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EXERCISE SCIENCE

Thomas Buckley, Ed.D.

Thomas Buckley, Ed.D.

Gradaute Coordinator

Victoria King

Victoria King

Academic Support Coordinator

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The MS program in Exercise Science is supported with well-equipped research facilities, including three-dimensional video capabilities, electromyography, and force platforms, as well as equipment for measurement of cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary function, bone mineral density, body composition, functional muscular capacity, blood lactate, and motor unit discharge. Graduate students in this program are expected to participate in ongoing faculty-directed research programs. The graduate program in Exercise Science offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Exercise Science and concentrations in the following:

Biomechanics Concentration

Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary science that objectively interprets movement in living organisms. Emphasis is placed on techniques of measuring kinematic and kinetic characteristics of living organisms and on mathematical methods of analysis. Students in the MS program in biomechanics are required to conduct research and complete a thesis.

Credit Requirements:

  • Exercise Science Required Courses : 18-21 credits
  • Cognate areas outside Exercise Science : 6-9 credits
  • Thesis : 6 credits (students are eligible to enroll after completition of the above courses)

Total : 33 required credits

Exercise Physiology Concentration

Exercise Physiology is a science that studies the effect of physical activity on the systems of the human body. Opportunities are available in scientific research, physiological assessment, cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise prescription. Students in the MS program in exercise physiology are required to conduct research and complete a thesis.

Credit Requirements:

  • Exercise Science Required Courses : 18-21 credits
  • Cognate areas outside Exercise Science : 6-9 credits
  • Thesis : 6 credits (students are eligible to enroll after completition of the above courses)

Total : 33 required credits

Motor Control Concentration

Motor control is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on neural, physical, and behavioral aspects of the development and regulation of human movement. Emphasis is placed on changes that occur across the lifespan or due to pathology, and adaptations that occur in response to motor learning or exercise training. Students in the MS program in Motor Control are required to conduct research and complete a thesis.

Credit Requirements:

  • Exercise Science Required Courses : 18-21 credits
  • Cognate areas outside Exercise Science : 6-9 credits
  • Thesis : 6 credits (students are eligible to enroll after completition of the above courses)

Total : 33 required credits

Sports Medicine Concentration

The concentration in Sports Medicine is focused on injury mechanisms, prevention and rehabilitation strategies in athletes for accelerated return to competition as well as applications of what is learned from competitive athletes to improving the health of all physically active individuals.

Credit Requirements:
  • Exercise Science Required Courses : 18 credits
  • Cognate areas outside Exercise Science : 6 credits
  • Thesis : 6 credits (students are eligible to enroll after completion of the above courses)

Total : 30 required credits

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer appropriate strengths. Applicants must submit all of the following items directly to the University Office of Graduate Studies using the online admission process before admission can be considered. All students will be expected to be sufficiently conversant in English and knowledgeable in the written word to convey clear, logical and complex written expressions. Knowledge of mathematics and statistics is expected. Students admitted to the Exercise Science Program may be admitted into one of two categories: regular status (students who meet all entrance requirements) or provisional status (students who lack one or more prerequisites). All provisional requirements must be met within the deadline given before regular status can be granted.

Recommended prerequisites for Biomechanics include: calculus, anatomy, at least one year of physics; and computer programming experience. Recommended prerequisites for Exercise Physiology include: one year of biology and physics, two years of chemistry. Recommended prerequisites for Motor Control and Sports Medicineinclude: calculus, anatomy and physiology, and biology or physical science.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

✓ Completed graduate application
✓ Bachelors, Masters or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
✓ Official GRE test scores (minimum 1050 combined math and verbal)
✓ Official TOEFL, IELTS test scores, if applicable
✓ Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher
✓ Personal statement of goals, research/curriculum interests; and professional objectives
✓ Current resume
✓ Three letters of recommendation
✓ Advisor Agreement*

*Students must notify and email the department’s Graduate Academic Support Coordinator of the agreement from the Exercise Science faculty member who will serve as the applicant’s advisor. Completed applications will not be reviewedwithout solidifying an advisor. 

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