MS in Exercise Science and Physical Education
The graduate program in Exercise Science and Physical Education provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in the general field of exercise science and physical education, and to enhance proficiency in an area of concentration. Concentrations are offered in Exercise Science and Sports Administration & Coaching. In addition to 15 semester hours in the selected concentration, students have 6-9 semester hours of electives and 9-12 hours in the core, including a culminating experience (choice of applied project, internship, or research project). Many of the courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format in which some of the class meetings take place in the classroom while the remaining class sessions are conducted online. Facilities for learning activities and research in motor learning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology are provided in the state of the art Human Performance Laboratory and the Physical Education Activity Laboratory in University Hall.
The concentration in Exercise Science is designed to cultivate knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in an athletic, commercial, corporate or clinical setting. A balance of exercise science theory and practical application, coursework is designed to enhance skills regarding the development of aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs for athletes, healthy adults, and individuals with various health challenges. At the completion of this program students are prepared for taking the prestigious ACSM and NSCA fitness certifications.
The concentration in Sports Administration and Coaching is designed to develop and enhance competencies necessary for coaching of athletics in a public school setting or in higher education, administration of athletic programs at a secondary or higher education level, and management in a community or professional sport organization. The program represents a blend of content related to the art of coaching and administration of athletics including coursework in sport management, sport law, sport marketing, sports conditioning, coaching techniques, and sport psychology. With the proper selection of electives and requisite teaching experience, students are eligible to obtain the Supervisory Certificate.
Exercise Science and Physical Education Brochure