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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Exercise Science (EDP)
with a Concentration in Health and Wellness (EHW)

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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 (EDP)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PED214
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bill Campbell
Phone: 813-974-4766


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Program Information

Program Description
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 program offers three M.S. degrees: Exercise Science, Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health & Wellness.

Major Research Areas of Exercise Science Faculty
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:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: 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 listed below.
Program Admission Requirements

  • 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 program, 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


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program 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:

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

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.

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

College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

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