Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, MS

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Contact Information

Phone:  (470) 578-7600

Program Description

The Master of Science in Exercise Science is a 30 semester hour graduate study program in kinesiology and applied exercise science that offers a core in Exercise Physiology. Students focus on the physiological responses/adaptations to exercise through laboratory-based activities and exposure to research investigation. Students will benefit from a curriculum suited for many employment opportunities including clinical settings, strength and conditioning, fitness and wellness related fields, and research.  The program features a choice among three capstone experiences: 1) Master’s Thesis, 2) Master’s Project, or 3) Administrative Field Experience. 

The program is delivered in a state-of-the-art Health Sciences building that provides study areas, computer labs, a graduate lounge, and private group meeting areas for students. There is a 6,250 square foot Exercise Science laboratory complex which includes a Biomechanics lab, Exercise Physiology lab (instructional area and four independent research spaces), and research offices. Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship opportunities are available but competitive. Graduate Assistants work with individual faculty members in research labs and/or assist with course instruction.

Admission Requirement

The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions  requirements.

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in exercise science, sport management, or other relevant field from a nationally accredited institution with a major GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • Applicants from other disciplines or related fields will be considered for admission with evidence of foundational coursework related to the degree. Work experience in the field may provide sufficient background to permit entry into the program. 
  • International applicants are subject to the University’s requirements for admission. 
  • GRE is optional.
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program; the statement should be a maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced, that includes the following:
    • Your experience in the field, including volunteer experience.
    • Your reason(s) for choosing this degree program.
    • Your experience with research (if applicable).
    • Your career goals and how furthering your education with this degree will help you realize these goals.
  • Two references (preferably from academic sources). References should include both the rating form and a separate letter on letterhead; these items should be uploaded from each reference.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae is required and should include the following when applicable: education, experience (work and volunteer), certifications, professional affiliations, special skills related to the field, and research presentations/publications.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Currently there are no exceptions to the admission requirements.

Transfer Credit

A student may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from other nationally accredited institutions. To be transferred, coursework from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State University’s MS in Exercise Science curriculum. The student must provide a course description and syllabus for consideration and the amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the program director. A minimum grade of “B” must have been received in the course and the course work must be no more than five years old. See the graduate program coordinator to begin the transfer process. 

Petition to Graduate

Candidates of MS in Exercise Science must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section in Academic Policies 

Program of Study

The Master of Science with a major in Exercise Science program is offered in a traditional model of curriculum instruction over four consecutive semesters beginning each fall semester. Most program classes will be scheduled in late afternoons and early evenings to allow working professionals to pursue advanced preparation with minimum disruption to ongoing career commitments. The curriculum is comprised of 30 semester hours divided into a core, approved electives, and a capstone experience.

Students admitted to the program will work closely with the Graduate Program Director to develop their program of study. Any changes to the program of study must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

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