Exercise Science

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Graduate Catalog: Kinesiology

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Kinesiology

Graduate Director:
Dr. Dave Bacharach dwbacharach@stcloudstate.edu

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for clinical, corporate, industrial and higher education employment. The program has a strong emphasis in research, helping to prepare students for continued education in professional schools of medicine, doctoral programs, or research.

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science
  • Master of Science in Special Studies - Students interested in applied areas of exercise science may pursue a program of study focusing on their particular educational goals.

Two areas of emphasis are available:

  • Physiology - students focus on the study of the human body's responses and adaptations to physical activity.
  • Biomechanics - students focus on the study of forces acting on a body within its environment. 


Approximately one-third of the graduates are employed in clinics, one-third in private business and another third continue their education.

Admission Information

  • Please be aware that with the growing interest in the Exercise Science graduate program, admission to the program has become increasing competitive. You are encouraged to apply early for a fall semester start and also consider a spring semester start. 
  • Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received.
  • A student's letters of recommendation are weighted approximately 50 percent with the additional 50 percent from a combination of an applicant's GPA and GRE.
  • The M.S. in Exercise Science has closed applications for spring 2015 and fall 2015 due to faculty retirements.
  • The program may be able to accommodate applications for spring 2016.
  • Please contact Dr. Laura Finch for information on the status of the exercise science graduate program and to discuss the potential of candidacy before making application for spring 2016. 

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three to four semesters taking eight to 12 credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed for full-time and part-time students.
  • Students must expect to complete their course loads by enrolling mainly in daytime and evening courses.
  • Some classes are also available to be completed during summer sessions.
  • Part-time students are welcome to complete the program if they are able to do so without financial assistance from SCSU. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • All full-time students are guaranteed a minimum of a half assistantship for fall and spring semesters throughout the two-year program.
  • Graduate assistants work with adult fitness programs, conduct exercise evaluations, assist with research, work with undergraduate labs in exercise physiology, human physiology, biomechanics, and assist with the University's required fitness/wellness course.