Appalachian’s 36-hour Master of Science degree in Exercise Science prepares qualified professionals for employment in athletics programs, exercise/fitness centers, hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness programs, rehabilitation centers and allied health areas. Additionally, the program prepares students for advanced study in related fields such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, medicine and chiropractic medicine, and for research.
As a student, you’ll take a scientific core of courses that provide a complete understanding of human physiology and biomechanics and how exercise impacts those areas. After completing the core, you can choose one of three concentrations to develop practical knowledge:
- Research – Includescoursework and experiences to prepare students for future Ph.D. work.
- Clinical Exercise Physiology – Includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for careers in clinical settings such as hospitals and rehabilitation facilities focusing on preventive and chronic disease management.
- Strength and Conditioning – Includescoursework and experiences to prepare students for careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, or sports performance.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin at these links:
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form:3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); personal statement describing your academic and professional goals (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to Exercise Science: Undergraduate coursework in the following: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, plus two additional science courses. These courses should be completed prior to formal admission into the program and registration in graduate courses with few exceptions. This list may not include prerequisites for all elective courses. Assessment of prerequisite requirements is made at the discretion of the graduate program director.
- Medical centers
- Corporate wellness centers
- University research centers and medical centers
- Major and minor league sports
- University athletics teams
- Sports associations
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: 4/1
- Fall: 7/1 (12/15)
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- You will have opportunities for graduate assistantships in research, teaching, athletic training for student-athletes and community cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs.
- You can engage and contribute to on-going research alongside graduate faculty in state-of-the-art, on-campus laboratories that include:
- Anatomy and Physiology Lab
- Fisher-Hamilton/NYCOM Biochemistry Lab
- Neuromuscular and Biomechanics Lab
- Hydrostatic Lab
- Vascular Biology and Autonomic Studies Lab
- Metabolic Studies Lab
- Injury Neuromechanics Lab
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Research Technician
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dr. Scott Collier