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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Exercise Science (EDP)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 31.0505
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational and Psychological Studies Department (EXC)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PED214
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bill Campbell
Phone: 813-974-4766
Email: bcampbell@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/physed/Programs/progGEs.html


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Major Information

The M.S. in Exercise Science provides and in-depth study of applied human physiology and how it relates to athletic performance and health and wellness. The purpose of the program is to prepare fitness professionals that are equipped to meet the needs of adults in their pursuit of improved health and performance. Exercise science professionals work with adults in leadership positions in areas such as strength & conditioning, worksite health promotion, commercial and community fitness/wellness, hospital/clinical rehabilitation, personal fitness training, and sports performance. In addition, graduates of this program will have the educational background to pursue doctoral education and other advanced degree programs. The major offers three options: Exercise Science, Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health & Wellness.

Major Research Areas
Environmental and Occupational Health/Heat Stress
Legal Liability, Risk Management, and Fitness Safety
Physical Activity Behavior and Adherence
Psychobiology of Exercise
Sports Nutrition and Performance Enhancement
Strength & Conditioning

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring:
Summer:

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions)
as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent (please include career goals, any type of experience related to the field and/or research experience).

To be successful in this major, the following pre-requisite courses are recommended: Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology.

Admissions decisions are based on the following: GPA, relevant coursework, experience in the field, letter of intent, research experience, and letters of recommendation. Applicants should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 33 hours minimum

Core 7 hours
Concentration 12 hours
Non-thesis 14 hours electives
Thesis 11 hours electives, 3 hours thesis

Core - 7 hours minimum
EDF 6407 (4) Statistical Analysis
PET 6536 (3) Research Methods in Exercise Science

Concentrations - 12 hours minimum
Students select from the following options:

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (12)
PET 6098 (3) Topics in Strength and Conditioning
APK 6116 (3) Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
PET 6367 (3) Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
PET 6389 (3) Fitness Assessment and Prescription

HEALTH AND WELLNESS (12)
PET 6003 (3) Theories and Models of Health and Physical Activity
APK 6109 (3) Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise Physiology
PET 6388 (3) Physical Activity, Health and Disease
PET 6389 (3) Fitness Assessment and Prescription

Electives -11 hours minimum
14 hours minimum (non-thesis students) or 11 hours minimum (thesis students)
Electives can be selected from the following, or other graduate course as approved by the faculty advisor and graduate program coordinator.
APK 6109 (3) Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise Physiology
APK 6116 (3) Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology
APK 6406 (3) Psychology of Exercise
PET 6081 (3) Lifespan Fitness
PET 6216 (3) Sport Psychology
PET 6003 (3) Theories and Models of Health and Physical Activity
PET 6098 (3) Topics in Strength & Conditioning
PET 6256 (3) Sport in Society
PET 6367 (3) Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
PET 6388 (3) Physical Activity, Health and Disease
PET 6494 (3) Legal Aspects of Physical Activity
PET 6906 (1-6) Independent Study
PET 6910 (1-4) Research Project
PET 6947 (1-6) Internship in Exercise Science
PET 6971 (1-5) Thesis: Physical Education

Comprehensive Exam
A comprehensive exam is required. For students in the thesis option, the thesis serves in lieu of the comprehensive exam.

Thesis - 3 hours minimum
PET 6971 (1-5) Thesis: Physical Education
Thesis is not required but considered as elective hours for those who select to do a thesis. Students interested in registering for thesis credit must have the approval of a faculty member that agrees to serve as the thesis chairperson.

Non-Thesis
Students in the non-thesis option take an additional 3 hours of electives


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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