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Setting minds into motion

The exercise science program is just one of the ways you can turn your passion for sports into a professional career. This program offers three dynamic concentrations: human performance; clinical/pre-professional; and strength and conditioning.

An innovative degree with a long-term advantage

The College of Education and Human Development's Department of Human Performance and Health Education (HPHE) is ready to help you find and pursue your passion. With the support of our dedicated faculty and global student body, you will develop the skills to thrive personally and professionally. We offer experience-based learning that will prepare you for a successful, meaningful career.

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  • 85% of graduates working full time have a job related to their degree

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  • 100% of undergraduate students complete an internship or field experience

  • 90% of degree earners are actively engaged within three months of graduation

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Programs with a purpose

In the Department of Human Performance and Health Education, we believe in setting minds into motion and creating a culture of success for our students. Through the promotion of health and wellness, a passion for physical education and a love of athletics, our programs educate future generations about the importance of taking care of our bodies and our minds. 

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Earn credit for prior learning

Committed to making learning accessible and affordable, we now offer Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Opportunities. Students may now apply for potential credit for their prior knowledge and experiences for the master of arts degree in sports coaching.  

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  • Undergraduate degrees

    Our department offers five undergraduate degrees: exercise science, event management, physical and health education teacher education, recreation management and sport management.

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    Graduate degrees

    Our department offers a graduate certificate in adapted physical education, a master's degree in either exercise science, physical education, sport management or sports coaching, and a doctoral degree in education and human development with program specific concentrations.

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