The M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science is designed as a multidisciplinary study of human movement and performance across the lifespan. Through classroom, laboratory, and field based experiences, our graduates learn about human performance and disease prevention from childhood to older adulthood. Students use skills to identify, analyze and explain physiological, structural and functional dynamics that influence fitness, health and performance in the sport and exercise settings. Students learn about the integrations of human physiology, movement, and cognition through both clinical and applied coursework.
Students can elect one of two concentrations in the program:
- Exercise Science
- Physical Education, Sport and Recreation
Please note: Fall 2020 courses will be offered online. Generally our courses are offered in-person, hybrid and online. In order to accommodate working professionals, our courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. Our coursework includes both foundation, required, and elective courses across two foci: 1) clinical and rehabilitative fitness and 2) sports performance and enhancement across the lifespan.
Credit hours required: 36
The program admits students for the fall semester only.
Students gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to advance as exercise and sport science professionals. The integrated knowledge of the physiologic, biomechanical, motor and psychological aspects of exercise and diet behaviors are understood in relation to the application to maximal performance and health at the individual level.
Applied experiences are available in the forms of directed research, independent studies and internships. Students may also participate in faculty research or conduct a thesis for further research experience. Our program has a large network of alumni who offer new opportunities in the form of internship experiences and career networking. Additionally, upon graduation, students are prepared to take a variety of certifications such as clinical exercise physiologist.
Academic Catalog Information
Take a closer look at the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and the courses offered toward the degree.
Department and Contact Information
If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education (HSPE) at (773) 442-5560.
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