Master of Science (M.S.)
There are two options within the M.S. in Science degree. To be eligible for either, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the enrollment date. At the time of admission, The Graduate School does not differentiate between thesis and non-thesis.
The thesis option is most appropriate for those who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree or a research-related profession following their M.S. The thesis option requires that you complete an independent research project under the guidance of your advisor and your committee. This thesis project is typically conducted during the 2nd year of your program.
The coursework only option (i.e., non-thesis) is most appropriate for those who are interested in obtaining an advanced degree but who do not intend to go on to doctoral studies. Most students who obtain an M.S. degree non-thesis use this to enhance their position within their chosen career path.
- Fitness specialist designing and implementing programs in the private sector
- Fitness specialist in a clinical setting overseeing programs
- Exercise physiologist in a research setting such as medical facility, private sector
- University Exercise physiologist overseeing and designing programs for individuals in retirement communities, assisted living and nursing homes
- Mental Skills Coach
- Master Resilience Trainer (US Army)
- Health and Wellness Facilitator / Health Coach
- Athletics Academic Advisor
Areas of Study
- Applied Neuromechanics (thesis only)
- Sports Medicine (non-thesis only)
- Exercise Physiology
- Motor Behavior (non-thesis only)
- Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education
- Community Youth Sport Development
- Sport & Exercise Psychology
Contact Person per Concentration
- Applied Neuromechanics – Dr. Randy Schmitz
- Sport Medicine – Dr. Randy Schmitz
- Exercise Physiology – Dr. Allan Goldfarb
- Motor Behavior – Dr. Christopher Rhea
- Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies in Physical Education – Dr. Ang Chen
- Community Youth Sport Development – Dr. Thomas Martinek
- Sport and Exercise Psychology – Dr. Jennifer Etnier
For detailed information on the courses in this program, view the Graduate Bulletin.