Master of Science in Health and Physical Education

About the Health and Physical Education, MS

In the Health and Physical Education Master’s Program, we aim to enhance your knowledge and foster the development of innovative learning in the spheres of health and physical education. You will dive into subjects like adaptive physical education, exercise physiology, health and wellness, and research methodologies. Upon graduation, you will be fully equipped to contribute to a culture of health, wellness, and physical activity in schools and beyond.

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Why Study Health and Physical Education at CWU?

Our program has been offered since 2001, and we have a record of graduating exemplary educators to prove it.

One of the standout features of our program is its fully online format, tailored to the unique requirements of working professionals. We provide maximum flexibility without compromising the quality of instruction. This format allows you to learn at your own pace and time, making it possible to further your education while managing your work and personal commitments.

"I completed my master’s feeling that my learning opportunities were worthwhile and left with an extended network of PE colleagues to continue to learn from. I would highly recommend this program to any physical education teacher!" Sara Russell graduated in 2009 with an MS in Health and Physical Education.

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How much does this program cost?

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Does CWU offer assistantships?

Find opportunities to fund your degree through the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

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Careers and Opportunities

Our Health and Physical Education, MS has provided graduates with the information and work ethic to be effective teachers. Some of our graduates continue to publish journal articles and books, while others have been recognized as state and regional teachers of the year.

  • Physical Education Teacher: You can pursue a career as a physical education teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools. With an MS degree, you may be eligible for leadership positions within the school, such as department head.
  • Health Education Specialist: Health education specialists work in schools, community organizations, or healthcare settings to promote healthy behaviors and provide education on various health topics. They develop and implement health education programs and may also conduct research related to health promotion.
  • Athletic Director: You could pursue a career as an athletic director. This role involves overseeing sports programs, managing budgets, scheduling athletic events, and ensuring compliance with regulations and policies.

Additional Program Information

  • Program Information

    Students attend the program as a cohort starting during the first summer and continuing until they graduate the following summer. The cohort format enhances a feeling of support and collegial relationships that continue until the culmination of the online program.

    Duration of Program: 5 quarters; 45 total credits


    • Summer: 6 credits (Online)
    • Fall, Winter, and Spring: 30 credits (Online)
    • Summer: 9 credits (Online)

    Please contact Dr. Mark Perez if you are interested in learning more about this degree program or if you have additional questions.

    Mark Perez
    Phone: 509-963-1919
  • Admission Requirements

    Along with the School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, students must possess an undergraduate degree in education (any endorsement area).


New Facilities, New Possibilities

CWU’s Department of Sport and Movement Studies is housed in the new $60 million Health Sciences Building, which allows students to study in a state-of-the-art facility with innovative technology.

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