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2022 Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools

291 Colleges in the United States
8,567 Master's Degrees
Health & Physical Education is of the hottest master's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #27 most popular major in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 291 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 8,567 master's degrees in health and physical education to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Health & Physical Education School for Your Master's Degree

Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools The phys ed master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality phys ed program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 31%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 179 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

One measure we use to determine the quality of a health and physical education school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. Master's Degree holders from a school in the United States make an average starting salary of $39,565, but the students who attended one of the top 25 schools of our list make an average of $47,150.

Starting Salary  ( 42891 to 54708 )
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$57,000

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to health and physical education students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other health and physical education students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for health and physical education to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized health and physical education related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for health and physical education students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Health & Physical Education Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Health & Physical Education in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for health and physical education students seeking a a master's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Phys Ed

74 Annual Graduates
$72,702 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in health and physical education has to look into Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #21 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 74 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Master's recipients from the health and physical education program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $17,435 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
123 Annual Graduates
$48,059 Median Student Debt

Georgetown University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a master's degree in health and physical education. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 123 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education master's degree recipients from Georgetown University earn a boost of around $9,335 over the typical income of health and physical education majors.

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14 Annual Graduates
$153,572 Median Student Debt

University of Western States is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a master's degree in health and physical education. Western States Chiropractic College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Portland.

There were about 14 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Western States Chiropractic College in the most recent year we have data available. Those health and physical education students who get their master's degree from University of Western States receive $12,535 more than the typical phys ed grad.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
38 Annual Graduates
$33,183 Median Student Debt

Any student who is interested in a master's degree in health and physical education has to look into Northwestern University. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

With 38 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, Northwestern University is one of the most popular universities to study phys ed in the United States. Those health and physical education students who get their master's degree from Northwestern University make $9,135 more than the typical phys ed graduate.

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47 Annual Graduates

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #35 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 47 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
2 Annual Graduates

UDayton is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Dayton. This university ranks 6th out of 50 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Ohio.

University of Dayton is a fairly popular university to study phys ed in the United States with about 2 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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22 Annual Graduates
$30,750 Median Student Debt

University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 22 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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37 Annual Graduates

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #37 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university overall.

There were about 37 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
65 Annual Graduates
$36,180 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 43 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 65 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at U Miami in the most recent year we have data available.

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73 Annual Graduates
$30,750 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #78 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were about 73 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education master's degree recipients from Texas A&M University - College Station get an earnings boost of around $2,635 over the average income of health and physical education graduates.

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24 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 14th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A popular major for health and physical education students, there were roughly 24 individuals who graduated from this program at UMass Amherst in the most recent data year.

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#12

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #69 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Augustana Sioux Falls is a great university overall.

There were about 10 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Augustana Sioux Falls in the most recent data year.

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33 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 25 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a fairly popular university to study phys ed in the United States with approximately 33 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
66 Annual Graduates
$33,920 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #65 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were roughly 66 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Master's graduates who receive their degree from the phys ed program earn about $35,900 in the first couple years of working.

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143 Annual Graduates
$34,209 Median Student Debt

Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 14 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were approximately 143 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent data year. Those health and physical education students who get their master's degree from American Public University System earn $12,435 more than the standard phys ed student.

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#16

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
95 Annual Graduates
$53,546 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 31st out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

University of San Francisco is one of the most popular universities to study phys ed in the United States with approximately 95 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Those health and physical education students who get their master's degree from University of San Francisco make $9,935 more than the average phys ed student.

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15 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #44 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most popular universities to study phys ed in the United States with roughly 15 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 18 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were approximately 24 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent data year. Health & Physical Education master's degree recipients from University of Connecticut get an earnings boost of around $3,635 above the average earnings of health and physical education majors.

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#19

University of Mary

Bismarck, ND
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Bismarck, UMary is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of North Dakota.

There were about 15 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at UMary in the most recent data year.

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12 Annual Graduates
$31,861 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #45 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

With 12 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most popular universities to study phys ed in the United States.

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452 Annual Graduates
$28,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 29th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

There were about 452 health and physical education individuals who graduated with this degree at Concordia University, Irvine in the most recent year we have data available. Master's recipients from the health and physical education program at Concordia University, Irvine earn $10,435 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#22

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
4 Annual Graduates

Endicott is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Beverly. This college ranks 16th out of 49 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.More information about a master’s in health and physical education from Endicott College

#23

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
48 Annual Graduates
$18,000 Median Student Debt

JMU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 4th out of 35 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

A favorite choice for health and physical education students, there were roughly 48 students who graduated from this program at JMU in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, phys ed master's recipients typically make about $39,900 in their early careers.

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#24

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
22 Annual Graduates

Iowa is a very large public university located in the city of Iowa City. This university ranks 4th out of 21 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Iowa.

There were about 22 health and physical education students who graduated with this degree at Iowa in the most recent data year.

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#25

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
6 Annual Graduates
$35,875 Median Student Debt

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #41 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

Northeastern University is one of the most popular universities to study phys ed in the United States with roughly 6 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Master's recipients from the health and physical education program at Northeastern University make $6,835 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Rest of the Top Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools

#25

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#28

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#31

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

#32

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

#33

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#35

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD
#36

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#40

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

#41

Smith College

Northampton, MA

#43

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Health & Physical Education Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
44 Illinois State University Normal, IL
45 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
46 Clemson University Clemson, SC
47 Iowa State University Ames, IA
48 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA
49 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
50 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
51 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
52 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
53 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
54 Seattle University Seattle, WA
55 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
56 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
57 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
58 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

Health & Physical Education by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Health & Physical Education is one of 4 different types of Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies programs to choose from.

Phys Ed Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Sports Management 4,431
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 2,727
Sports Kinesiology and Physical Education/Fitness General 1,086
Outdoor Health & Physical Education/Fitness 161
Sports Studies 145
Physical Fitness Technician 17

Majors Similar to Phys Ed

Related Major Annual Graduates
Recreation Administration 384
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 158
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 25
Outdoor Education 21

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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