concentration offers:

  • A 30-credit hour program with a flexible option for learners who prefer to go at their own pace or need to fit the program into their unique schedule as a working professional
  • Courses 100% online with flexibility to learn from anywhere
  • Core courses during the fall or spring semester and remaining credits offered during the winter and summer terms 


Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Two electronic recommendation forms
  • A 750 word essay describing how this degree will help reach your career goals
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 
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*If you are requesting review of your graduate transcripts for transfer of credit, please complete the transfer of credit form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with official graduate transcripts. Please review SRU's transfer of credit policy.