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Graduate Programs in the School of Health and Human Performance

Our graduate programs provide an opportunity for advanced study for in-field practitioners or students interested in pursuing a career in related practice settings. Programs of study include a challenging balance of traditional courses and clinical, laboratory, or field preparation. The master thesis or project option accommodates a wide range of professional interests and applications to enhance a student's career goals. Specific courses are available at Milledgeville and/or Macon Campuses. For application information contact the Georgia College admissions office at                      

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Kinesiology/Physical Education degree provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related discipline such as Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Outdoor Education, Human Performance, etc that includes coursework listed in Essential Course Admission Prerequisites. The degree program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include coursework or learning experiences necessary to meet NCATE/NASPE national accreditation standards and the Georgia Performance Standards in health and physical education necessary for Health & Physical Education P-12 teacher certification. Successful completion of the M.A.T. program leads to a T-5 Georgia Teacher Certification.

The M.Ed. in Kinesiology: 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.

The M.Ed. in Kinesiology: 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 to enhance both individual and team performance. Students will develop knowledge of social and psychological variables that impact physical performance and apply theoretical foundations to professional practice.


1.  Application deadlines are:

July 15 - Fall Semester
Nov 15 - Spring Semester
April 1 - Maymester
April 1 - Summer Semester

2.  Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the upper division major in undergraduate study.

3.  One official copy of all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate study institutions must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at the time of application or at least eight weeks prior to the start of classes.

4.  Potential graduate students are required to complete the GRE (general test only) and have official scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

5.  M.Ed. Community Health, Human Performance, or Outdoor Education Administration concentrations: The following formula is used to determine eligibility for regular admission: GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division major coursework) X 100] = 1200 or more. Students may be eligible for provisional admission if the GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division major coursework) X 100] = 1100 to 1199.      

6.  M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education program:  

  • Additional Georgia Teacher Licensure Admission Requirement
    Students must Pass (or be exempt from*) the GACE Basic Exam.

    *To be exempt from taking and passing the GACE Basic exam, a student will need to have scored a total of 43 (reading + math) on the ACT or a total of 1000 (reading + math) on the SAT.

  • Regular Graduate School Admission
    Depending on the admission test one selects, the following formula is used to determine eligibility for regular admission: GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division major coursework) X 100] = 1200 or more or a MAT (Millers Analogy Test) score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division major hours) X 100] = 700 or more.

  • Provisional Graduate School Admission
    Students will be eligible for provisional admission in the following circumstances: GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division major coursework) X 100] = 1100 to 1199 or a MAT score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division major hours) X 100] = 660 to 699. 

    Students who earn provisional admission status must complete 9-12 hours of graduate course work at Georgia College & State University with a 3.0 GPA to be considered for regular admission. The 9-12 hours must be earned in courses approved by the Coordinator of Physical Education.  

7.   For graduate programs in the School of Health and Human Performance, only 9 semester hours of graduate course work may be accepted from other institutions. Only courses with grades of B or better will be accepted.

8.  Students are required to submit immunization records. 
The Certificate of Immunization (pdf) requires a physician's signature.

Information about Graduate Assistantships.

See the complete list of programs.


Contact Information 
Dr. Lisa Griffin
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-4072
Fax 478-445-4074

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