Physical Activity Studies

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Brooklyn, Garden City

Prepare for a rewarding career promoting sport, recreation, and wellness in a variety of settings with young people of all abilities.

Why Earn an MA in Physical Activity Studies?

A degree in physical activity studies will allow you to develop a diverse skill set that prepares you to work in a variety of health, sport and physical-activity based professions. You can pursue careers in health, physical education, or athletic school leadership, sport coaching, inclusive recreation, wellness, physical activity, working with schools, sport-based youth development programs, community organizations, park and recreation departments, fitness centers, assisted living and nursing homes, daycare, government and not-for-profit agencies.

Why Choose Adelphi’s Physical Activity Studies Program?

  • Earn your degree at either of our two convenient locations in the heart of New York City and Long Island.
  • Tailor your studies to your career goals by choosing one of our three specializations and explore job opportunities in government agencies, schools or community organizations.
  • Keep your education affordable with access to generous financial aid, as well as graduate assistantships and an innovative tuition-free Sport Youth Based Development Fellowship.
90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

This program not only educated me on specific disabilities and how to best support these individuals, but most importantly taught me empathy toward all. All the professors I encountered were highly knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure I was successful.

MaryAnne Diehm, MA ‘18 Physical Education Teacher at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy


Learn to craft physical education to maximize learning for those with physical or intellectual disabilities. Through coursework, you’ll understand how to apply knowledge of the characteristics, considerations, and movement abilities of common impairments to meet the needs, limitations and capacities of students with disabilities.

Adelphi University’s mission in sport-based youth development is to lead the field in education, training and research, thereby enhancing the practice of sport-based youth development locally, nationally and globally. This specialization prepares students for leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, interscholastic/intercollegiate sports settings, school systems, sport and summer camps, recreational and athletic leagues, professional sports settings and the corporate social responsibility sector of for-profit organizations.

Acquire skills necessary to be a school district leader for positions such as athletic director, health and physical education director, or other district leader positions. The focus is on administrative functions of supervision, leadership development, district governance, financial management of district resources (human, facilities information and budgetary), curriculum innovation, and technological initiatives. Upon completion of programmatic requirements, students  will earn the New York State District License. Students need an initial physical education teacher license to enroll. 

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Our students gain valuable hands-on experience that can be directly applied to their work as teachers, coaches and administrators. You’ll have the opportunity to apply for the innovative tuition-free Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship, where students gain valuable experience and connections through a field-based partnership. In addition to physical education activities on campus, our students have interned at a variety of organizations including:

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Résumé (preferred)

Please note that this program does not prepare for New York state teacher certification.

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