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Exercise Science (MSE), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #372 (QS) , KS,
The Master's in Exercise Science* at the University of Kansas School of Education consists of 30 (or 36) credit hours. The M.S.E. requires a minimum of thirty graduate semester hours for a thesis option and thirty-six graduate semester hours for a non-thesis option for each respective specialization in HSES. A 3.00 Grade Point Average must be maintained throughout the program of study.


Three (3)-credit hours outside of HSES

The outside course may be taken from any graduate level course offered by the university or it can be a course within the HSES department but outside of the specialized area of study. Note: At least 20 semester hours of the MSE degree must be completed in courses meeting at regularly scheduled times (not by appointment). Ten semester hours of these regularly scheduled courses must be taken in the Department of HSES.

Master's Thesis

Students conducting research, which generates new and original data, will enroll in HSES 899 Master's Thesis. Students who apply for the Master's Thesis option, must be accepted by a faculty member in the specialization area to be admitted. This faculty member will serve as the student's thesis advisor who will also serve as chair of the three-faculty member thesis committee. The student must present a formal research proposal and later defend the results in a final oral examination of the thesis. The student may enroll in any combination of thesis hours in any number of semesters; (e.g. 2-2-2, 3-3, 1-4-1, 1-5, etc) and must be enrolled during the semester when they defend the thesis and complete the degree.

Comprehensive Written Exam

Those students who select the non-thesis option will be required to take and pass the 4.5-hour written comprehensive examination given in their last semester of course work. The student's faculty advisor in consultation with the student will decide which faculty members will write the questions for each of the different areas. The student must pass all parts of the examination in order to receive a passing score. Comprehensive exams are graded pass or fail. Failed portions of the exam may be retaken after consultation with the faculty member.

An application form to request to take the examination must be filed with the HSES Graduate Secretary in 104 Robinson within the first three weeks of the semester the student will write. Examinations will be given every Fall (October), Spring (April), and Summer (July). The student must be enrolled in at least one, but not more than six, graduate hours at the University of Kansas during the semester the examination taken.


Officially accredited/recognized by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, University of Kansas (KU) is a very large (enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Kansas (KU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Understanding Research in Education 
  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Lab Experiments & Analysis – Ex Phys
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology 
  • Skeletal Muscle Physiology
  • Exercise and the Cardiovascular System 
  • Biochemistry of Exercise 
  • Field Experience in Exercise Science 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Apply before March 15 to begin in the Fall Semester
    (January 15 for GRA/GTA consideration)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Regular admission requires a bachelor’s degree and a grade-point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited institution, like KU, or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor’s degree requirements.  
  • If you are an international applicant, we strongly encouraged you to complete the application process well in advance of these deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related paperwork. The graduate admissions committee will make selections when all support documents have been received.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    977 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 977 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    977 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 977 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    420 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 420 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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