Exercise Science, M.S.E.

Wellness and sport are not just areas of study; they are a way of life.

The exercise science program prepares you for a life working in wellness, physical activity, sports and physical therapy. Your education may lead you to a career in exercise science, corporate fitness and wellness, or continued doctoral study. Because our areas of expertise require professionals to interact with others — and perhaps profoundly affect their lives — valuable real-world experiences are part of the curriculum. We also prepare you for the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association certification examinations.

This flexible, personalized curriculum culminates in the development of a research project that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication prior to graduation — giving you one more asset as you pursue a career and connect with practitioners.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the exercise science program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a thesis or research project required for the degree?
A manuscript must be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal before graduation.

What bachelor's degree should I have to begin the exercise science program?
We prefer a bachelor's degree in exercise science for our master's degree exercise science program.

Are there any graduate assistantships available?
We have two to three graduate assistantships on a rotating basis. Contact the department to find out about availability.

What careers are available to graduates of the master's program in exercise science?
Our graduates obtain jobs such as directors of corporate-based fitness programs, directors of hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation programs, athletic directors, and research-oriented jobs in hospitals or businesses.