Keith DeRuisseau, Department Chair
201 Women’s Building
The master’s program in exercise science is designed to train students for positions in hospitals and in corporate and private agencies that provide fitness and wellness programming and rehabilitative exercise programs. An emphasis on research in applied physiology also prepares students for doctoral programs in exercise science. Students in exercise science have the opportunity for supplemental study in areas such as nutrition, health promotion, and sports medicine. Because exercise science is functionally related to physical education, physical educators with provisional/initial teaching certification may use graduate study in exercise science to obtain permanent/professional teaching certification.
The admissions requirements for this program include: undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (for international applications), undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a resume and personal statement.
Prerequisite course work to be considered for admission to the MS in Exercise Science include:
- General Biology - 8 credits (must include labs)
- Human Anatomy & Physiology - 8 credits (must include labs)
- 3 credits Exercise Physiology or 6 credits in other General Science including Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology; (excluding BIO I/II and A&P I/II)
Part-time study is acceptable; however, time to degree completion depends on available course offerings and number of courses enrolled. Time limit to degree completion is 7 years.
Limited department financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits for students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs. Financial aid is determined based on merit.
Additional information regarding graduate financial aid can be found at https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/
Students may transfer up to 9 credits. Substituted/transferred course work should cover material equivalent to that which is covered in the relevant required course. Substitution/transfer requests will need to be approved by the graduate committee for exercise science programs. All students are expected to file a tentative program of study in their second semester. Students transferring courses from another institution must file a program of study prior to completing 12 credits at Syracuse University.
Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.
MS, 36 credits