Program Description


The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers a Master of Science degree. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, Sport and Leisure Service Management; Human Performance and Wellness; and General. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of sports, physical education, wellness and recreation.  Students selecting the Sport and Leisure Service Management emphases will be required to complete an internship as part of their degree program. The program consists of 32 credit hours.

Why Pitt State?

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

About Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg State University, home of the Gorillas, is located in the southeast corner of Kansas. The University is within thirty minutes of Joplin, MO., two hours from Tulsa, OK, Kansas City, and Springfield MO. . Midwest values and hospitality are found on this campus of 7,000 students where the student to faculty ratio is 18-to-1. At Pittsburg State University, students can choose from over 100 academic programs distributed among the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology. Pittsburg State students enjoy small class sizes, challenging courses, a caring faculty, and modern classrooms. Within six months of graduation, approximately 80% of Pittsburg State University graduates are either gainfully employed or enrolled in advanced studies. With our geographical location our students are close enough for big city visits, but still enjoy campus and city sponsored activities. The 20,000 citizens of Pittsburg, KS take pride in supporting Pittsburg State and its mission of encouraging all individuals to achieve their potential.