Master of Sport, Exercise and Health

With the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health you can advance your knowledge of the sport industry, and be involved in world-leading research in sport, exercise and health.

You can specialise in coach and athlete development, health and physical education, outdoor learning, physical activity and nutrition, sport data analytics, sport leadership and management, or strength and conditioning. You can also complete this master’s degree through a flexi pathway by choosing from the full range of courses available across the specialisations.

At the heart of the programme is the dissertation or thesis, which enables you to research a topic of your interest, under the guidance of AUT’s globally renowned sport and recreation staff. The programme is flexible, and is offered fully online or taught at the North Campus.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed one of the following with a B grade average or higher:

  • Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, or equivalent; or
  • Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise, or equivalent

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

To complete the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health you need to successfully complete 180 points, including a 60-point dissertation or 90-point thesis. Your dissertation or thesis is a great opportunity to research a topic of your interest within the field of sport, exercise and health.

There’s an emphasis on Mātauranga Māori within our courses.

All courses are offered on campus and online, apart from the outdoor learning specialisation courses, which are only available on campus. Our online and flexible learning options are convenient if you live outside of Auckland or are balancing your study with work or family commitments.

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Skills you will develop in the Master of Sport, Exercise & Health

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Performance analyst
  • Manager of performance programme
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Quick facts
Programme code:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
North Campus
Online study
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$15,909 (for 180 points)
($14,190 tuition fees + $1719 student services levy)
$64,569 (for 180 points)
($62,850 tuition fees + $1719 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.


The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.