Master of Science in Exercise Science

Learn from experts in the field of Exercise Science and have the opportunity to participate in and conduct cutting-edge research.

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About this Program

The M.S. in Exercise Science explores current issues in applying exercise for weight management, cardiopulmonary health, maintaining functional movement across the lifespan, and enhancing athletic performance.

Graduates with a master's degree in exercise science enjoy long-term career flexibility, and can pursue multiple career paths including:

  • Health and wellness coaches in the community or corporate settings
  • Research scientists studying body and mind optimization
  • Strength and conditioning coaches for major sports teams
  • Clinical exercise scientists in state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics
  • Physical (PT) and Occupational (OT) therapists gaining knowledge about human movement before PT and OT school
  • Physicians obtaining research experience and knowledge of human physiology before medical school

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Master's Program

    Area of Study

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology


    2 years


    M.S. in Exercise Science

    Program Location




    Required Credit Hours


    Program Requirements and Application Process

    Find the program requirements for the MS in Exercise Science below. For more information, please see the graduate course catalog online.

    The masters in exercise science requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study.

    Students must take minimum of 12 hours of the core curriculum, 6 hours of supporting curriculum, 6 hours of research design and statistics, and either 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours of internship or 6 additional hours of adviser-approved elective course work as the capstone learning experience.

    Core Curriculum12 hours
    ES 609: Motor Behavior3
    ES 611: Exercise Physiology I3
    ES 614: Cardiovascular Physiology3
    ES 616: Exercise Physiology II3


    Supporting Curriculum6 hours
    ES 514: Applied EMG3
    ES 515: Stress and the Brain3
    ES 542: Sports Psychology3
    ES 548: Biomechanics of Injury3
    ES 608: Methods & Procedures of Graded Exercise Testing (core)3
    ES 612: Instrumentation and Analysis in Biomechanics3
    ES 613: Health Aspects of Physical Activity3
    ES 615: Physiological Aspects of Aging3
    ES 618: Advanced Muscle Physiology3
    ES 620: Selected Topics in Exercise Science3
    ES 644: Control of Human Movement3
    ES 651: Advanced Individual Study3
    ES 652: Advanced Individual Study3
    Any noncore course with adviser approval3


    Research and Statistics6 hours
    ES 625: Research Design and Evaluation3
    ES 626: Statistical Analysis I OR ES-511 Applied Statistics (adviser -approved)3


    Capstone Learning Requirement6 hours
    ES 610: Internship in Exercise Science6
    ES 697: Thesis6
    Adviser-approved elective course work6

    Applications for admissions to graduate programs must be submitted to the University of Mississippi Graduate School through the online application process. 

    Students must submit an online application through the Graduate School website. Complete online applications will include:

    • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement of career goals that details your objectives, motivation, and readiness to pursue graduate study.
    • Official GRE scores taken within 5 years of applying to the graduate program must be sent to the Graduate School.

      The minimum recomended GRE scores are:
      • 146 for verbal
      • 140 for quantitative
      • 3.0 for writing
    • Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree was obtained AND from institutions attended for any graduate work sent to the Graduate School.

      We recomend a cumulative grade-point average (last 60 hours) of 3.0 for admission into the Master’s program.

      Selection for admission requires a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline.
    • Resume or CV (optional)
    • Official English proficiency test scores for non-native English speakers must be sent to the graduate school.

      Submit one of the following accepted English proficiency tests within 2 years of applying to tohe graduate program:
      • TOEFL
      • IELTS
      • Pearson’s Test of Academic English

    Instructions for submitting application materials such as test scores and transcripts can be found on the Graduate School website.

    For questions about the submission process, contact the Graduate School.


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    What jobs can you get with a Masters in Exercise Science?

    • Personal Trainer
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
    • Kinesiologist
    • Massage Therapist
    • Exercise Physiologist
    • Fitness Center Manager
    • Athletic Director
    • Physical Therapy Assistant

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