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Sports and Exercise Sciences Graduate Program

Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Major in Sports and Exercise Sciences (Major Code: 5449 )

 

The Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences graduate program offers a Master of Science degree with specific tracks in Exercise Science and Sport Management. The thesis and non-thesis option is available in each track. These programs provide students academic preparation for goals ranging from career employment to doctoral studies. Areas of focus available include  sport administration, sport management , sport performance analysis, corporate fitness and wellness, and physiological testing and prescription. Each track includes a required department four course core, and track specific required coursework.

Graduate Program Admittance Criteria

 Admit
GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate degree and scoring at the 25th percentile or better in both the verbal and analytical writing sections of the GRE.
 
Alternative Admit
GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 in undergraduate degree program showing progressive improvement in GPA from junior year on with subjective assessment of upper division coursework and coursework in the major, and scoring at the 30th percentile or better in both sections of the GRE.
 
Reviewed Admit
Same as alternative admit but allowing for a weakness in one of the two areas of the GRE such that there would be at least the 30th percentile in one section and no less than the 21st percentile in the other. As the name of the category implies, this student would require a graduate faculty review before being admitted to the program.
 
Admission Process 
 For admittance to the program, the student must provide the following to the coordinator of the graduate program;
  • GRE scores
  • Transcript (copy ok) of all undergraduate coursework 
  • Letter of introduction addressing your interest in the program, your academic and professional goals while in the program, and giving identity to the program focus of your choice.
Interdisciplinary Studies (5143)
Interdisciplinary Studies (5143) students selecting department coursework also must meet the criteria delineated above.

Program Requirements

Departmental Core Requirements:
SES 6327 - Sociological Analysis of Sport
SES 6331 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport
SES 6311 - Research Techniques
SES 6351 - Trends/Issues in Sports and Exercise Sciences
 
Exercise Science Emphasis  (Thesis / Non-Thesis Option)
Additional 24 semester hours in 6300-level or above courses which must include SES 6321, 6341, 6344, 6397.  Students will also be required to pass departmental required comprehensive examination.  Students electing to complete the thesis option will be required to successfully complete the departmental comprehensive examination as well as thesis proposal and defense.
 
 Sport Management Emphasis (Thesis / Non-Thesis Option)
Additional 24 semester hours in 6300-level or above courses which must include SES 6323, 6329, 6330 and 6398.  Students will also be required to pass departmental required comprehensive examination.  Students electing to complete the thesis option will be required to successfully complete the departmental comprehensive examination as well as thesis proposal and defense.
 
Post Admission Requirements
Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain a grade of at least a B in all courses. A grade of C in any course requirese a retake of that course.
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