Masters of Science (MS) Program in Exercise Science

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. 

Students applying must have a minimum GRE score of 300. Recommended minimums per section are 150 Quantitative and 150 Verbal.

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:

  • Credits within Exercise Science:  15-18 credits
  • Credits in Cognate Areas:  6-9 credits
  • Thesis:  6 credits
  • Total number of required credits:  30 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:

  • Credits within Exercise Science:  15-18 credits
  • Credits in Cognate Areas:  6-9 credits
  • Thesis:  6 credits
  • Total number of required credits:  30 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:

  • Credits within Exercise Science:  15 credits
  • Credits in Cognate Areas:  9 credits
  • Thesis:  6 credits
  • Total number of required credits:  30 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:

  • Credits within Exercise Science:  18 credits
  • Credits in Cognate Areas :  6 credits
  • Thesis:  6 credits
  • Totals number of required credits:  30 credits