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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Health and Human Performance


Health Leadership – Public Health Education

This program is for students who are interested in community health and want to pursue a career in health education.  The curriculum enables students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination and offers a variety of classes including, epidemiology, nutrition, foundations of health education, to name a few.  Students enrolled full time in the program can complete it within a year.  The following link provides information on course offerings:  Health Leadership - Public Health Education

Health Leadership – Health Administration

This program focuses on healthcare administration and entices students who are interested in working in hospitals, independent/dependent care facilities, clinics, etc.  Students who enroll in this program will take classes which are completely online and in an eight week format.  Some of the classes include financial management, organization and administration, law and policy, and human resources.  The following link provides information on course offerings:  Health Leadership - Health Administration (ONLINE)

Sport and Wellness Leadership

This program will prepare students to gain knowledge in the basics of human performance.  They will learn about sport and wellness through classes such as exercise physiology, sport psychology, nutrition, and leadership.  Students will also gain valuable experience in research and scientific writing.  The following link provides information on course offerings:  Sport and Wellness Leadership

HHP Admission Requirements (College of Graduate Studies)

To pursue a master's degree in the Department of Health and Human Performance, candidates must have met all general admission requirements established by the College of Graduate Studies. These requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

The student must furnish official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and official scores (not more than five years old) on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Acceptable GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam (as well as the writing section) are required for regular admission.   These scores are a 140 on both the verbal and quantitative sections, and a 2.5 analytical writing score.

Prospective international students must submit applications and complete certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. Transfer students from foreign institutions must provide a copy of a course-by-course equivalency review performed by an educational credentials agency. The College of Graduate Studies handles application procedures for all international students.

An international student also is required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language. A paper-based score of 500 or a computer-based score of 173 on the TOEFL Examination is required of applicants whose native language is not English. All international students must provide evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay their educational expenses.

Financial Assistance/Graduate Assistantships

Departmental graduate assistantships are available and awarded on the basis of undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, resume, and an interview. Graduate assistants (GAs) are paid monthly and are required to work 20 hours per week. Duties are assigned based on departmental need and may include: assisting with HHP 1250 Wellness Concepts and Practices course; teaching PHED classes; assisting professors, and various office duties. Working hours are flexible and will be arranged around the GA's class schedule.

Assistantships are available for the academic year in Sport and Wellness Leadership, Health Leadership – Health Administration Path or Health Leadership – Public Health Path.  Stipends for assistantships are considered scholarships and include tuition and fee waiver. Applicants interested in a graduate assistantship must apply for admission and submit a completed Application for Graduate Assistantship to the College of Graduate Studies. Deadline for Graduate Assistant Application is March 1, annually. Admission and GA application forms are available in the College of Graduate Studies, 203 Kimbrough Building, and at:

In addition to graduate assistantships, Austin Peay offers student loans, work-study and part-time employment opportunities. Information about these funding options are available in the Financial Aid Office at (931) 221-7907.