Master of Science in Health: Exercise Science and Chronic Disease

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. James Churilla

Graduate Program Director

(904) 620-1735

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 15

Applications are accepted for fall term only. The review process for admissions each fall term will begin June 1st. 

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and required documents before the June 15th 

deadline to ensure full consideration for admittance pending application review by the Program Director. 


Admission Requirements

University requirements:


  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.


Additional program requirements:


  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions


  • Official GRE scores (Institutional Code: 5490
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: 400 verbal, 500 quantitative 
    • After July 1, 2011: 146 verbal, 144 quantitative


  • Interview
    • A phone interview is available for applicants with extenuating circumstance


    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.



    For more information on how to apply click here.

    Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


    Program Overview

    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 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 45 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.


    Two distinct elective foci are available; however, the students may choose any electives they wish to satisfy the 45-credit MSH in ESCD requirement.


    The Exercise Physiology 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, and lifestyle coaching. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) following completion of their degree.


    The Physical Activity Epidemiology 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 Physical Activity Epidemiology focus and thesis option. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding.

    Special Notes about the Program The MSH program does not require a specific undergraduate major. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree prior to enrolling in graduate courses.
    Curriculum and Requirements Curriculum
    Total Program
    Credit Hours
    Approximate Enrollment 15-20