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Exercise Science

Master of Science (M.S.)


The Arkansas State University Masters in Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of jobs in health, wellness, and the clinical settings through course work, practical experiences, and research opportunities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take certification exams offered through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  Obtaining this degree along with nationally recognized certifications will prepare individuals to work and manage commercial and corporate wellness facilities as well as work in the clinical settings.

Curriculum Requirements and Options
Recommended Course Sequencing and Course Scheduling

Admission Process

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree must have graduated from an accredited four year institution with the appropriate undergraduate background in the field of proposed academic emphasis.  For a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, typically the appropriate preparation will be an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science (or equivalent), a minimum of 18 semester hours of appropriate course work is required.  Each applicant will be individually evaluated by the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator as to what may be appropriate for them.  These courses may be completed concurrently with graduate work, but must be completed before the student is admitted for candidacy for the degree.

Eighteen to twenty-four hours of the courses list below will normally be considered appropriate.

  • ES 3543  Human Anatomy & Fundamentals of Motion
  • ES 3553  Basic Physiology of Activity
  • ES 3623  Techniques of Physiological Fitness Assessment
  • ES 3633  Nutrition for Health, Sport and Exercise
  • ES 3653  Techniques of Aerobic Conditioning
  • ES 3713  Cardiovascular Physiology
  • ES 3743  Research & Statistics Methods In Exercise Science
  • PE 4673  Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • ES 4683  Exercise Prescription and Fitness Programming          
  • ES 4693  Techniques of Strength Training and Conditioning
  • ES 4763  Kinesiology
  • ES 4813  Applied Motor Learning
  • Applicant Information

    For unconditional admission, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.25 GPA during the last 60 credit hours of university work.

    For conditional admission, students are required to have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 credit hours of university work.

     Applicants are required to submit the following:

    • Official transcripts as verification of all coursework and degree(s).
    • A formal Statement of Goals which should explain in at least 500 words why he/she is seeking admission into the program and what plans he/she has following the attainment of the degree.
    • A current resume.
    • At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential and professional capabilities.