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Master’s in Applied Exercise Science

The MS in Health and Human Performance, option in Applied Exercise Science studies how human movement improves overall physical health and fitness. Our master’s students strive to advance health, physical activity and sport performance through relevant clinical- and performance-based research and instruction. Graduates go on to earn their doctorate degree at reputable institutions across the country or obtain professional employment within the areas of applied health and strength and conditioning.


This 36-credit hour program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and includes the following core courses:


  • Legal Aspects of Health & Human Performance and Leisure
  • Current Readings in Health
  • Introductory Statistics of Kinesiology, Applied Health & Recreation
  • Elementary Statistical Methods in Education
  • Research Design & Methodology 
  • Stress Testing & Prescription
  • Bioenergetics

Research and Faculty

Our mission is to perform high-quality research that is both innovative and impactful. Our labs use state-of-the-art technology to investigate physiological changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease and more. Research areas include:

 Faculty and students in the lab

  • Motor control
  • Proprioception
  • Sensory-motor integration
  • Muscle hypertrophy & atrophy
  • Exercise prescription & training methodologies
  • Athletic or military performance
  • Brain behavior & plasticity
  • Muscle quality
  • Nutrition & dietary supplementation


Meet our departmental faculty



Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester.


To apply to the MS Health and Human Performance, option in Applied Exercise Science program, complete the following: 


  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 


Cost & Assistance

Full-time students may be eligible for graduate assistantships, either as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). These positions are highly competitive and typically awarded in the spring semester. Those granted assistantships are eligible to receive a tuition waiver, health insurance and stipend. Please contact for more information. 

Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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