The M.S. program is available to those students who wish to pursue study of a specialized focus within the body of knowledge underlying Exercise Science. Graduate students experience the Exercise Science sub-disciplines of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics within our excellent facilities at East Stroudsburg University.

Students can choose from two options within the MS Exercise Science: the thesis option or the internship option. In the thesis option students will gain experience in the design and implementation of research within the field of Exercise Science, culminating in a written thesis that is subject to faculty review. In the internship option students will gain experience in a work environment through the culminating experience of an internship completed in an area allied to Exercise Science. Students can also select fall or spring admission to the program depending upon their specific needs.

M.S. Exercise Science (course sequence for fall admission)

Summer Post-Session

Thesis option   Internship option  
Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 570 Introduction to Research 3 EXSC 570 Introduction to Research 3
Subtotal 3 Subtotal 3

Fall Semester

Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 524 Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques 1 EXSC 524 Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques 1
EXSC 526 Biomechanics of Human Performance 3 EXSC 526 Biomechanics of Human Performance 3
EXSC 527 Physiology of Human Performance 3 EXSC 527 Physiology of Human Performance 3
EXSC 528 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 1 EXSC 528 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 1
EXSC 563 Neuromuscular Adaptations to Exercise 3 EXSC 510 Advanced Exercise Assessment & Programming 3
Subtotal 11 Subtotal 11

Spring Semester

Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 513 Evaluation in MSES 3 EXSC 513 Evaluation in MSES 3
EXSC 565 Strength & Conditioning Theory 3 EXSC 565 Strength & Conditioning Theory 3
EXSC 547 Advanced Topics in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 3 EXSC 547 Advanced Topics in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 3
EXSC 525 Psychology of Human Performance 3 EXSC 525 Psychology of Human Performance 3
Subtotal 12 Subtotal 12

Summer Main Session

Courses Credits Courses Credits
CEXP 536 Organization & Administration of Cardiac & Primary Prevention Programs 3 CEXP 536 Organization & Administration of Cardiac & Primary Prevention Programs 3
EXSC 511 Motor Learning & Control 3 EXSC 511 Motor Learning & Control 3
EXSC 572 Thesis seminar 3 EXSC 586 Internship 3
Subtotal 9 Subtotal 9
TOTAL CREDITS 35 TOTAL CREDITS 35

M.S. Exercise Science (course sequence for spring admission)

Spring Semester

Thesis option   Internship option  
Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 513 Evaluation in MSES 3 EXSC 513 Evaluation in MSES 3
EXSC 565 Strength & Conditioning Theory 3 EXSC 565 Strength & Conditioning Theory 3
EXSC 547 Advanced Topics in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 3 EXSC 547 Advanced Topics in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 3
EXSC 525 Psychology of Human Performance 3 EXSC 525 Psychology of Human Performance 3
Subtotal 12 Subtotal 12

Summer Main Session

Courses Credits Courses Credits
CEXP 536 Organization & Administration of Cardiac & Primary Prevention Programs 3 CEXP 536 Organization & Administration of Cardiac & Primary Prevention Programs 3
EXSC 511 Motor Learning & Control 3 EXSC 511 Motor Learning & Control 3
EXSC 572 Thesis seminar 3 EXSC 586 Internship 3
Subtotal 9 Subtotal 9

Summer Post-Session

Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 570 Introduction to Research 3 EXSC 570 Introduction to Research 3
Subtotal 3 Subtotal 3

Fall Semester

Courses Credits Courses Credits
EXSC 524 Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques 1 EXSC 524 Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques 1
EXSC 526 Biomechanics of Human Performance 3 EXSC 526 Biomechanics of Human Performance 3
EXSC 527 Physiology of Human Performance 3 EXSC 527 Physiology of Human Performance 3
EXSC 528 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 1 EXSC 528 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 1
EXSC 563 Neuromuscular Adaptations to Exercise 3 EXSC 510 Advanced Exercise Assessment & Programming 3
Subtotal 11 Subtotal 11
TOTAL CREDITS 35 TOTAL CREDITS 35

Graduation from this program will provide the student with the professional preparation for credentialing from organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and/or to pursue more advanced study (doctoral degree) or a career in exercise science research.

Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 overall GPA (3.0 in major)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A written 'Statement of Intent'

National Accreditation of the Program

The MS in Exercise Science is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Outcomes Data

First-time pass rates for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam

Year Number of students who took CSCS Number of students who passed CSCS National Average
2015-2016 2 2 (100%) 63%
2016-2017 2 2 (100%) 55%
2017-2018 2 2 (100%) Unavailable

For additional information about the Exercise Science department, please contact the department secretary at rcoscia@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Koehler Fieldhouse 1st Floor
Phone:
(570) 422-3302
Fax:
(570) 422-3616 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Graduate Coordinator Exercise Science
Name
Chad Witmer
Phone:
(570)422-3362
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