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2019-20 Graduate Catalog 
2019-20 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, M.S.

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Dr. Sandra Stevens, M.S. Advisor
(615) 494-7905

This four-semester degree offers preparation for candidates to gain certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and to enter terminal Exercise Science degree programs. Career opportunities include employment in clinical exercise physiology and corporate, community, or private fitness sectors. The non-thesis option requires completion of 36 semester hours including an internship. The thesis option includes 30 hours of coursework. The degree prerequisite is two semesters of human anatomy and physiology.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, including successful completion of a course in human anatomy and physiology;
  2. an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
  3. 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 with a combined score that exceeds 291. The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.

Application Procedures

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.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GRE;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Exercise Science requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours (thesis) or a minimum of 36 semester hours (non-thesis).

Candidate must

  1. complete either the thesis or non-thesis curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum section;
  2. 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;
  3. 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

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Thesis Option (30 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)

Approved electives (12 hours)

Twelve hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor. Six hours must have an EXSC prefix.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. 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.

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