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Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Exercise Science Concentration

This concentration is designed to prepare students to assume positions as fitness or health promotion directors and exercise consultants in private or public agencies, health centers, cardiac rehabilitation programs, as well as corporate fitness programs.

Job opportunities for exercise science majors include the following:

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Worksite Fitness/Wellness

Personal Training

Management of Fitness Clubs

Community Fitness (e.g., YMCA)

Hospital Based Fitness & Wellness

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Sports Industry & Equipment

  • There are five areas of emphasis:
    • Biomechanics: ( Prepares students for advanced careers in academia, medical professions and industry. This fast growing scientific area presents with opportunities from robotics to sport equipment design to the development of clinical diagnostic and prognostic devices (
    • Exercise Physiology: Prepares students for careers in academia, medicine, sport, business, and research. The program emphasizes translation and development of evidence based research in meeting the dynamic needs in a society emphasizing the impact of exercise on human health and function.
    • Motor Development/Control: Prepares students for advanced careers in academia, medical professions and industry. Training in this growing scientific area presents with opportunities from research to physical therapy to the development of clinical diagnostic and prognostic devices.
    • Strength and Conditioning: Integrates the science of training adaptations and the application of these concepts to athletes and clinical populations. The program emphasizes evidence based application of strength and conditioning principles.
    • Sport and Exercise Psychology: Incorporates training in both the psychological and exercise sciences. Applications are directed towards both the general fitness population and the athletic population. The program emphasizes the science-practitioner model to promote understanding of both the theoretical and applied content, with an emphasis towards preparation for further graduate study.”

The Graduate Program in Exercise Science has two concentrations, each with a thesis (MS is 24 semester hours of coursework and 6 semester hours of thesis) and non-thesis (MA is 36 semester hours of coursework) option.

Special Admission Requirements for physical education pedagogy, physical education coaching, exercise science without an internship, exercise science with an internship, and fitness and wellness management concentrations

In addition to normal requirements, the following are required:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE score of 286 (Prior to August 2011 a score of 800 is acceptable)
  • Statement of goals and rational for entering graduate program (maximum of 300 words)

The Exercise Science without Internship concentration is a general program designed for the allied health professional who does not intend to change careers as a result of this degree.

The Exercise Science with Internship concentration is aimed at students desiring practical experience necessary to change careers. All programs are aimed at preparing students for certification by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Graduate Course Descriptions

Exercise Science Worksheet

PE 8910 Internship Information and Application