Masters of Science (MS) Program – Exercise Science

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Exercise Science provides a concentrated program of academic study for students interested in a deeper understanding of theory and applications related to the functioning of the human body during physical activity. The program is supported with well-equipped research facilities, including 3D 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 more unit discharge. Graduate students in this program are expected to participate in ongoing, faculty-directed research programs. Students are supported by departmental teaching assistantships and research assistantships from grant funding, which allows them to present annually at national and international meetings and publish in high-impact journals.

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the Exercise Science MS Program embraces diversity, inclusion, connectedness, and professionalism as core institutional values. We believe that a diverse student, faculty, and staff body are critical to our teaching and scholarship and are a much needed reflection of the diverse patients and caregivers for whom we provide care. Beyond the University’s code of conduct for students and employees, which we fully support, we have additional standards and expectations for members of CHS and the Exercise Science MS Program due to our important roles and influence in health and healthcare.

Concentrations

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, with application in sports and rehabilitation. 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
Motor Control Concentration

Motor control is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on the development, acquisition and control of underlying process responsible for movement. Emphasis may be placed on issues of motor behavior, development, learning and/or neuromuscular mechanisms. 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
Exercise Physiology Concentration

Exercise Physiology is a science that studies the effect of physical activity on the systems of the human body, with application in 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
Sports Medicine Concentration

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 towards 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

Application Information

Students interested in the Exercise Science MS program are encouraged to apply before January 15th for priority consideration. Prior to beginning the application process, students must identify a faculty advisor and complete the appropriate supplemental documentation.

Those applicants who meet the below stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those applicants who fail to meet those minimum requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths. Admission requirements:

  • Bachelors, Masters, or equivalent science or health related degree from an accredited college/university
  • Recommended GRE score of 300 on combined quantitative and verbal scores
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Personal Essay
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendations

Go HERE to start your application or email Megan Murphy, our Graduate Coordinator with questions.