Graduate Degrees

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) DEGREE

The HES Department offers three unique Master of Science (MS) degree options that are designed to address student interests and goals. These include two research-based MS degree options (one in Exercise Physiology and the other in Health Promotion) that are designed to prepare students for entry into doctoral study. We also offer a hybrid MS degree option in Health and Exercise Science, which is a combination of Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion curricula designed for students who plan to enter the field immediately after degree completion. Students enrolling in the MS degree program must complete a minimum of 30 (Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion) or 32 (Health & Exercise Science) graduate credit hours. This includes hours in Health Promotion and/or Exercise Physiology coursework within the HES Department and several graduate electives from other departments.

Each area of study requires a basic core of graded courses, an area of electives related to the specific degree (approved by the student’s adviser), and completion of a research requirement. For the Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion MS research-based degree options, the research requirement involves a minimum of twelve credit hours, including HES 5953, a graduate course in statistics, and satisfactory defense of a thesis (HES 5980). For the Health and Exercise Science option, a student may elect a thesis or non-thesis program of study. The thesis option requires a minimum of 28 hours of coursework in addition to 4 hours of thesis credit and satisfactory defense of a thesis (HES 5980). The nonthesis option requires the completion of a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, plus two credit hours of an approved research experience (HES 5940) under faculty supervision and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination.

 

MS DEGREE OPTIONS

Exercise Physiology
The MS degree program in Exercise Physiology is a disciplinary program integrating course work from a range of research areas in applied exercise physiology, which is designed to prepare students for doctoral training and research in these areas. Core: HES 5823, 5833, and 5853. In addition to this disciplinary core, students must complete a 12-hour research core, and 9 graduate elective hours.

MS Exercise Physiology Degree Sheet

Health Promotion
The MS degree program in Health Promotion is a disciplinary program integrating course work from a range of research areas in health education/health promotion, which is designed to prepare students for doctoral training and research in these areas. Core: HES 5523, 5563, and 5553. In addition to this disciplinary core, students must complete a 12-hour research core, and 9 graduate elective hours.

MS Health Promotion Degree Sheet

Health and Exercise Science
The MS degree program in Health and Exercise Science is an interdisciplinary, hybrid program integrating health education/health promotion, applied exercise physiology, and nutrition, which is designed to prepare students for health/fitness professions, working in a variety of settings. Core: HES 5523 OR 5563 and HES 5823 OR 5853. In addition to this interdisciplinary core, students must complete an 8-10 hour research core, and 16-18 graduate elective hours.

MS Health and Exercise Science Degree Sheet

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) DEGREE OPTIONS

The doctoral degree (PhD) options in either Exercise Physiology or Health Promotion are awarded for excellence in research scholarship in combination with successful completion of an approved program of study consisting of coursework within and external to the Department of Health and Exercise Science. It signifies the attainment of independently acquired and comprehensive learning which evidences general professional competence. A doctoral student should, under normal conditions, spend at least the equivalent of five full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree. During this period the student shall take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the General Oral and Written Examination, and submit and successfully defend the results of original research as a dissertation. The total number of hours, combining both formal courses and hours of research, for the doctoral degree will be at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours including the credit hours required to gain proficiency in the tools of research. Departmental requirements will conform to University policies in the following areas: (1) residency requirements, (2) limitations to the number of 3000/4000 level courses that may be applied to the degree, (3) transfer credit, (4) time limitations, (5) general examination, (6) use of human subjects/animals in research, and (7) completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation.

PhD Exercise Physiology Degree Sheet
PhD Health Promotion Degree Sheet