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Exercise Science

Master of Science (M.S.)

College: College of Education & Behavioral Science

Department: Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences


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.

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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.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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  • 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.

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