Exercise science prepares individuals for doctoral-level graduate work and may lead to careers in allied health professions such as athletic training and physical therapy, adult fitness/health promotion, teaching, coaching, and research.
Research (thesis) degree students are organized into specializations:
- Exercise physiology
- Exercise psychology
Research topics are highly variable focusing on the acute and chronic effects of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and exercise on health, disability and physical performance.
The professional (non-thesis) degree is offered in:
- Athletic training
- Clinical exercise physiology
- Strength, conditioning, and fitness.
In addition to coursework, professional tracks involve practicum, internship, or assistantship opportunities that provide valuable work experience and position students for national certifications.
The MS thesis and non-thesis sport management specializations in sport management and policy prepare graduates for a variety of positions in the sports industry and academia. The graduate curriculum addresses the economic, legal, social, and ethical issues affecting the sport industry. In addition to the application of business and management principles, our programs study the place of sport in society, and examine the historical, sociological, and philosophical dimensions of sport. Examination of governmental and industry policies as they apply to sports is critical to each degree program.
The physical education emphasis offers specializations in sport pedagogy and motor behavior.
The MS thesis and non-thesis specializations in sport pedagogy are designed for students interested in the study and practice of teaching/coaching physical education, sport, and physical activity.
Both the thesis and non-thesis programs are structured to serve the needs of future and practicing teachers and coaches.
These degrees are designed to improve teachers’ knowledge of curriculum and instruction in physical education and permit them to gain an understanding of the research process and its application to teaching.
Completion of the non-thesis program qualifies the recipient to apply to the state Professional Standards Commission for an increase in the level of teaching license already possessed if in Health & Physical Education.
The MS with a specialization in motor behavior is a research-oriented program for students interested in the study of motor development, motor learning, and movement control. Foci include the developmental aspects of movement and function across the lifespan and the underlying mechanisms related to physical and motor functioning that occur in conjunction with motor skill acquisition and sports-related movements.