Health and Human Performance M.S.

The School of Health and Human Performance offers the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance with specializations in Health Promotion and Human Performance. There is a sequenced curriculum that provides opportunities for scholarly investigation in professionally relevant areas and a capstone experience that provides application of administrative topics across specialization area. A thesis option or a significant project in a relevant professional setting is also available for a more in-depth research experience.

Candidates for the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance may pursue the Human Performance or Health Promotion programs while remaining in a professional employment position. Once finished with the program, graduates utilize their newly acquired knowledge and skills to improve job performance and to improve the quality of services to clients. Candidates may also pursue advanced study following an undergraduate program or choose to leave a job to engage in a full-time study at GC. These individuals are often looking to make a career change or to seek a new position to commensurate with a master’s degree.

The M.S. in HHP: Health Promotion is appropriate for students from a variety of majors including, but not limited to exercise science, athletic training, community health, health promotion, physical education or nursing. The health promotion program is designed to assist students who wish to gain additional knowledge and skills as a health educator working in the areas of primary and secondary prevention of chronic and acute diseases and disorders and in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Coursework includes the core (nine hours) and health promotion specialization courses (27 hours.) Part-time enrollment is accommodated. The Health Promotion concentration is completely online and students take all 36 hours online.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in HHP: Human Performance meets the needs and interests of physical education teachers, sport coaches, athletic trainers and health and fitness professionals interested in the design and delivery of performance enhancement programs for individuals and team performance. Students will develop knowledge of social and psychological variables that impact physical performance and apply theoretical foundations to professional practice. Coursework includes the M.S. in HHP common core plus the six hour thesis/project (15 hours) and human performance specialization courses (27 hours.) Part-time enrollment is accommodated and students may expect to take laboratory intensive courses at the Milledgeville campus where our state of the art facilities are located. Students complete one of two synthesis options: thesis or project and related elective.

Degree Requirements

M.S. in HHP:  Human Performance Admission Criteria

The following are elements used to determine eligibility for regular admission:

  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Successful completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology or two integrated courses in Anatomy & Physiology
  • Submit a letter of application indicating why you have chosen a career in human performance or health promotion and how the program of study meets your career goals
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Provide a current resume; copies of any relevant, current training certificates or certification cards
  • Students applying to the M.S. in Human Performance must take the GRE or MAT exam. Official scores (sent by the Testing Center) are sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. GRE (minimum score 297) or Miller's Analogy Test (minimum score 385).  Scores will be examined holistically with the other admission requirements on an individual basis.
  • Documentation required by specific program areas may be sent by email attachment directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, toyia.barnes@gcsu.edu or by regular mail to the School of Health and Human Performance (attn: Graduate Studies).

M.S. in HHP: Health Promotion Admission Criteria

The following are elements used to determine eligibility for regular admission:

  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Submit a letter of application indicating why you have chosen a career in human performance or health promotion and how the program of study meets your career goals
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Provide a current resume'; copies of any relevant, current training certificates or certification cards
  • Students applying to the M.S. in Human Performance must take the GRE or MAT exam. Official scores (sent by the testing center) are sent directly to the office of graduate admissions. GRE (minimum score 297) or Miller's Analogy Test (minimum score 385).  Scores will be examined holistically with the other admission requirements on an individual basis.
  • Documentation required by specific program areas may be sent by email attachment directly to the office of graduate admissions, toyia.barnes@gcsu.edu or by regular mail to the School of Health and Human Performance (attn: Graduate Studies).
     

Documentation required by specific program areas may be sent by email attachment directly to the office of admissions, toyia.barnes@gcsu.edu, Jordanne.cary@gcsu.edu or by regular mail to the School of Health and Human Performance (attn: Graduate Studies). 

Potential graduate students seeking to be considered for a graduate assistantship are advised to complete the application form available at gcsujobs.com. Decisions about graduate assistantship are made on an ongoing basis based on credentials, career goals, and program-area needs.  

School of Health and Human Performance
104 Parks Memorial  |  Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4072
Fax: (478) 445-4074