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Introduction 

The mission of the M.S. 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 9:45 p.m.) the M.S. 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.

For more information, contact:

Moira E. Stuart, Associate Professor
Exercise Science Graduate Program Coordinator
m-stuart@neiu.edu
(773) 442-5546

Program Benefits 

In the graduate 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.

Career Options 

The Master of Science in Exercise Science prepares students in careers in private and public sectors of health, sports, and medicine in areas such as:

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • physical/occupational rehabilitation
  • sports medicine
  • other related medical-professional areas

In addition, the Exercise Science program will prepare students for entry into a variety of doctoral programs in the exercise science disciplines, particularly if the thesis option is selected.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Science in Exercise Science and the courses offered toward the degree.

Exercise Science, M.S.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (HPERA) at (773) 442-5560.

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