Accelerate your physical health career - get a master's degree in 5 years

You like working out, athletics, and overall physical wellness. In fact, you’d love a career that deals with all those elements. But you don’t want to be locked into one specific kind of career within the field of physical health (at least, not yet). Applied exercise science gives you the flexibility you’re looking for. It is broad enough to apply to a variety of areas and you can always use it in preparation for future doctoral studies. Most other programs train you for a very specific role; Applied Exercise Science gives you the foundational tools to fit a wide range of jobs and academic paths. So, what is this program in a nutshell? The study of human motion.

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Wellness/Fitness Director
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Program Overview

This accelerated program combines the 4-year exercise physiology undergraduate and 2-year applied exercise science Master's degree into 5 years total. The curriculum tab shows how students can enter graduate MAES courses in any year.

The main content of this program will revolve around exercise physiology, applied kinesiology, and how to apply this in an applied exercise science setting. Exercise physiology is the biology behind human functioning, while applied kinesiology is the mechanics of motion. Research will become one of your closest friends. Your goal in studying the research is to apply head knowledge toward enhancing physical performance, injury prevention, and the treatment/prevention of chronic disease.

What to Expect

As simple as it may seem to walk and exercise, the human body is miraculously complex. By selecting this program, you can anticipate gaining a thorough understanding of the science behind exercise. You'll broaden your exercise physiology and kinesiology knowledge in applied exercise settings and acquire applied neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory, and bioenergetics exercise science knowledge. During your time in the program, you'll discover functional assessment, training and conditioning, rehabilitation, and injury prevention in healthy and clinical populations.

Students will have the opportunity to obtain foundational exercise physiology knowledge and skills with a small teacher-student ratio. Throughout the 5 years, students will have additional opportunities to complete internships and research along with advancing exercise science knowledge and skills at the graduate level. A final written thesis or capstone project will provide the student with opportunities to disseminate research findings to the exercise science community.

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