Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each term?

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, one must be enrolled in at least 9 total units over the span of a term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Within each term, students take courses during two, eight-week sessions. For example, a full-time student may take 6 units during the eight-week Fall I session and 3 units during the eight-week Fall II session, for a total of 9 units over the term. Half-time students take at least 3-6 units every eight-week session. Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising will help you determine the ideal course load for your schedule.

How long is a term?

All courses are offered in accelerated eight-week sessions in fall, spring, and summer.

How many students will there be in my classes?

The average class size in this program ranges is 15 students.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?

A capstone project with defense is required. Unique to this capstone course, the student will engage in a 360-degree investigative process that includes interviews/observations with experts in the field; reviews of current literature; exploration of multiple sides of an issue and points of view; and, development of a culminating action plan that allows the student to offer implications, conclusions, and next steps as a professional in the field.

How soon can I finish this program?

The physical education degree can potentially be finished in one year. However, it can take longer; therefore, academic advising is highly recommended and especially helpful in determining what is suitable for the individual based on personal schedule and content of the current class.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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