Master of Arts Degree Online

Our graduate program is completely online and offers students the opportunity to pursue a Master's degree conveniently.

The focus of the master's program is to enhance professional skills in the selected area of study; therefore, coursework focuses on practical outcomes more than theoretical perspectives. Our graduates are equipped to provide high quality programs and to teach youth the importance and benefits of healthy lifestyles.

 Requirements & Degree Concentrations

  • Your Advisement Contact

    Dr. Christy Killman, Chair 
    P: 931-372-3467
    E: ckillman@tntech.edu 

  • Requirements & Core Courses

    Core Courses: 9 hours
    Research Component: 6 hours
    Concentration: 9-15 hours
    Guided Electives: 0-6 hours
    Total: 30 hours


    Core Courses

    • EXPW 6220 Technology in Sport, Physical Education and Wellness
    • EXPW 6240 Assessment in Sport, Physical Education and Wellness
    • EXPW 6250 Applied Motor Development and Motor Learning

    Research

    • EXPW 6510 Research Methods
    • EXPW 6520 Research Project (Prerequisite: EXPW 6510)

    Electives

    • EXPW 5500 Perspectives in Physical Education*
    • EXPW 5940 Fitness and Wellness
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • EXPW 6920 Topics in Physical Education & Wellness (1-6 hours

    *Required for those students who do not hold an undergraduate major in Physical Education.

  • Adapted Physical Education

    The program is designed for students interested in leading physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities.

    • SPED 6060 Education of Orthopedic and Motor Impaired
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • Electives 6 Hours

  • Elementary & Secondary School Physical Education

    Elementary & Middle School Physical Education: This program is designed for students with a current license in physical education interested in pursuing additional study in the field.

    • EXPW 6210 Curriculum Design in Physical Education
    • EXPW 6350 Instructional Strategies for Physical Education
    • EXPW 6450 Middle School Physical Education
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • Elective 3 hours
    • K-12 Licensure: This program available for students seeking teaching certification. Additional requirements:

    Licensure requires admission to the Teacher Education Program, an additional 20 credit hours of pedagogical content, field experience, and student teaching.

  • Fitness & Lifetime Wellness

    Is a program designed for students interested in health, wellness, or performance aspects of physical activity and training. This program focuses on practical applications rather than clinical rehabilitation.

    • EXPW 6042 Health Promotions
    • EXPW 6440 Physiology of Exercise
    • EXPW 5940 Fitness and Wellness
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • Elective 3 Hours

  • Sport Management 

    This program is designed for students who desire an administrative career in the sports industry and/or with professional or college sports teams.

    • EXPW 6710 Leadership and Management in Sport
    • EXPW 6720 Legal, Ethical & Risk Issues
    • EXPW 6730 Administration and Supervision of Sport
    • EXPW 6740 Sport Marketing & Promotion
    • EXPW 6750 Design & Management of Sport Facilities
    • EXPW 6760 Internship in Sport Management

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Students may apply for a graduate assistantship. Assistantships cover tuition, fees, and provide a monthly stipend.

    Our department currently offers assistantships in teaching, strength and conditioning, and Special Olympics administration.

    For an application for a paid Graduate Assistantship visit the College of Graduate Studies website or drop by our office, Memorial Gym, Rm. 100, to pick up an application form.

More About the Online Master's

  • About the Online Master's Program

    Earn your Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness (MA-EXPW) from an established, fully accredited university in the most flexible way possible - at home, in your office, or while traveling. our MA-EXPW is designed to fit your lifestyle without disruption of professional or personal schedules.

    • The MA-EXPW is a 30-hour online degree.

    The focus of the first year of the program is to analyze and improve individual teacher effectiveness.

    The goal for the second year is to analyze and improve your physical education program.

    This online approach features course content presented in iLearn as well as readings from selected physical education textbooks and journals.

    Additionally, chat room sessions and e-mail discussions of current topics and issues will be used throughout the program.

    All students entering the Masters' Degree program in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness will be required to attend an one day on-campus orientation prior to their initial semester as well as to complete the comprehensive examinations on the Tennessee Tech campus at the completion of their program.

  • Writing Requirements for Admission

    If you do not have a sample of undergraduate writing from a 4000 level course, then you will need to complete a writing sample from the prompts below. 

    Pick one of the topics and write a 500-word essay and then upload your finished work into your application account with the College of Graduate Studies.

    NOTE: Your application for admission as a graduate students will not be processed without a writing sample. Please contact the Department of Exercise Science, expw@tntech.edu. directly if you have questions about the requirements.



    Writing Topics (choose one):

    1) Discuss a time when you have failed at something and tell about what happened as the result.

    2) Discuss Metabolic Syndrome.  Include definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment.

    3) It is reported that 50% of all people who start an exercise program dropout within one year of starting the program. Describe in detail the factors related to exercise attrition and adherence to an exercise program. Focus on factors that are modifiable and ways you will modify them.

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