EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Program Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science-Human Performance is an interdisciplinary area of advanced study for those interested in learning and applying scientific principles to training of athletes at all levels: recreational, high school, college, professional. Areas of study include physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning. Majors in Human Performance can also choose an emphasis in strength and conditioning or a concentration in athletic training.

Students interested in studying the responses and adaptations to the training of athletes, pursuing a career as a sport coach or strength and conditioning coach, or working in fitness/athletic enhancement centers are encouraged to apply to this graduate program.

GRADUATE PREPARATION GOALS:

  • Serve as head or assistant strength and conditioning coach for high school, DI, DII or DIII university sports or professional and semi-professional sports.
  • Serve as head or assistant sport coach with a scientific background to design training programs for athletes
  • Serve as fitness professional in health club, fitness facility or corporate fitness facility
  • Pursue a doctoral degree and career as an exercise scientist (teaching and research at the university level)

Application deadline is February 1 of each year for fall and summer semesters, October 1 for spring semester.

(Thesis or Non-Thesis):

At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the 700 level. Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations at the end of the program.

Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:
Credits
GRE Scores
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3
ESS 206 Human Physiology 3
ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise 3
ESS 303 Biomechanics 2
 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (32 credits)
 
Category A -Research
Thesis Option (12 credits)
Credits
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
ESS 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6
Non-thesis Option (6 credits)
Credits
ESS 749 Psychological Aspects of Sport 3
ESS 750 Mechanics and Analysis of Movement 3
ESS 751 Advanced Biomechanics 3
ESS 761 Laboratory Techniques in Human Performance - Biomechanics 2
ESS 762 Laboratory Techniques in Human Performance - Exercise Physiology 3
ESS 763 Laboratory Techniques in Human Performance - Motor Learning 2
ESS 768 Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance 3
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity 3
Written comprehensive exam
 
Category C - Electives (other courses may be selected with consent of program director)
Thesis Option (7-9 credits)
Non-thesis Option (13-15 credits)
Credits
ESS 545 Planning Facilities in Physical Activity and Sport 3
ESS 560 Clinical Forum Appropriate Topics 3
ESS 680 Injury Prevention, Management and Rehabilitation 2
ESS 730 Athletic Activity Injury/Illness Evaluation 3
ESS 731 Rehabilitation of Athletic Musculoskeletal 3
ESS 732 Advanced Athletic Activity Injury Management 3
ESS 733 Advanced Athletic Training Teaching 3
ESS 739 Current Issues in Sport Law 3
ESS 742 Perceptual Motor Development of Children 3
ESS 747 Advanced Principals of Athletic Performance Enhancement 3
ESS 766 Sports in American Culture 3
ESS 769 Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/ Power Training 3
ESS 780 Philosophy and Organization of Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs 2
ESS 784 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology 3
ESS 789 Internship: Human Performance 3
ESS 794 Readings in Sports Psychology 1-2
ESS 795 Independent Study 1-3
ESS 796 Readings in Biomechanics 1-3
ESS 797 Readings in Exercise Physiology 3
ESS 798 Readings in Motor Learning 1-3
BIO 524 Endocrinology 3
ESS 535 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 565 Principles of Neurobiology 3
ESS 718 Advanced Human Physiology I 4
BIO 719 Advanced Human Physiology II 4
Three maximum total credits in ESS 796, 797, 798
 
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EMPHASIS
(Non-thesis only):
 
Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:
  Credits
GRE Scores
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3
ESS 206 Human Physiology 3
ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise 2
ESS 303 Biomechanics 2
ESS 368 Strength Training Theory and Techniques 2
Two letters of recommendation
CSCS preferred
 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: (32 credits)
 
Category A -Research (6 credits)
  Credits
ESS 730 Introduction to Research 3
ESS 752 Assessment of Physical Education and Athletics 3
 
Category B -Core Requirements
(24 credits)
  Credits
ESS 545 Planning Facilities in Physical Activity and Sport 3
ESS 702 Sport Administration 3
ESS 738 Financial Management for Sport Programs 3
ESS 749 Psychological Aspects of Sport 3
ESS 750 Mechanics and Analysis of Movement 3
ESS 769 Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training 3
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity 3
ESS 789 Internship: Human Performance 3
 
Category C -Electives
(2 credits minimum)
  Credits
ESS 739 Current Issues in Sport Law 3
ESS 754 Sport Marketing 3
ESS 760 Problems in Athletics 3
ESS 766 Sports in American Culture 3
ESS 768 Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance 3
ESS 795 Independent Study 1-3
 
ESS 730 Introduction to Research 3
ESS 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
ESS 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6

*Other courses may be selected with the consent of the program director.
**Total combined credits for all readings classes may be no greater than three.