Graduate ProgramsPage address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/hp/graduate/
Program flexibility is a hallmark in Human Performance graduate study at Minnesota State University. Human Performance graduate students may pursue either the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees. Both tracks afford student great flexibility to design a course of study based on individual need.
Minnesota State Mankato's Athletic Training program prepares professionals to treat physically active patients as part of an integrated health-care team. As one of the oldest and most respected programs in the country, we have taken a leadership role in adopting a master's level program that will allow our graduates to secure the best jobs at higher salaries.
This online program has two emphases, one in Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) and another in Physical Education Pedagogy. Our project-based curriculum allows you to apply what you are learning in your own classes and to have an immediate impact on your students and school.
The MS degree in exercise physiology trains graduate students on the latest science of performance testing and exercise prescription for a wide-range of populations. Students and faculty from our laboratory present and publish routinely on the topics in exercise assessment and prescription.
As one of a few programs in the region, our graduate program provides hands-on experiences and real-world research opportunities that add up to great career opportunities as sport psychology consultants, health and wellness or athletic coaches, athletic trainers and more.
Our hands-on program emphasizes experiential learning, which allows students to develop professional skills in the business of sports while learning the theories and knowledge needed to succeed in this growing, dynamic field. We have partnerships with the Vikings, Timberwolves, Life Time Fitness, Mankato MoonDogs and many more!
Core Requirements for all Master's students
Coursework in statistics and research methods.C
Thesis Track (30–32 Credits)
At the end of the first academic year the student should select a permanent advisor, an area of emphasis and a research thesis topic. The student with his/her advisor should select members from the graduate faculty to serve on the advisory committee. The advisory committee usually consists of 3 graduate faculty members. The advisory committee must include two members of the Department of Human Performance. The advisory committee is chaired by the student's advisor who reviews and approves the coursework, research, and thesis. A thesis will prepare students for the more research oriented fields or doctoral programs. There are no written comps at the end of coursework if the student pursues a thesis option.
Alternate Plan Paper (34–36 Credits)
At the end of the first academic year, the student should select a permanent advisor and an area of specialization. The student with his/her advisor should select members from the graduate faculty to serve on the advisory committee. The advisory committee usually consists of 3 graduate faculty members. The advisory committee must include two members of the graduate faculty from the Department of Human Performance. The advisory committee reviews and approves the student's coursework and Alternate Plan Paper. Written comps are required at the end of the coursework if a student pursues an Alternate Plan Paper. Written comps are scheduled once each fall and spring semester.
Internship Capstone Option (36 Credits)
This option is only available for the Sport Management Program. At the end of the first academic year, the student should select a permanent advisor and an area of specialization. The internship supervisor reviews and approves the student's coursework and internship final project.
The Department of Human Performance, in consultation with Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation and contractual relations with Gustavus Adolphus College and Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, employs graduate assistants at salaries ranging from $4,000–$8,000 for the academic year. Graduate assistants during each semester of assistantship service and who are enrolled in 6–12 graduate credits receive stipends totaling one–half to full tuition waiver depending on amount of stipend. Applications for graduate assistantships are accepted until positions are filled, however, applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of February. Graduate assistantship applications may be secured directly from the College of Graduate Studies website: Graduate Assistantship Applications.