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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The MS in Athletic Training program is a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited professional program, for individuals pursuing a career and certification by by the Board of Certification as an Athletic Trainer. Please visit the MS in AT programs webpage for information on all admission and application requirements, as this is an allied health care professional licensing and certification program. 

The admission criteria for this program can be found on the MS in AT Program website and in the MS in AT Program Handbook.  Please direct any questons to the MS in AT Program Director: Mathew Sabin, PhD, ATC .

Master of Science in Physical Education

IMPORTANT NOTE: the MS of Science in Physical Education Degree name will change effective Fall 2018 for graduates to a Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science.

The Master's degree in Physical Education offers an emphasis in one of three option areas: Sports Administration, Exercise and Wellness, or Exercise and Sport Science. Each option requires 30 credit hours for completion. Full-time graduate students in the Sports Administration and Exercise and Wellness options typically take four courses in each of the Fall and Spring semesters and complete their program with an internship in the summer. The Exercise and Sport Science option includes ten courses but no internship. A thesis is available to, but not required for, students in the Exercise and Sport Science option. The program may be pursued on a part-time basis by teachers or professionals already working in the field. The Graduate Coordinator will work with students to develop their program of study.

Information and Requirements: 
  1. Exercise and Sport Science - 30 hours of coursework (10 courses or 8 courses and 6 hours of thesis)

  2. Exercise and Wellness - 30 hours total = 24 hours coursework + 6 hours of internship

  3. Sports Administration - 30 hours total = 24 hours coursework + 6 hours internship


Admission into the Master of Science program in Physical Education requires completion of a baccalaureate degree in exercise science, physical education or in a field related to graduate study in sport administration (e.g., business, marketing, sociology) or exercise and wellness (e.g. nutrition, health). Transcripts serve as documentation for admission.

Admission Requirements (For All MS in PE Programs):

NOTE: Online applications should be submitted to EKU gradschool online

In order to be granted clear admission into the graduate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Bachelors degree in related field (official transcript should be sent directly to EKU Graduate School)

  2. Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA

  3. Two professional letters of recommendation attached directly to online application.

  4. Personal and professional narrative attached directly to online application

  5. One of the following, unless cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher:
  • Millers Analogies Test (MAT) minimum score of 365
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum scores of 147 in Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning and 3.5 (analytical writing requirement)

Program Requirements:

Probation and Progress in the Program: If, in any semester of study, a student’s graduate grade point average falls below 3.0 for all courses taken after admission to the program, the student will automatically be on academic probation. The student will be dismissed from the program following any second semester with a cumulative GPA below 3.0. A student in the program is allowed to earn no more than one “C” and no “D”s or “F”s in courses taken after admission to the program.

Exercise and Sport Science Foundations: 15-18 hours

  • PHE 800 or EPY 869 and select 12-15 additional hours from: PHE 762, 775, 790, 810, 812, 814, 821, 822, 823, 825, 831, 833, 848, 851, 852, 865, 869, 875, 891, 895; or 700 and/or 800 level course with prior departmental approval from non-PHE graduate departments (not to exceed 12 credit hours.)

Select one of the following concentrations: 12-15 hours

  • Exercise and Sport Science Concentration: Select one 800 level PHE course (3 hours) plus nine hours of PHE 700 and/or 800 level courses.* Or PHE 897 (6 hours) plus six hours from PHE 700 and/or 800 level courses. 
  • Sports Administration Concentration: PHE 730, PHE 835, and PHE 870 (6 hours) or PHE 839 (6 hours). 
  • Exercise and Wellness Concentration: PHE 717, PHE 812, PHE 821, PHE 871 (6 hours).​​

Total Requirements: 30 hours

  • *A maximum of nine hours of 700 level course works is allowed.


The program has a rolling deadline. 


  • The thesis is optional in this program with the Exercise and Sport Science concentration.


All prospective graduate assistants must apply through EKU HR. 

PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualified students each academic year. Typically, most GA positions begin in the Fall semester and continue through the Spring semester. Some GA positions may be available to begin in the Spring semester. Graduate teaching assistants work approximately 20 hours per week teaching physical activity courses or laboratory activities and working as a faculty aid. Graduate Assistantships provide students a stipend of $5,600 per semester and a partial waiver of six credit hours.

Graduate Links:

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Heather Adams-Blair
Department of Exercise & Sport Science
Eastern Kentucky University
224 Moberly, 521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
859.622.1898 - office
859.622.1254 - fax


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