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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 and 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 Exercise Science Laboratory and the Physical Education Activity Laboratory in University Hall.

The concentration in Exercise Science is designed to cultivate the 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 to take the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 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 sports organization.  The program represents a blend of content related to the art of coaching and administration of athletics including coursework in sports management, sports law, sports marketing, sports conditioning, coaching techniques, and sports psychology.  With the proper selection of electives and requisite teaching experience, students are eligible to obtain the Supervisory Certificate.

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Exercise Science and Physical Education Brochure

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, Sports Administration and Coaching, and Teaching and Supervision in Physical Education.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are designed to provide financial support and research opportunities for graduate students while they pursue their degree. Graduate Assistants aid one or more faculty mentors in their research or other assigned work and are expected to be highly available. All Graduate Assistants are required to provide 20 hours of service per week (September-June) including during academic breaks and attend weekly seminars. Graduate Assistants must be accepted into the degree program by the Graduate School, and be selected through the Graduate Assistant application process within the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. To initiate the departmental Graduate Assistant application process click the link below. It is recommended that you become familiar with the research conducted within the department by contacting the department faculty and by reviewing the program website. To have the best chance of being selected as a Graduate Assistant it is suggested to have all application materials, including application to the graduate school, completed by April 15th for the following academic year.

Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education Graduate Assistant Application Link: