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Course Requirements for the M.S. in Physical Education

The following course requirements apply to the M.S. in Physical Education without an emphasis. View the course requirements for the emphasis in Sport Management and Integrated Leadership.

Core Courses12 units
PE 551
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education
PE 552
History and Philosophy of Physical Education
PE 582
Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport
PE 584
Assessment, Evaluation, and Technology in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Research Project Component3 units
PE 589
Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone
Content Courses21 units
PE 555
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
PE 560
Sports Medicine
PE 565
Physical Education, Athletics, and the Law
PE 570
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
PE 575
Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
PE 578
Sport Psychology
PE 580
Wellness and Fitness for Life
Approved transfer units3–6 units
Total36 units


  1. Students must take PE 584 and PE 589 during the last two or three terms prior to graduation.
  2. Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or better, and may not earn lower than a C (2.0) in any PE core or elective course. Students enrolled in PE 589 must earn a B (3.0) or better in each course.

Additional Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each semester?
Half-time students take at least 3–6 units every nine-week term. Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising is highly recommended to determine the course load required.

How long is a semester?
All courses are offered in accelerated nine-week semester terms in fall and spring. For summer, the term lasts six weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Classes meet for approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes, once a week.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students attend one evening per week for each enrolled course.

How many students will there be in my classes?
This varies depending on the campus and the particular class, but the average class size in this program ranges from 12–15 students.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
No, this program does not require a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project. However, a research project is required in the final course.

How soon can I finish this program?
The physical education degree can potentially be finished in one year. However, it can take longer; therefore, academic advising is highly recommended and especially helpful in determining what is suitable for the individual based on personal schedule and content of the current class.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.