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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The MS in Athletic Training program is a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited professional program, for individuals pursuing a career and certification by by the Board of Certification as an Athletic Trainer. Please visit the MS in AT programs webpage for information on all admission and application requirements, as this is an allied health care professional licensing and certification program. 

The admission criteria for this program can be found on the MS in AT Program website and in the MS in AT Program Handbook.  Please direct any questons to the MS in AT Program Director: Mathew Sabin, PhD, ATC .

Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science

The Master's degree in Exercise & Sport Science offers an emphasis in two concentrations: Sports Administration & Exercise and Wellness. Each option requires 30 credit hours for completion. Full-time graduate students in the Sports Administration and Exercise and Wellness options typically take four courses in each of the Fall and Spring semesters and complete their program with an internship in the summer. 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.

Information and Requirements: 


Admission into the Master of Science program in Exercise & Sport Science requires completion of a baccalaureate degree in exercise science, physical education or in a field related to graduate study in sport administration (e.g., business, marketing, sociology) or exercise and wellness (e.g. nutrition, health). Transcripts serve as documentation for admission.

Admission Requirements (For All MS in ESS in Programs):

NOTE: Online applications should be submitted to EKU gradschool online

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:

1. Bachelor’s degree in a related field

2. Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA

3. Two letters of reference uploaded directly to the EKU Graduate School application

4. Submission of a cover letter, resume and professional narrative

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 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.

Total Requirements: 30 hours

  • *A maximum of nine hours of 700 level course works is allowed.


The program has a rolling deadline. 


  • The thesis is optional in this program with the Exercise and Wellness concentration.


All prospective graduate assistants must apply through EKU HR. 

PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualified students each academic year. Typically, most GA positions begin in the Fall semester and continue through the Spring semester. Some GA positions may be available to begin in the Spring semester. Graduate teaching assistants work approximately 20 hours per week teaching physical activity courses or laboratory activities and working as a faculty aid. Graduate Assistantships provide students a stipend of $5,600 per semester and a partial waiver of six credit hours.

Graduate Links:

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Heather Adams
Department of Exercise & Sport Science
Eastern Kentucky University
224 Moberly, 521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
859.622.1898 - office
859.622.1254 - fax


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