Exercise Science M.S.

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Our exercise science master’s degree focuses on biomechanics, exercise science, and motor behavior. Here you will advance your understanding of the effects of exercise and movement on the body and mind. An exercise science master’s degree will prepare you for professional school in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or for a doctoral program in kinesiology.

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Degree Overview

We have three tracks in which you can specialize depending on your interests such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, or motor behavior.

Coursework — 33 hours

  • 33 hours total
    • 18 hours of Exercise Science
    • 15 hours of Advisor Approved Credits

Three tracks from which to choose for your master’s degree:

  • Biomechanics
    • Study the structure and function of the human body’s mechanics.
    • Learn the physics behind movement, involving analysis of the actions of forces.
  • Exercise Physiology
    •  Study the acute responses and chronic adaptations to a variety of exercise conditions.
  • Motor Behavior
    • Study the psychology of human movement.
    • Learn how people acquire and master physical tasks.



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  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university

Application Deadlines

  • Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School by the following dates:
    • February 1 for Graduate Assistantships (completed online with your graduate school application)
    • May 1 for Fall semester start (August)
    • April 1 for International applicants for Fall semester start (August)

Admission Requirements

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For the admission process, you will need to provide the following:

  • Official transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Application fee payment

International applicants must also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS test
  • Medical insurance plan and an Official Statement of Financing
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  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent indicating concentration (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, or Motor Behavior)
  • Approval from the School of Kinesiology Director, Graduate Studies Committee, and faculty

Although we only require a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, we strongly recommend that our graduate students, who have not completed undergraduate degrees in kinesiology or other related fields, complete undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning prior to starting a graduate degree program in Kinesiology.

Additionally, basic science courses are the foundation of the Kinesiology academic discipline and we suggest securing this knowledge prior to starting our program. Based on your interest and studies in our graduate program, the following foundational coursework is recommended:

Exercise Science

  • Concentration in Biomechanics – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics
  • Concentration in Exercise Physiology – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Chemistry
  • Concentration in Motor Behavior – General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Psychology
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Cost & Financial Support


Financial Support

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Information for Students


Matt Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Exercise Science Graduate Program Officer
(334) 844-2717
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