Mar 05, 2021
Don Morgan, Program Director
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers three Master of Science degrees: one with a major in Exercise Science; one with a major in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health and Physical Education; and one with a major in Leisure and Sport Management with concentrations in Sport Industry and in Recreation and Leisure Services.
The department also offers the Ph.D. in Human Performance with specializations in five areas: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure and Sport Management, and Physical Education.
Additionally, the department offers courses in Communication Disorders (CDIS).
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.
Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) program in Exercise Science requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, including successful completion of a course in human anatomy and physiology;
- an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores. Successful applicants to the M.S. in Exercise Science program typically have scores on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative measures that exceed 150 and 141 respectively (current scale) or 450 (former scale) with a combined score that exceeds 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale). The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by February 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the GRE;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study.
- complete either the thesis or non-thesis curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum section;
- if choosing the thesis option, select a thesis committee composed of two members (at least one of whom must be from the Department of Health and Human Performance) and successfully complete an oral examination relating to the thesis;
- if choosing the non-thesis option, successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Exercise Science
Candidate must complete 30 hours (thesis option) or 36 hours (non-thesis option) in the following course of study:
Required courses - preferred sequence (21 hours)
Approved electives (9 hours)
Nine hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor. Six hours must have an EXSC prefix.
Non-thesis Option (36 semester hours)
Required courses (24 hours)
Approved electives (12 hours)
Twelve hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor. Six hours must have an EXSC prefix.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.