Jun 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise and Health Sciences, M.S.

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The graduate program in Exercise and Health Sciences leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Exercise and Health Sciences graduate students may select one of three concentration areas: Sport Science, Public Health, or Clinical Exercise Physiology. The Sport Science concentration prepares students for careers as sport coaches, sport scientists, strength and conditioning professionals, and exercise specialists, where their primary duties are initiating, directing, and evaluating exercise and testing programs for athletes or healthy individuals. The Public Health concentration provides a broad background in public health and prevention, epidemiology, biostatistics, and other related disciplines. This concentration is ideal for individuals seeking employment in health-related fields or for practicing health and medical professionals who seek to further their education at the graduate level. The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for careers where their primary role is testing or prescribing exercise for people with chronic disease or long-term injuries. Graduates pursue careers in applied clinical practice and research. Graduates of all concentrations are adequately trained for entrance into terminal degree programs.


Applicants to the Exercise and Health Science program who are not adequately prepared with an exercise or basic science background may be required to complete leveling courses in preparation for the graduate program. The student’s faculty adviser determines prerequisite course requirements.

Degree Requirements

Additional Information

  • Students selecting any concentration may complete either EXHS 5138  or EXHS 5335  as a core course.

Concentrations (18 Hours)

Additional Information

  • EXHS 5135 , EXHS 5136 , EXHS 5137 , and EXHS 6330  are required for students in the public health concentration.
  • Students should choose an additional 6 hours from the remaining elective courses.
Additional Information

  • Students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration are required to complete both EXHS 5138  and EXHS 5335 .

Note: Any student planning to enroll in EXHS 6739  must meet with the program adviser and secure an internship location during the semester prior to the beginning of the course. Additional courses may be substituted into a student’s concentration area with approval from the student’s program adviser.

Master’s Option (6 hours)

Exercise and Health Sciences students in any concentration may choose to complete a master’s thesis. In such case, students will complete the thesis (EXHS 6939 ) in lieu of 6 approved hours in the concentration. Thesis credit requires continuous registration during each fall and spring semester until completion for a minimum of six hours. If students do not maintain continuous registration in the master’s thesis, previously accumulated master’s option credits will not count toward the master’s degree.

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