About this Program

The Master of Science in Exercise Science is designed to prepare students for advanced roles in careers that utilize exercise to improve the fitness and health among a wide variety of populations: individuals with chronic disease, healthy adults, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes. Our students receive vibrant, face-to-face learning with experts in exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and exercise testing and prescription.

Program Highlights

  • Faculty: expert teacher-researchers who take pride in both endeavors

  • Laboratories: high-quality facilities with state-of-the-art research equipment

  • Capstone: choose between an internship for career preparation or research for doctoral study preparation

  • Academics: a solid background in the exercise sciences with elective courses for career options

  • Program can be completed in 3 consecutive semesters

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science
Delivery Modes


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Alumni Careers

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Sentara Heart Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)
City of Chesapeake
Newport News Retirement Center
Virginia High Performance


What are the requirements to apply for Exercise Science at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science program in Exercise Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate major courses.

  • Have a score of at least 291 (900 by former scoring standard) between quantitative and verbal on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • Waiving the GRE requirement is considered for applicants with a high GPA in major coursework.

For Admission to the Exercise Science Program

Low GPA OR GRE Score

Students who have either a low GPA or a low GRE score may be considered for admission to provisional status.   Waiving the GRE requirement is considered for applicants with a high GPA in major coursework. Additionally, students must be computer literate.  Prerequisites include at least one semester of anatomy and physiology, one semester of exercise physiology, and one semester of biomechanics.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships

Several graduate assistantships are available that provide a stipend of $7,500 each in the fall and spring semesters.


Associate Professor

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