Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, M.S.

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Alar Lipping, Ph.D., Interim School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitative Services Director

Gabe Sanders, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director


The Master of Science in Exercise Science (MSES) degree program is an online, post-professional program designed for clinical-based health care professionals and strength and conditioning professionals that currently hold a bachelor’s degree. The graduate curriculum is broad ranging from research design, exercise physiology, clinical pathophysiology and strength and conditioning program. The program provides students with an in-depth understanding of how to design, analyze and apply research in the field of exercise science while gaining the knowledge, skills and abilities to secure the highest level of certification in their respective expertise. The online nature of the program provides flexibility in course offerings and length of time to complete the 31 credit hour program. Students will be able to choose a thesis (research) track or non-thesis (comprehensive exam or internship) track to best meet their professional goals.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission and $40 application fee.
  2. Completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution and achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Education by the college or university attended.

Application Deadline

Admission to the MSES program is on a rolling basis. To be considered for admission, a completed application and all required materials must be received not later than the semester prior to the student’s start date. Applications will be objectively evaluated and ranked.

Student Advising

Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned to an academic advisor or faculty mentor. Students are expected to maintain close contact with their advisor or a faculty advisor throughout the program.

General Program Requirements

  1. Completion of all 31 required semester hours with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. Completion of 16 semester hours of Core Courses (online).
  3. Completion of 15 semester hours of Concentration Courses (online): Selection of a comprehensive exam + 6 hours of electives or 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours of internship

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Minimum 31 credit hours.
  • No more than 2 grades of C; students must repeat additional courses with C grades.
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exam, internship or thesis.
  • Completion of online application for graduation.

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