Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (MS)
The graduate program in Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (ESMS):
- Is a 36 hour program, inclusive of 6 hours of faculty-directed research (thesis or project).
- 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, bioenergetics).
- 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 setting.
- 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 credit hours).
- 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.
- Concentration: Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences
- Degree: MS
- MS Degree Sheet
*When completing the MS application, your major will be Health Studies with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science.
"As a former student and graduate from the School of Health Studies, I was provided
with a well-rounded foundation that prepared me for success stemming from my experience
in the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic and Neuromechanics laboratories. To date, this
has allowed me to expand my training beyond the classroom setting and gain hands on
experience conducting a variety health and performance related tests on human participants.
The unique training allowed me to become a well prepared and collaborative researcher,
as I am currently part of a research team that integrates areas of metabolism, biomechanics,
and motor control to improve aspects of physical health and performance. I would highly
recommend the School of Health Studies to anyone interested in pursuing a career in
a health or performance related field."
-Matt McAllister, MS
"Throughout my graduate studies within the School of Health Studies, I was provided
an education that is second to none. I learned the skills required to reach my academic
goals as well as the skills needed succeed in the field as an educator and researcher.
As a current doctoral student in Kinesiology, it is clear that my education within
SHS fully prepared me to face the demands of PhD studies and beyond. Without question,
much of the success I have had, as well as my potential for future success, is a credit
to my graduate education in the School of Health Studies."
-John R. Harry, MS, CSCS
"The knowledge I acquired throughout my graduate career with the School of Health
Studies is invaluable. I had the opportunity to experience vast academic growth in
the classroom, author/co-author several research publications, work daily in multiple
labs, and achieve my ultimate goal of gaining admittance into medical school. I am
forever grateful to the faculty of this department for truly inspiring me to reach
my full potential and aiding in my future success as a physician."
-Trint A. Gunnels, MS
"The graduate program in the School of Health Studies helped prepare me for a career
in biomedical research. Through the program I was further educated in an applied science
while also taking courses in the basic sciences. The research focus of the program
has equipped me with physical and analytical knowledge that will not only help in
my career, but in life as well."
-Rick Alleman Jr., MS