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Fitness Promotion - MFP

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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

A person with a professional degree in “Fitness Promotion” can work in a variety of positions and settings in which a specialist is needed to develop programs that combat cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, metabolic disorders, and musculoskeletal problems. Employment opportunities are commonly found in fitness and wellness centers, hospitals and health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, corporations and universities.

The MFP degree aims to meet the needs of students who desire to or currently hold a position within the field of health fitness. This degree meets the needs of students who do not foresee pursuing a PhD or a career as a researcher. Student’s extensive fieldwork (practicum) experience further ensures a practical benchmark for a career as a health-fitness professional.

The primary focus of the degree is to acquire advanced skills specific to a profession in a health fitness setting. In addition to some of the same courses that MS students take (i.e., Advanced Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), MFP students take courses in ECG interpretation and Health Psychology, as well as health- and wellness-related electives from other departments (e.g., Nutritional Epidemiology, Sociology of Health, etc.).

For additional information about the Master of Fitness Promotion program and admission requirements, contact the Kinesiology and Health Science  Department or visit the department’s website at https://cehs.usu.edu/khs/graduate/master-of-fitness-promotion.

B. MFP Electives (select 17 credits)

School of Graduate Studies Requirements

  • Degree Verification: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or a similarly recognized international university is required for admission to and completion of a graduate program.
  • Overall Graduate GPA at least 3.0 and no grades of C- or lower: Graduate students are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for degree-program courses. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted for a graduate degree.
  • Course Number Acceptability: The Program of Study for a master’s degree must include at least 15-semester credits at the level of 6000 or above. Credits in the following areas are not acceptable in a degree program: foreign languages (unless included in an approved Program of Study), continuing graduate advisement, individual home study, military science, and courses numbered below 3000.
  • Matriculation Start Semester: A master’s degree must be completed within six years of entering the degree program. Additional time may be requested by the student’s committee and submitted to the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies for review.
  • Coursework Validity: Coursework over eight years old at the time of degree completion may not be used for a graduate degree unless it is revalidated.
  • USU Residency Requirement: At least 24 semester credits for a master’s degree must be from a committee-approved and a School of Graduate Studies-approved Program of Study from Utah State University.
  • Thesis/Dissertation Research Credits 6970/7970: Professional/Plan C students cannot use any thesis/dissertation credits.
  • Master’s forms: Approval of academic forms required for master’s students by the School of Graduate Studies.

Internship Requirements

  • Prior to starting their internship, students need to schedule a proposal meeting with their supervisory committee.
  • At the conclusion of their internship students will present on their experience to their committee.

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