Program Overview

The Master of Science in health education and promotion is designed to provide professional educational opportunities to interested students, wellness directors, health education practitioners including certified health education specialists, researchers, corporate wellness/fitness coordinators, health department personnel, and health management personnel throughout Arkansas and the nation.

These professionals will be employed in a variety of venues, including education settings, health care institutions, private health clinics, rehabilitation centers, businesses, fitness and wellness programs, athletic teams, and sport/athletic facilities. Students will have the opportunity to improve their intellectual and professional skills through advanced classroom instruction,  participation in behavioral research, and community service-learning activities.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

The following materials should be submitted to the UA Little Rock Graduate School when applying to the program:
  • Undergraduate transcript(s). Applicants are expected to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Students are eligible for regular admission with a GPA of 2.7. Students with a GPA of 2.0 may petition for special conditional admission based on the following criteria. Applicants for special conditional admission must discuss and provide evidence regarding two or more of the following criteria as part of the petition:
    • Amount of time elapsed since the previous degree (5+ years recommended)
    • Professional experience in writing and/or teaching
    • Extraordinary circumstances related to the low GPA
    • Professional accomplishments that demonstrate the applicant’s abilities with respect to time management or focused, intensive study
  • Reference letters. Applicants should obtain two letters of reference from college professors or individuals familiar with their academic work. Applicants should ask each writer of a reference letter to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, and sign across the seal. Applicants should collect the sealed reference letters and forward them to the UA Little Rock Graduate School..
  • Letter of intent. Each applicant must submit a letter of intent describing the field or specialty within Health, Human Performance, and Sport Management for which training is sought and describing how the proposed training relates to the student’s career goals. Letters are not to exceed 500 words.
Applicants for admission to the M.S. in health education and promotion program are evaluated on a competitive basis by the faculty, and acceptance is conferred to the most qualified applicants. Fulfilling admission requirements is necessary to be considered for admission but in no way guarantees acceptance into the program. Students may be admitted in one of the admission status categories outlined in the Graduate Catalog. Application for admission should be received by the UA Little Rock Graduate School. by March 15 for students anticipating fall matriculation and October 15 for spring matriculation in order to get full consideration for admittance. Applications received after these dates will be considered as long as program openings remain available. Students who do not meet the above requirements for admission may apply for a faculty review of their qualifications.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 36 hours of approved courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis or project.

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The M.S. in health education and promotion is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501-916-3227 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501-916-3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
Cost per credit hour: $396