Sport and Human Performance Graduate Certificate

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Get people active and on the move

Trainer. Rehab specialist. P.E. teacher. Strength and conditioning coach.

Whatever you do, having the latest skills and insight is crucial.

Do more with a certificate in sport and human performance. Give better support in physical activity, fitness and performance to people at all levels.

Certificate in Sport and Human Performance

Rebecca Woodard, Program Director
McDonald Arena, Room 116B; Phone: 417-836-5690

Program description

The Sport and Human Performance Certificate is a 12-hour program that includes four 3-credit courses (3 required and 1 elective). It is designed to provide preparation and additional credentials for career placement in various related fields such as, but not limited to: exercise practitioner, research scientist, teaching in educational or clinical settings (i.e. biomechanics, exercise physiology, health, strength and conditioning, etc.)

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree in kinesiology, exercise science, health, physical education, or related field from an accredited university.
  2. Letter of intent which must include: (a) career goals, (b) research experience, (c) research interests.
  3. Professional curriculum vitae or resume.
  4. All additional admission requirements established by Missouri State University and the Graduate College.

Certificate Course Requirements (12 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
KIN 755 Fitness as Preventative Medicine 3 hrs
KIN 760 Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement 3 hrs
KIN 762 Applied Exercise Physiology 3 hrs
  Choose three hours from the following: 3 hrs
KIN 650 Organization and Administration for Kinesiology Professionals  
KIN 667 Physical and Leisure Activities for the Aging Adult  
KIN 668 Adapted Physical Education  
KIN 669 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques  
HLH 682 Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals  
KIN 733 Current Problems in Sports Administration  
KIN 735 Administration of School P.E. and Athletic Programs  
KIN 737 Curriculum Designs for Physical Education  
KIN 759 Contemporary Health Problems  
KIN 780 Legal Aspects in Sports, P.E., and Wellness Programs  
KIN 781 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education  
KIN 797 Graduate Seminar  

Certificate requirements

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the program.

Career paths

  • Exercise practitioner
  • Research scientist
  • Teaching in educational or clinical settings
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise physiology
    • Health
    • Strength and conditioning

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

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