EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Program Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science-Human Performance is an interdisciplinary program of study for those interested in learning and applying scientific principles to training of physically active individuals and athletes at all levels (e.g. recreational, high school, college, professional). Areas of study include physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning. Students in Human Performance can choose an emphasis in applied sport science or strength and conditioning. Students select a thesis option (32 credits) or a non-thesis (32 credits). Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations at the end of the program. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the 700 level.

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.
· Prepare sport coaches to apply sport science to their training programs.
· 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 semester.

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.

APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE EMPHASIS

Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) and requirements for admission:                                               

GRE Scores Credits
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3
ESS 206 Human Physiology  3
ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise 3
ESS 303 Biomechanics 3

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)  
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
   
Category B - Core Requirements (11-12 credits) Credits
ESS 750 Mechanics and Analysis of Movement 3
ESS 768 Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance 3
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity 3
One of the following:  
ESS 761 Lab Techniques - Biomechanics 2
ESS 762 Lab Techniques - Exercise Physiology 3
ESS 763 Laboratory Techniques - Motor Learning 2
   
Category C – Electives (other courses may be selected with consent of program director)
Thesis Option
(8-9 credits)
Non-thesis Option (14-15 credits) 
Credits
ESS 545 Planning Facilities in Physical Activity and Sport 3
ESS 560 Clinical Forum - Appropriate Topics 6 max.
ESS 732 Advanced Athletic Activity Injury Management   3
ESS 733 Advanced Athletic Training Clinical  3
ESS 734 Effective Instruction in Athletic Training 3
ESS 739 Current Issues in Sport Law 3
ESS 740 Reading/Writing in Athletic Training 3
ESS 742 Perceptual Motor Development of Children 3
ESS 747 Advanced Principles of Athletic Enhancement 3
ESS 749 Psychological Aspects of Sport 3
ESS 766 Sports in American Culture 3
ESS 769 Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training 3
ESS 784 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology 3
ESS 789 Internship: Human Performance 3
ESS 794 Readings in Sports Psychology* 1-3
ESS 795 Independent Study 1-3,6 max.
ESS 796 Readings in Biomechanics* 1-3
ESS 797 Readings in Exercise Physiology*  1-3
ESS 798 Readings in Motor Learning* 1-3
BIO 524 Endocrinology 3
BIO 535 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 565 Neurophysiology 3
BIO 718 Advanced Human Physiology I 4
BIO 719 Advanced Human Physiology II 4

 *Total combined credits for all reading classes may be no greater than three.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EMPHASIS
Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) and requirements for admission:

GRE Scores Credits
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3
ESS 206 Human Physiology 3
ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise 3
ESS 303 Biomechanics 3
ESS 368 Strength Training Theory and Techniques
or Undergraduate Internship in related area. Two letters of recommendation, CSCS preferred.
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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)  
EFN 730 Introduction to Research  3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
     
Category B - Core Requirements (18 credits) Credits
ESS 747 Advanced Principles in Athletic Enhancement  3
ESS 750 Mechanics & Analysis of Movement  3
ESS 768 Psychomotor Bases of Skilled Performance 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 (other courses may be selected with consent of program director)
Thesis Option
(2 credits minimum)
Non-Thesis Option (8 credits minimum)
Credits
ESS 545 Planning Facilities in Physical Therapy Activity and Sport 3
ESS 560 Clinical Forum – Appropriate Topics 2-3, 6 max.
ESS 702 Sport Administration 2
ESS 738 Financial Management for Sport Program   3
ESS 739 Current Issues in Sport Law 3
ESS 749 Psychological Aspects of Sport  3
ESS 754 Sport Marketing 3
ESS 760 Problems in Athletics 3
ESS 766 Sports in American Culture 3
ESS 795 Independent Study 1-3, 6 max.

RESEARCH EMPHASIS (Thesis only)

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY - This emphasis is currently not available.

RESEARCH EMPHASIS (Thesis only)

BIOMECHANICS - This emphasis currently is not available.