M.S. in Human Performance: Exercise Science Emphasis

 Overview

The program provides graduate level courses designed to facilitate preparation for attainment of professional certifications in exercise science fields. The certifications include:

  • American College of Sports Medicine certifications (exercise specialist and health fitness instructor)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association certifications (strength and conditioning specialists)

Career Opportunities

This emphasis is specifically designed to prepare students as exercise physiologists or clinical exercise specialists. Career opportunities for the student choosing the exercise science emphasis exist in hospital, corporate, university, and wellness facilities.

Special Program Requirements

Students wishing to select the exercise science emphasis must have completed a baccalaureate degree in exercise science (or a related field), one course from either chemistry or biology, and additional undergraduate work in physiology and nutrition.

Lab and Practicum Experience

The exercise science emphasis offers several laboratory experiences designed to enhance students' knowledge of metabolic testing, electrocardiography, graded exercise testing, exercise prescription, and blood collection/analysis. Courses with laboratory content include HPR 601, 602, 701/701L, and 735.

Each student may also enroll in six hours of HPR 696 (Practicum). HPR 696 provides the master’s level student with opportunities for practical application of relevant theories in a professional field setting.

Program Plan

Links of Interest

Program Contact Information

Dr. Chris Boyd – Instructor

P: (601)-266-5651 Email: Joseph.Boyd@usm.edu Room: HPR 121

Last Updated: March 20, 2013