A Big League Education with a Small College Feel
As of January 1, 2023, the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) has been merged with the Department of Recreation and Park Administration to form the Department of Parks, Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science (PRESS) within the College of Health Sciences at EKU. This merger is opening many new opportunities for all of our majors, increasing inter-professional collaborations to enhance student learning and experiences, and increased future employability. Whether you want to be in a healthcare professional (athletic trainer, recreational therapist, physical therapist), a fitness professional, or someone who impacts the health and wellness through sport or recreation, You Can Get There From Here!
Our degree programs prepare students with cutting edge theory combined with practical learning experiences taught by outstanding faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. Our graduates leave ready to make their mark as professionals because of the strong communication and critical thinking skills developed at EKU.
BS in Exercise & Sport Science: Set your sights on a career in one of these fields by completing a degree in Exercise & Sport Science in one of the concentrations below. For more information about each program below click on the degree program links on the left you are interested in.
BS in Sport Management: We are excited to have a 100% Online BS in Sport Management Program see link below for more inforamation on this online program. We still offer the traditional on-campus BS in Sport Management as well.
BS in Recreation and Parks Administration: A degree in Recreation and Park Administration creates pathways to multiple careers. Not only does the bachelor's degree provide students with professional content but focuses on applying those skills through service learning, community involvement and professional development.
MS in Recreation and Parks Administration: Further your professional knowledge and professional growth to further separate yourself from employment competion and prepare yourself to lead, address task variability and enhance employability.
Minors and Certificates: See the links below to explore our minors and certificates within PRESS. These programs allow current professionals, non-majors, and others to follow a specific curriculum that enhances professional knowledge and characteristics to broaden perspectives, build professional skills, and grow!
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (Select degree Option)
Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science
Bachelor & Master of Science in Recreation and Park Administration
Coaching Minor Requirements...................................................19 hrs
ESS 212, 301, 322, 383(1), 423; ESS 224 or 305; ESS 407 or 590
Current CPR certification required at the time of graduation.
Certificate in Coaching/Personal Training:
Certificate Requirements..................................................18-19 hrs
ESS 212, 301, 383(1), 423, 407; Select one class from ESS 261(2), 360(2),
361(2), 362(2), 420(2); one class from ESS 224, 305; EMC 104 (1) or CPR
certification. Current CPR required at the time of graduation.
Graduate Degree Programs
- Master of Science in Athletic Training - CAATE Accredited Professional Program. In January 2018 program recieved a 10 year award of re-accreditation by the CAATE with 0 (zero) non-compliances. Next, comprehensive site-visit will be in 2027-2028
- Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science with Concentratons in Exercise & Wellness and Sport Administration