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Introduction 

The mission of the MS in Exercise Science program is to provide optimal education in the sciences of Human Performance and Preventive Health through currency and excellence in teaching, research, and service. The M.S. in Exercise Science is a viable option for professionals who are currently active in the health, wellness, and fitness-related professions who wish to become more effective in their career by gaining greater scientific insight into current health, fitness, and performance-related issues on concern to their students, athletes, patients, and clients.

With our night-time only classes (7:05pm to 9:45pm) the MS in Exercise Science is a viable option for professionals who are currently active in the health, wellness, and fitness-related professions and who wish to gaining greater scientific insight into current health, fitness, and performance-related issues of concern to their students, athletes, patients, or clients. Professionals such as those in physical education, health education, and science education in the public schools; physical therapy, health and fitness club professionals, professional and school sports coaching, community health & wellness, personal training, nutrition, dietetics, gerontology, athletic training, or nursing.

In the MS in EXSC program students learn to understand the integrative nature of the various exercise, sport, and nutritional sciences and applies them to the clinical applications of exercise, coaching, and dietary behaviors:

In the introductory courses students learn the nature and practice of scientific inquiry and analysis in order to develop the ability to critically analyze and apply the current literature in the exercise and sport sciences.

In the foundation courses the physiologic and cellular, biomechanical, motor, and psychological aspects of exercise and diet behaviors are studied to understand their contribution to sport performance and to health in order to design effective training and lifestyle programs to maximize performance and health.

In the applied courses students directly apply the concepts developed in the introductory and foundation courses to the development of sound sport-specific training programs with appropriate dietary recommendations to ensure optimal biological function for both performance and health.

Admission to the Program 

1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.75
2. Grade of B or better in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy, Psychology, and Exercise Physiology
3. Two letters of recommendation should accompany your application

Exceptions to these prerequisites can be made based on relevant certifications and/or experience.

Students who wish to apply for the MS in EXSC program must first apply for admission into the College of Graduate Studies and Research; instructions for applying to the Graduate College can be obtained here.

The required steps for online applications can be accessed here.

Courses 

Required Introductory Courses
Research Methods & Statistical Analysis
Current Topics in Exercise Science
Exercise Testing & Prescription

Required Foundation Courses
Cellular Physiology of Exercise
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology of Exercise
Motor Control & Learning
Biomechanics
Psychology of Exercise and Health Behaviors

Required Applied Courses
Applied Nutrition for Health/Performance
Prevention of Chronic Disease

Elective Applied Courses
Theory and Methodology of Coaching
Sport-Specific Training
Internship
Thesis

Opportunities 

The MS in Exercise Science can help prepare you for career positions in cardiac rehabilitation, physical/occupational rehabilitation, sports medicine, and other related medical-professional areas. In addition to these, The MS in Exercise Science also will prepare students for entry into a variety of doctoral programs in the exercise science disciplines, particularly if the thesis option is selected.

Program Contact Information 

Myles Jay Polsgrove, PhD Assistant Professor Program Coordinator

m-polsgrove@neiu.edu   773.442.5574

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