The graduate program in Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS):
- Is a 36 hour program, inclusive of 6 hours of faculty-directed research (thesis or
- Provides a research-centered program for students interested in pursuing advanced
graduate study (PhD) in exercise science (e.g., exercise physiology, biomechanics,
motor learning, etc.) or a related discipline (e.g., nutrition science, vascular biology,
- Provides a comprehensive overview of the exercise science field for students who are
not interested in pursuing PhD studies but who would like to obtain further knowledge
and skills necessary to work or serve in a clinical, physical activity, or research
- Provides a strong focus on research methods and statistics relevant to exercise science,
promoting research understanding regardless of career goal (12 of the 36 required
- Provides freedom to students to select elective courses specific to their personal
interests and career goals.
- Provides students the opportunity to complete an internship in a clinical, research,
or health-fitness setting.
- Provides students the opportunity to work within one of the faculty-directed laboratories
in order to gain valuable research experience (typically as a graduate research assistant).
Depending on their chosen path, students will gain experience in many aspects of animal
and/or human subject research. This may include recruitment and screening of subjects,
equipment operation, phlebotomy and blood processing, animal handling and surgery,
biochemical analyses, biomechanical analyses, data collection and analysis, grant
and manuscript preparation, and oral and written presentation of research findings.