Graduate Exercise Science Program

  • Male student doing pull ups in the weight room
  • Close up of Velotron bike
  • Equipment in the Exercise Lab showing two bikes and monitors.
  • Equipment in the Exercise Lab showing bikes, treadmill, monitors, and bike.

Exercise Science

The Master of Science Degree in exercise science requires students to complete a minimum of 30 hours of academic course work. The program allows students to elect from two degree-track options:

  1. A thesis track includes course work and research experiences that involve completing a thesis in an area related to exercise physiology and kinesiology.
  2. A non-thesis track that includes course work and experiences in preparation for a career in a clinical setting such as wellness/fitness, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and sports performance. 

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

    Official transcripts* can be sent by mail or electronically. Instructions can be found under “Help” on the application.

    *USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form found on the University Registrar's Office website.

    In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate programs.

  2. GPA Requirement: A minimum overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on the GPA used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned OR a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned.


    GPA Exception:
    Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and who do not have a qualifying GPA for admission may seek admission based on a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For the GRE, this standard is defined as having a score at the 50th percentile on all of the following subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. For the Miller Analogies Test, students must have a score at or above the 50th percentile based on the total group percentile rank score. For Alternative Class A programs, applicants must submit a qualifying alternate score on the Alabama-prescribed Praxis subject-area test.

  3. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application in WebAdmit.)

  4. Sufficient coursework in the major subject to qualify for graduate study in the involved discipline. Students with a deficiency in relevant coursework may be required to successfully complete additional prerequisite courses.

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Exercise Science Facilities

The Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Classrooms and Computer Lab are equipped with Smart Board® technology, projectors, and PCs with internet access.

The Molecular and Biochemistry Exercise Research Laboratory is equipped with a number of biochemistry analyzers that can assay muscle tissue and various substrates, hormones, and gene expression (e.g., microplate reader, electrophoresis, real-time PCR, etc.). This lab has the capacity to conduct a vast array of biochemical and molecular biology techniques used in exercise physiology and nutrition research.

 Molecular and Biochemistry Exercise Research Lab


The Human Performance Laboratory is the primary research and student clinical-learning setting for exercise physiology. This laboratory contains the necessary equipment to perform all the classical physiological measurements during exercise including a Sensor Medics metabolic cart for cardiopulmonary/ECG exercise testing, treadmills and several cycle ergometers for aerobic exercise testing, a Biodex™ Isokinetic Dynamometer and a Biodex™ Balance Assessment System, an AMTI™ force plate designed to measure forces and moments used in research and clinical studies looking at balance, gait, and sports performance. The lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hologic™ dual x-ray absorptiometer (DXA) for estimating body composition and bone density and Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA) measurements for the measurement of body composition and total body water.

The Department Weight-Room contains resistance exercise testing and training devices to test muscular strength and endurance with single-and multi-joint exercises and the Gymnasiums are available for class and lab instruction that provide students the opportunity to work with the latest exercise-related tests and equipment.

Contact

Dr. Neil Schwarz

Dr. Neil Schwarz

             Tel: (251) 460-6877                   neilschwarz@southalabama.edu


Dr. Sarah McKinley-Barnard

Dr. Sarah McKinley-Barnard

             Tel: (251) 461-1616                  sarahmckinkley@southalabama.edu


Dr. Geoffrey Hudson

Dr. Geoffrey Hudson

Tel: (251) 461-1620
ghudson@southalabama.edu

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