Exercise & Sport Science
Welcome Message From the Program Director & ESS Faculty
Hello current and prospective graduate students. Your interest in Exercise and Sport Science is significant and commendable. We applaud your desire to study how physical activity, healthy eating choices, and positive lifestyle habits can help enhance quality of life. Whether you choose to work with children & youth or adults, healthy populations or special populations, novice or elite athletes, YOU can make an immediate impact on individual lives and our society.
The graduate program is designed for students seeking evidence-- based instruction and focused training in the specialized areas of clinical exercise physiology, sport performance enhancement, and health & fitness promotion. Our strong faculty and rigorous curriculum will challenge you and prepare you to become leaders and innovators in the field. A variety of research interests are encouraged and we will help you focus your ideas to conduct relevant and meaningful studies. For those interested in cancer research, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program. Most importantly, we will mentor you throughout your educational experience to ensure that you grow personally and professionally.
We are here for you! We are excited to be part of your journey and we welcome you to the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.
Tom V. Darling, PhD Graduate Program Director
MS in Exercise & Sport Science
The Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science is designed for students seeking evidence--based instruction and focused training in the specialized areas of clinical exercise physiology, sport performance enhancement, and health & fitness promotion. The primary objective of advancing knowledge, skills, and abilities will prepare students for successful careers in the fields of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.
Curriculum (36 Hours)
All courses are taught in the evenings, welcoming both traditional and nontraditional students. A variety of research interests within the fields of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science are encouraged, with emphasis in the specialty areas of exercise physiology, sport performance, and health promotion. Students interested in cancer research will have the opportunity to participate in the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program.
Year 1: Fall Semester
3 credits Research Methods
3 credits Experimental Design in Exercise Science
3 credits Advanced Exercise Physiology
Year 1: Spring Semester
3 credits Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
3 credits Advanced Human Nutrition
3 credits Thesis/Project Preparation
Year 2: Fall Semester
3 credits Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
3 credits Advanced Concepts in Strength and Conditioning
3 credits Rehabilitative Exercise for Special Populations
Year 2: Spring Semester
3 credits Advanced Wellness Programming and Exercise Prescription
6 credits Master’s Thesis or Project in Exercise Science
Early applications and students meeting all requirements will receive admission priority. Students not meeting requirements will be considered and students may qualify for conditional or provisional admission, pending the total number of applications.
OCU graduate school acceptance
4-year accredited bachelor’s degree
24 credit hours in Exercise Science
3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale)
GRE (minimum dependent on GPA)
550 TOEFL (international students)
Application essay (500 words maximum)
2 letters of recommendation
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