Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 33
CIP Code: 31.0505
Dept. Code: EXC
Major/College Codes: EDP / ED
Concentrations available in:
Strength and Conditioning (EST)
Health and Wellness (EHW)
Department: Educational and Psychological Studies
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
The M.S. in Exercise Science provides and in-depth study of applied human physiology and how it relates to athletic performance and health and wellness. The purpose of the program is to prepare fitness professionals that are equipped to meet the needs of adults in their pursuit of improved health and performance. Exercise science professionals work with adults in leadership positions in areas such as strength & conditioning, worksite health promotion, commercial and community fitness/wellness, hospital/clinical rehabilitation, personal fitness training, and sports performance. In addition, graduates of this program will have the educational background to pursue doctoral education and other advanced degree programs. The major offers three optionsExercise Science, Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health & Wellness.
Major Research Areas
Environmental and Occupational Health/Heat Stress
Legal Liability, Risk Management, and Fitness Safety
Physical Activity Behavior and Adherence
Psychobiology of Exercise
Sports Nutrition and Performance Enhancement
Strength & Conditioning
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Letter of intent (please include career goals, any type of experience related to the field and/or research experience).
To be successful in this major, the following pre-requisite courses are recommended: Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology.
Admissions decisions are based on the following: GPA, relevant coursework, experience in the field, letter of intent, research experience, and letters of recommendation. Applicants should be aware that admission into any graduate major is granted on a competitive basis.