Program Overview

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science with a Major in Physical Education for students interested in careers in coaching and physical education. Students will hopefully expand their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, sports, exercise, leadership, and education as part of the program preparing them for providing physical education services and sports leadership. Students in the program will explore complex and advanced issues in physical education, involving topics such as exercise science, athletic training, athletic coaching education, sports and exercise psychology, and sports leadership.

Students in the program will study through a curriculum which involves advanced studies of athletic coaching and topics in sports management. The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours of classes which include injury prevention and control, history and philosophy of sports, and anatomy and physiology.

Students who successfully complete the degree will have needed to prove they can create a curriculum relating to the practical study of physical education and development of athletic programs in different educational settings, to understand the methods of assessment, usage of technology, and usage of evaluation techniques by effective educators and evaluators in physical education and exercise science, to understand the topics of sports and the ethical nature of sporting competition within American culture, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to the sports industry and physical education.

Additionally, students will be expected to understand the processes theories, and concepts behind sports program administration, including operations, budgeting, and personnel in physical education programs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    To qualify for regular admission, applicants must:
    Hold at least a baccalaureate from a regionally-accredited, 4-year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures.
    Have achieved a score of no less than 301 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (verbal and quantitative sections combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011 (900 prior to August 1, 2011) or a score of no less than 391 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Only those scores that are less than 6 years old will be considered.
    Students may be exempt from the GRE or MAT with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures or with evidence of a master’s degree in any field from a regionally-accredited institution.


    Online programs are not available for applicants requiring an F-1 visa for admission to the university.

    School Overview

    University of North Georgia was founded in 1873 as a branch of the Georgia College of Agriculture and Mechanical through the University of Georgia. The first classes held at University of North Georgia served both men and women, making it the first coeducational college in the state. In 1929 the name of the school became North Georgia College. Then in 1932, the college was reduced to a two-year junior college but was reinstated as a four-year college by 1946. In 2012, North Georgia College and the State University with Gainesville State College merged to form the University of North Georgia by January 2013. The school's mission is "to provide an environment of academic excellence that develops leaders who respect all people, maintain high ethical standards, continue intellectual and personal growth and serve the community, the state, the nation and the world."

    Students have a variety of options academically at University of North Georgia leading to associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. There are four schools in which students can find a program:

    • College of Arts & Letters
    • Mike Cottrell College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences & Professions
    • College of Science & Mathematics
    • University College
    • Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis

    University of North Georgia offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. 


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