Master of Science in Health and Human Performance

Careers for HHP Graduates: College Professor, Physical Education Teacher, Health Education Teacher, Athletic Coach, Athletic Director, Physical Education Administrator, Public Health Education, Sports Facilities Manager, Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Fitness Trainer, Sports Official, Athletic Trainer, Recreation Leader, or continue towards their doctorate in their related field.

Welcome Statement

Thank you for your interest in the Health and Human Performance (HHP) program at Sul Ross State University. As more Americans are becoming aware of how important a healthy lifestyle is to improve their quality of life there is an increasing need for more health educators and professionals to provide effective advice and treatment. Therefore, the aim of the HHP program is to provide an evidenced-based approach towards improved health and fitness, advanced understanding of how to prevent long-term disease through lifestyle intervention, and appplied skills required to support others in their recreation and athletic pursuits.

Notably, the HHP program at Sul Ross State University is an all-online , thirty three (33) hour fast-track graduate program desiged to accommodate interested individuals to advance their career within a health or sports setting. The HHP program runs on 8-week terms, meaning courses begin and end every 8 weeks instead of the more traditional 16-week full-semester format. This one-year fast track program allows highly motivated students to complete the program in one-year. A suggested sequence of course completion is available on request from the department. Graduate students who elect to enroll in less than a full time course load will, of course, take longer to complete the program.


Contact the HHP Program Coordinator to start planning your enrollment in this exciting program!

Dr. Chris Herrera, PhD

HHP Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology & Human Performance

Sul Ross State University

P: 432.837.8375 / E:


Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher P. Herrera, Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia - Program Coordinator

Dr. Stefanie Latham, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma - Adjuct Professor

Dr. Jim Hector, Ed.D., East Texas State University - Chair, Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Human Performance


Overview of Courses

All of the courses in the HHP program are designed to provide a quality learning environment through lecture, discussion, practical experience, and internships to prepare our students for a career as a health or sports professional. Below is a brief listing of the courses we offer in this program. 

KES 5313 Physiological Basis of Human Behavior                        

KES 5305 Research Methods                                                                       

KES 5312 Advanced Human Nutrition                                                       

KES 5307 Issues in Sports Law                                                                   

KES 5314 Diagnostic Tests & Measurements in Exercise Science              

KES 5316 Neurological Basis for Motor Learning and Control                  

KES 5315 Group Dynamics                                                                         

KES 5373 Health and Human Behavior                                                                 

*Students must pass the COMPREHENSIVE FINAL upon completion of all core clases above and then compelte: 

KES 5909 Advanced Practicum or internship/Project in Exercise Science

*Visit this page to read a full description of the graduate courses in the HHP program

NEW in 2017: The HHP program now has open enrollment! Start during the fall, spring or summer semesters!!


Admission to Graduate Studies is required of all post-baccalaureate students when enrolling in graduate-level courses at Sul Ross State University. Applications for admission should be addressed to the Center for Enrollment Services, Box C-2, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas 79832. Each applicant will be notified in writing of acceptance or rejection for admission. Students may seek admission to Graduate Studies by applying for admission to a master's degree program or by applying for admission as a non-degree student.

*Note: The HHP program does generally require GRE scores for admission; however students with unsatisfactory undergraduate GPAs (e.g. below 2.5) can take the GRE to satisfy admissions requirements. Contact the HHP Program Coordinator for more details. 



A student seeking admission for the purpose of pursuing a master's degree must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Official transcripts reflecting all college work attempted and degree(s) conferred should be on file in the Center for Enrollment Services at least ten days prior to initial registration as a graduate student.

There are two levels of admission to the HHP master's program, full and probationary. Approval of the major department is required for admission at either level. The following criteria will be used in determining the eligibility for admission to the appropriate level.


Applicants must have official transcripts and test scores sent to the Center for Enrollment Services, Sul Ross State University. The Center for Enrollment Services will compile and tabulate the documentation submitted and submit a file on each applicant to the major academic department. Following the departmental review of the file, the Center for Enrollment Center will communicate to the applicant the admission status to be granted. One of the following criteria must be met for full admission status.

1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all previous undergraduate work.

2. A 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 hours prior to the issuance of the bachelor's degree and a GRE score of 850 (verbal and quantitative) or a GMAT score of 400.

3. Full admission may also be granted to applicants who hold a master's degree from accredited colleges or universities and who have the approval of the department in which they propose to do work.


1. Probationary admission may be granted with the approval of the major academic department if a student has submitted transcripts of baccalaureate work and having satisfied at least one of the requirements specified in criteria number one for full admission. The probationary student must satisfy all conditions which are required by the major department and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average on all courses attempted for graduate credit. Upon the completion of 12 semester credit hours with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, the student may be upgraded to full admission status upon the recommendation of the chair of the major department and with the approval of the Dean of the College. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average during the probationary period will result in dismissal from the graduate program.

2. Probationary status also may be granted to any student who has not submitted GRE or GMAT scores to the Office of Recruiting and Admissions. If required, the GRE or GMAT must be taken prior to the end of the second long semester (fall or spring) after initial enrollment.

The responsibility for monitoring the probationary student's compliance with all conditions of admission rests with the Center for Enrollment Services. The Center for Enrollment Services will track all probation admitted students each semester, secure information as necessary from the department chairs and communicate to the major department chairs changes of status which are made. During the entire probationary period, the student is responsible for maintaining close communications with the major department and, as called upon, with the dean/director of the College or division.

II. ADMISSION AS A NON-DEGREE STUDENT (citizens of the United States)

Students who are not pursuing a degree, but who are interested in graduate work for professional or personal reasons may be admitted as non-degree student provided they present the following:

1. Application for admission.

2. An official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted from an accredited institution.

3. Approval of the department chair in the department where course work will be undertaken.


Visit this page for a detiailed procedure for Graduate Admissions