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Study a graduate program in sports and recreation

What will I study in a graduate sports and recreation program?

There are various different areas you could choose to focus on when looking to start your graduate sports and recreation program. You may choose to focus on a graduate program in an area such as youth sport, sports science, or sports physiology – there are various options to choose from.
Whichever graduate program you choose, you are likely to study a certain amount of biology and nutrition, as well as possibly some sociology. Your graduate program will also teach you how the discipline that you have chosen relates to the wider community, especially if you choose courses that see you working with people.
Graduate sports and recreation programs are diverse, and their often practical nature will help to take you straight into a job in the sector when you graduate.

Length of program

Graduate programs in social sciences vary in length depending on where you choose to study. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • Germany – 1 year

Entry requirements

All candidates should have a four year degree in a related subject in order to get a place on a graduate program in sports and recreation. This related subject could be physical education, recreation, human biology or something similar.

If your graduate sports and recreation program involves working within communities you may need to prove that you have had work experience in this area previously. You may also need to undergo a criminal records check.

If you plan to study in a country whose language is not your own you may need to take a test to proof your proficiency.

Career development

Those who have graduated from a sports and recreation program will have the choice of working in a variety of different areas. You may decide to go into community or youth sport work, nutrition, sports coaching or any area of the fitness sector. Alternatively, you might decide to go into policy making or research.

If recreation is a large part of your degree you could use your skills to run sports activities in a variety of places – whether this is in communities, or in holiday camps for children, or overseas.

Other options include working in physiotherapy or within a hospital or clinic, in the rehabilitation of patients.

Fees and funding

Fees for graduate sports and recreation programs will vary depending on where you decide to study. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay the following:

  • UK - £3,375 - £14,500
  • Germany – €500 – €2000 (per semester)
  • USA - $13,600 - $22,200

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