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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, exercise testing, exercise prescription, and nutrition.
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
Clinical Exercise Physiologists - Median Income $49,090
Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs for patient populations that include exercise or physical activities, such as those to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, etc. Most jobs require a master’s degree.
Wellness Director – Median Income $55,415
Develop, implement and monitor a variety of wellness and fitness programs for companies or communities. These programs are designed for the improvement of the mental and physical health of employees, individuals, and families. Most jobs require a master’s degree.
Strength and Conditioning Coaches – Median Income $39,901
Train athletes to enhance strength, cardio-respiratory fitness, speed, power, and body composition with the goal of improving athletic performance and also maintaining or improving health. Most job’s require a master’s degree.
Biomechanics Researcher – salary range variable
Performs sports-specific research in university or industry settings. Performs biomechanical data collection and analysis; helps develop new tools, equipment, and methods to enhance athletic performance.
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Review of current physiological literature related to muscular exercise including the cardiovascular-respiratory system, metabolic effects of exercise, neuromuscular relationships, and the effects of training or diet, environment, ergogenic aids, temperature, attitude, and other factors on performance and health. Prerequisite: HPE 509 or equivalent.
This course is an in-depth analysis of the role of nutrition in health and human physical and athletic performance. General areas covered include the role of the six major classes of nutrients in health and sport, physiologic and metabolic interrelationships, malnutrition, nutrition in growing and aging, and diet and nutrition in the prevention of disease.
Study of the relationships among mechanics, energetics and control of human movement. Emphasis will be placed on the application of mechanical concepts in biomechanics research. Course includes laboratory assignments. Prerequisite: EXSC 417 or EXSC 517.
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).
Students who have either a low GPA or a low GRE score may be considered for admission to provisional status. GRE scores are required for consideration of admittance. Additionally, students must be computer literate. Prerequisites include two semesters of anatomy and physiology, one semester of exercise physiology, and one semester of biomechanics.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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.
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Several graduate assistantships are available that provide a stipend of $5,000 each in the fall and spring semesters.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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