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M.S. in Exercise Science: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

33 Total Credits Required

The online M.S. in Exercise Science requires 33 credit hours of coursework. You’ll study exercise physiology, exercise testing, applied exercise prescription, biomechanics, nutrition, kinesiology, and metabolism as well as psychology of sport and exercise.

The master’s in exercise science online program can be completed in 5.5 semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Courses


This course examines qualitative and quantitative elements and physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone physiology, muscle mechanics, and connective tissue principles. Sport techniques and environmental conditions (e.g., friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Biomechanical implications of sport and fitness skill performance will be analyzed for mechanical efficiency and effectiveness.

The physiological responses to exercise performance and the effects of physical activity on the body’s functions are examined in theory and application.

This course examines the various research methodologies used in the field of kinesiology. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies, and action science. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of research are introduced.

Students will learn how to select physical fitness tests, and conduct physiological assessments on members of diverse populations. Students will further study the procedures involved in screening individuals from diverse populations with varying levels of functional work capacity.

This course focuses on the integration of nutrition with molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism. Major topics discussed in this course include the metabolic effects of diet composition, the interactions of macronutrients, and dietary modifications and their associated impact upon performance.

This course familiarizes students with the scientific principles of comparative movement analysis. The students are introduced to the underlying physiological and bio-mechanical principles behind foundational training principles and how they can influence training and program design.

This course examines the integration of thought processes with the human body to produce skilled motor performance. Theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of motor behavior are examined and applied to significant systems involving gross motor learning and control in sport and exercise.

This course focuses upon the design of individualized exercise programs and prescriptions in health and disease. Knowledge of skills necessary for safe and effective application of these prescriptions for members of diverse populations as well as the prevention and maintenance of chronic disease will be emphasized.

This course explores the ethical and sociological issues in sport and exercise settings. Students will critically analyze problems and issues from an ethical and sociological perspective. Students will further examine contemporary case studies to think reflectively about the topics presented in the course in relation to present life experiences and future plans.

Psychology of sport and its applications for performance enhancement are examined. Special attention is given to theory and techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance performance in the exercise science industry. Psychological aspects of exercise-related injury will also be explored within this course.

The capstone course provides the exercise science professional with the opportunity to synthesize the learning, which has taken place throughout the program. It further focuses upon the practical application of kinesiology concepts within the exercise science industry. The capstone will serve as an assessment of student learning within the Master of Science in Exercise Science program.

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