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Our mission is to cultivate research-based educators and practitioners to be critical thinkers and apply evidence-based (research-based) practice principles to preserve and enhance human movement in all settings and populations.

Our mission is also aligned with the Division of Health and Human Performance mission to promote optimal health and enhancing the quality of life through physical activity and the College of Education and Human Development, and the SRHT mission to provide rewarding learning experiences, conducting and disseminating exemplary scholarship, and preparing professionals committed to service.

Amanda Estep (left) Doctoral  Student in the PhD in Education - Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Specialization performs clinical running analysis in the RUN SMART Clinic within the Sports Medicine Assessment Research & Testing laboratory. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University   Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Amanda Estep (left) Doctoral Student in the PhD in Education - Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Specialization performs clinical running analysis in the RUN SMART Clinic within the Sports Medicine Assessment Research & Testing laboratory. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University



Education, PhD - Specialization: Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Degree Requirements

Numerous graduate fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships are available for doctoral students.

  • Visit Funding, Sources and Discounts on the CEHD Admissions website for a listing of internal funding opportunities.
  • Externally funded opportunities are also available.

Program Structure

The program requires a minimum of 85 credits of study beyond the baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 55 credits beyond the master's degree. However, an individual's program typically requires 10 more credits depending on the person's goals, program requirements, and previous preparation. Students have five years to complete all course work and the portfolio reviews. Five additional years are allowed to complete the dissertation. Most students complete the entire program in five or six years.

Course Work

General Culture (3 credits)

  • EDUC 800: Ways of Knowing (3 credit hours) ( OR EFHP860. EFHP 860 is for Kinesiology concentration students only. Other students should select EDUC 800. Course should be taken 1st semester.)

Research Methods (15 credits)

Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Courses (18 credits)

Note: The 18 credits will be selected in consultation with specialization coordinators

Secondary Emphasis or Supporting Electives (18 credits)

Students may develop an emphasis from course work offered within CEHD or course work offered within other Mason units, in consultation with their advisor.

Dissertation (12 credits)

Portfolio

Students complete an educational portfolio as part of the requirement of the Ph.D. program. The portfolio is an organized, selective collection of documents designed to facilitate a student's academic and professional development, and to provide a basis for evaluation of degree progress. The portfolio represents the scope and depth of a student's goals, plans, and accomplishments in coursework, independent study, research, internships, and other advanced learning activities. The portfolio thus provides both a vehicle for self-reflection and a comprehensive record of a doctoral student's experiences and ongoing progress toward academic and professional goals. Contact the Ph.D. Program for additional information.

For Additional Information Contact

Dr. Nelson Cortes, EmailPhone: (703) 993-9257