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, outdoor learning, physical activity and nutrition, 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, 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 as a mix of online and on-campus block courses.
Must have completed one of the following with a B grade average or higher:
International student entry requirements
To complete the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health you need to successfully complete 180 points, including a 75-point dissertation. Your dissertation 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.
Advance your understanding of the coaching process, and how to develop other coaches and athletes. This specialisation focuses on the current needs of the coaching and coach development industry in New Zealand. It’s suitable for graduates from the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Coaching who want to further their skills, as well as for professionals already working in the field.
You’ll learn from academic staff who are well-known for their expertise in skill acquisition, sport psychology, performance analysis and coach development.
Take your knowledge of outdoor education further with the Outdoor Learning specialisation in the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health. This specialisation builds on the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Outdoor Education, and provides a long-needed postgraduate qualification in this field.
These courses are not available online.
Our academic staff have extensive teaching, research and industry experience in outdoor learning and development, both in New Zealand and around the world.
Develop your understanding of the factors that affect healthy living. Courses in this specialisation cover topics like promoting physical activity, making healthy lifestyle choices and educating populations about healthy nutrition.
You’ll be taught by academic staff who are well-known for their expertise in physical activity and nutrition.
A sound understanding of sport leadership and management helps identify both opportunities and issues in the sport sector. That’s why management, leadership, marketing, events and development are important areas for New Zealand sport professionals. Courses in this specialisation focus on current issues in New Zealand sport.
You’ll benefit from the expertise of our academic staff who are based at the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) and are involved in research projects with partners around the world.
AUT is internationally recognised for its expertise in the field of strength and conditioning, and our staff and postgraduate students are known for their world-class research and their contribution to advancing industry knowledge.
Through this specialisation you advance your knowledge and practical skills in the area of strength and conditioning. You’ll learn from academic staff who are globally renowned as experts in this field, and have access to the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) and its state-of-the-art equipment.
The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Sport, Exercise and Health are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.