Kinesiology M.S., Concentration in Outdoor Education
Master of Science in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education
The University of New Hampshire is a leader in graduate education in the field of outdoor experiential education. Our graduates have gone on to run collegiate outdoor programs, pursue Ph.D.'s and join college faculty, design executive leadership programs, direct outdoor education centers, work in non-profit management, administer state and federal projects, lead international programs, and teach in K-12 schools in both the public and private sectors.
Goal of the degree program and focus areas
The goal of the Master of Science program is to prepare outdoor experiential educators with the skills necessary to become managers and directors of outdoor/experiential education programs, conduct advanced practice, and/or pursue a related degree at the Doctoral level. In addition to core courses, students focus on one of three areas:
- Higher education outdoor programming
- Youth development outdoor programming
- Adventure therapy (through the combined MS/MSW dual degree with Social Work)
Students focusing on higher education outdoor programming gain an understanding of college-level policies, practices, and program structures common to outdoor programs in institutions of higher education, particularly those with outdoor orientation programs (OOPs). Students focusing on youth development outdoor programs learn about contemporary perspectives on youth development, especially related to participation in nonformal educational programs in a variety of outdoor settings and activities. Students focusing on adventure therapy become eligible for licensure and clinical social work practice in wilderness, community-based, or other settings.
Accelerated degree pathway
In addition to the tradition two-year residency-based Masters program, we offer a 15-month accelerated pathway. Students spend one year in intensive study on the Durham campus, then work remotely during their third semester to complete their culminating project, joining faculty at the AEE international conference for final presentations.
Dr. Michael Gass, Program Coordinator