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Exercise Science (M.S.)

Exercise science is a growing field with a unique study of the human body and how physical activity can improve health and wellness for people of all ages and all stages of fitness.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.S.
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Exercise Science Graduate Program Coordinator, Professor of Exercise Science
Chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Professor of Exercise Science
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Our exercise science master's degree program prepares you for research opportunities, doctoral study and employment in universities, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness and wellness, sports medicine, and pediatric/geriatric fitness. You'll complete graduate level courses in exercise science with clinical and research internships that encompass the full spectrum of health, including:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physiological assessment training for optimal performance

These activities are augmented by such learning recourses as library support, information technology and well-equipped exercise physiology, biomechanics, and computer laboratories in Centennial Hall — home of our exercise science program.

Bloomsburg Because

You'll have opportunities and access to:

  • Hands-on experience with exercise science professors with diverse interests
  • Potentially graduate with one or more publications
  • First-hand experience with grant writing
  • Represent Bloomsburg at regional, national, and international meetings
  • Affordable tuition
  • Assistantships available for those who qualify

Courses and Curriculum

A bachelor's degree in the biological or allied health sciences or a related field is recommended. Undergraduate prerequisites include Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Exercise Physiology. Undergraduate deficiencies may be addressed while working toward the master's degree (without credit earned toward the degree). Additionally, applicants must have an undergraduate QPA of at least 3.0 to be fully accepted into the Graduate Program. Students with a QPA of 2.7 – 2.99 will be considered for provisional acceptance. Graduate Record Exam scores may be requested.

Non-thesis option — A minimum of 39 semester hours and a 3.0 QPA is required to graduate.

The following course sequence is for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as formal academic advisement. Course selections and sequence may vary depending on course availability and counsel from your academic adviser. You should consult an academic adviser before developing an actual academic plan.

EXERSCI.500 Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques
EXERSCI.510 Research Methods in Exercise Science
EXERSCI.511 ECG Interpretation and Exercise Testing
EXERSCI.513 Current Issues in Exercise Science
EXERSCI.551 Mechanics of Human Movement
EXERSCI.553 Exercise in Chronic Disease Management
EXERSCI.454 | EXERSCI.554 Seminar: Exercise Specialist and Health Fitness Instructor
EXERSCI.556 Muscular Adaptations to Exercise
EXERSCI.560 Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism
EXERSCI.575 Exercise Physiology I EXERSCI.576 Exercise Physiology II
EXERSCI.577 Exercise Program Administration
EXERSCI.595 Practicum in Exercise Science

Thesis option — A minimum of 39 semester hours and a 3.0 QPA is required to graduate.

The following course sequence is for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as formal academic advisement. Course selections and sequence may vary depending on course availability and counsel from your academic adviser. You should consult an academic adviser before developing an actual academic plan.

EXERSCI.500 Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques
EXERSCI.510 Research Methods in Exercise Science
EXERSCI.511 ECG Interpretation and Exercise Testing
EXERSCI.551 Mechanics of Human Movement
EXERSCI.553 Exercise in Chronic Disease Management
EXERSCI.454 | EXERSCI.554 Seminar Exercise Specialists and Health Fitness Instructor
EXERSCI.556 Muscular Adaptations to Exercise
EXERSCI.560 Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism
EXERSCI.575 Exercise Physiology I EXERSCI.576 Exercise Physiology II
EXERSCI.577 Exercise Program Administration
EXERSCI.599 Master's Thesis

The Husky Difference

CAAHEP
The Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions.
NSCA Education Recognition Program
ERP distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength, and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CPT® and CSCS® certifications.

Careers

This two-year curriculum prepares students for careers in areas such as Cardiac Rehabilitation, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Corporate Fitness and Wellness, Health and Fitness Promotion, and Strength and Conditioning, as well as Teaching and Research in Higher Education. Graduates also pursue advanced degrees in a variety of Allied Health fields including Chiropractic Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, and Occupational Therapy, as well as Doctoral Degrees in all areas of Exercise Science.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabiliation
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Health and Fitness Instructor

Measuring Success

Recent graduates have earned full assistantships for doctoral study at:

  • Ball State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Florida State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • The University of Pittsburgh
  • Slippery Rock University-Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Syracuse University
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Thomas Jefferson Medical School

Recent graduates have accepted clinical, research and teaching positions at:

  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • The Sensor Medics Corporation
  • Air Products Corporation
  • The U.S. Naval Academy
  • The Cincinnati Sports Research Center
  • The University of Scranton

Articulation Agreements 

We have guaranteed seats in two graduate programs for students meeting certain requirements: Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) – Bloomsburg University, and Occupational Therapy – Le Moyne College.

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