Exercise Science: M.S.
Ouachita's Master of Science degree program in exercise science is built on a cutting-edge,
evidence-based understanding of exercise as medicine and emphasizes cardiac rehabilitation
and program implementation, providing a unique perspective on the therapeutic effect
exercise has on the human body. Our 36-hour program can be completed in 12 months.
It is designed to meet the needs of students working in a health-related profession,
providing them with optimal learning opportunities in the tradition of excellence
established by our Department of Kinesiology. As part of Ouachita's faith-focused
learning community, you can also learn to use exercise science as a form of ministry
– affecting personal health, wellness and mental health as well as how people relate
to one another and to God.
Strength and Conditioning
Corrective Exercise Specialties
Corporate and Industry Wellness
Military Holistic Health
Exercise Physiology I & II
Care and Prevention of Injury
Leadership & Ethics in Human Performance
Instruction of Human Performance
This 36-hour Master of Science degree program offers fully online, asynchronous coursework with a required 2-day on-campus, in-person orientation workshop in late summer before the first term begins. The program can be completed in 12 months at a full-time rate of study; part-time study is an option, too. With options to complete a capstone project either through a hands-on internship or research-based thesis, it prepares students for their unique career paths.
The application opens January 1, 2024, and closes July 15, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024.
Completed Capstone Experience Required for Graduation
Demand for Exercise Physiologists Expected to Grow by 2030
"This program is designed for the working professional who wants to expand their career opportunities in the field of exercise science. We have some of the best faculty and guests to share experiences and help navigate the way for an exceptional career path in our field of study."
Terry DeWitt, Ph.D., AT, EP-C
director, exercise science graduate program
Flexible, faith-focused program
Career prep for a growing field
Ouachita General Graduate Admissions Requirements:
- Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
- 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
- Completed application, which includes a statement of purpose
- Three references
- Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
Admissions Requirements for the M.S. in Exercise Science:
- 2.75 GPA
- An active CPR certification must be submitted by the time of enrollment
- Recommended Coursework:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (final grade of C or higher), 8 hours
- Nutrition or Sports Nutrition (final grade of C or higher), 3 hours
- College Algebra
- Kinesiology undergraduate coursework (such as Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing, Special Populations, Strength & Conditioning, Structural Basis of Human Movement or Sports Nutrition), 9+ hours
*Conditional admission is considered for applicants who meet all other admissions requirements and have a GPA below 2.750, but not lower than 2.500.
Tuition per graduate credit hour: $500
- Students must complete 36 hours of course work and show competency in student learning outcomes.
- Students must choose to complete one of the following options for a capstone experience:
- A 100-hour internship at a fitness and wellness facility, especially helpful for students who want to pursue careers in wellness and clinical settings
- A research-based thesis, especially helpful for students who want to pursue careers in research and scholarship
- Students must pass either a department comprehensive exam or an industry standard exam (such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified
Exercise Physiology exam). Passing either exam will demonstrate mastery of the program’s
student learning outcomes; the option is provided so that students can select the
exam that is most appropriate for their career path.
- The department exam will cover research-related student learning outcomes; the ACSM exam will not.
- Students who plan to work in a clinical setting will be encouraged to take the industry-recognized exam; those seeking other means of employment including health coaching and research may prefer to take the department exam, which is customized to their personal learning goals.
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