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MS in Exercise & Sport Science

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science

Eastern Kentucky University offers a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science degree with two concentrations: Exercise and Wellness and Sports Administration. Any student who has completed a bachelor’s degree from EKU or a regionally accredited four-year institution and completed the admission requirements is eligible for consideration into the EKU MS ESS program.

The MS in ESS can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Each concentration requires 30 credit hours for completion. Full-time graduate students in the Sports Administration and Exercise and Wellness options typically take three or four courses in each of the Fall and Spring semesters and complete their program with an internship, an online seminar class and the capstone in the summer. The Exercise and Wellness Concentration includes the option of a thesis or an internship. The program may be pursued on a part-time basis by teachers or professionals already working in the field. The Graduate Coordinator will work with students to develop their program of study.

Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the of the Eastern Kentucky University MS in Exercise and Sport Science is to prepare graduate students to become practitioners with a solid foundation of knowledge and theory as well as practical application in the fields of exercise, fitness, wellness, sports administration and strength and conditioning. The program will prepare students the foundation skills for future certifications or pursue advanced degrees.

Program Objectives and Goals:

Graduates of the EKU MS in Exercise and Sport Science will demonstrate professional qualities to pursue employment and/or further education in sports administration, strength and conditioning and other fitness and wellness related fields.

Graduates will demonstrate professional qualities and critical thinking skills essential to professionals in sports administration, strength and conditioning and other fitness and wellness related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes for EKU MS in ESS Program include the following:

  • Integrate major concepts, theoretical perspectives and practical application of exercise and wellness; sports administration or strength and conditioning methods.
  • Demonstrate skills in foundational knowledge, contextually appropriate skill sets and professional level characteristics to entry-level positions.
  • Use critical and creative skills when thinking about, critiquing, and applying methods of practice in exercise and wellness; sports administration or strength and conditioning.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. Additional requirements established by the program are as follows:

Applicants who do not meet the EKU Graduate School GPA requirement for admission must submit official GRE scores to be considered for Probationary Admission.  Expected target scores on the GRE for Probationary Admission are 147 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5.

Explanation of preparation materials

Admission into the Master of Science degree program in Exercise and Sport Science requires demonstration of adequate undergraduate preparation in a field related to graduate study in Exercise and Sport Science. Adequate preparation may be demonstrated in two ways:

1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a major or minor or equivalent in physical education/exercise sport science or similarly named major or related discipline. Transcripts serve as adequate documentation for admission and should be uploaded on the online application.

2. Submission of a cover letter, resume and professional and professional narrative, which includes evidence of career goals, academic and experiential preparation. Students must submit relevant documents with their original online application for admission to the Graduate School.

  • Students complete 30 credit hours to earn the Master of Science degree.

  • The program may be completed in three semesters or one calendar year if pursued full-time.

  • A maximum of 9 hours of 700 level courses is permitted.

  • A thesis is not required in the program.

Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Heather Adams (

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