Exercise Science (MS)

Master of Science in Exercise Science

Department of Health and Exercise Science
Beaver College of Health Sciences

hes.appstate.edu

Travis Triplett, Interim Chair and Professor
triplttnt@appstate.edu

R. Andrew Shanely, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
shanelyra@appstate.edu

The Department of Health and Exercise Science offers the Master of Science in Exercise Science (Major Code: 842*/31.0505), with concentrations in:

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology (842E)
  • Research (842B)
  • Strength and Conditioning (842D)

The Master of Science in Exercise Science degree requires students to complete a minimum of 36 hours over a 2 year period. The exercise science program permits students to elect from three concentration options:

  • a Research Concentration that includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for future Ph.D. work;
  • a Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration that 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; and
  • a Strength and Conditioning Concentration that includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, or sports performance.

Students are encouraged to assist in on-going research in the Departmental laboratories. In addition, students are encouraged to engage in research that culminates in a professional presentation or publication. The Clinical Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning concentrations have required practicum or internship experiences. Research, teaching, and clinical assistantships are available for qualified students.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; statement of career goal; the following courses or equivalents must be completed prior to formal admission into the program: Human Anatomy and Physiology (ES 2030, 4 s.h.); Exercise Physiology (ES 3002, 3 s.h.); Introduction to Biomechanics (ES 3550, 4 s.h.). This list may not include prerequisites for all elective courses. The applicant must also have two additional science courses. Prerequisites will be assessed at the discretion of the graduate program director.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet or exceed the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed by the program in comparison to the current applicant pool.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Exercise Science
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • ES 5000: Introduction to Research Principles and Design (3)
  • ES 5200: Exercise Science Seminar (1) (first year)
  • ES 5591: Biomechanical and Physiological Laboratory Assessment (3)
  • ES 5592: Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
  • ES 5623: Exercise Physiology (4)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (Code: 842E)

  • ES 5620: Cardiovascular Physiology (3)
  • ES 5625: Concepts of Clinical Exercise Testing (3)
  • ES 5645: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation (3)
  • ES 5660: Exercise Prescription and Chronic Disease Management (3)
  • Choose one of the following (6 s.h.):
    • ES 5900: Internship (6), OR
    • ES 5999: Thesis (6)
  • 4 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the advisor's approval.

OR
Research Concentration (Code: 842B)

  • ES 5999: Thesis (6)
  • 16 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the advisor's approval.

OR
Strength and Conditioning Concentration (Code: 842D)

  • ES 5555: Advanced Nutritional Aspects of Exercise and Sports (3)
  • ES 5600: Survey of Sports Performance (3)
  • ES 5650: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Strength and Conditioning (3)
  • ES 5710: Biomechanics (3)
  • Choose one of the following (6 s.h.):
    • ES 5900: Internship (6), OR
    • ES 5900: Internship (3) AND ES 5560: Research Project (3), OR
    • ES 5999: Thesis (6)
  • 4 s.h. of graduate electives chosen with the advisor's approval.
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Other Requirements for the MS in Exercise Science:

  • Thesis: Required for the Research concentration; optional for the other concentrations
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis option; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: Required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

NOTES:

  • During ES 5900 Internship, 50 contact hours equals 1 s.h. credit.
  • If the ES 5999 Thesis option is chosen, students should be in preparation for prospectus approval by the 2nd Fall semester.
  • The total requirement for the degree is 36 s.h. minimum, but may be more depending upon elective hours.

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