Additional program requirements:
Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.
The Masters of Science in Health (MSH) in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) is a novel graduate degree to the state university system. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take seven exercise science and epidemiology core courses for a total of 24 credit hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with nine to 10 (one extra seminar credit for the advanced fitness professional focus) credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship/project or thesis. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance into the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 38 or 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.
Two distinct elective foci are available; however, the students may choose any electives they wish to satisfy the 38-credit MSH in ESCD requirement. The advanced fitness professional focus will prepare students to work in leadership positions in the health and fitness industry and clinical settings. The curriculum will provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the area(s) of health and fitness, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning and personal training. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) following completion of their degree. The research focus will begin to prepare students to become independent investigators by providing them with the skills necessary to conduct original research. Students will be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue the research curriculum.
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