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Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Master's Specialization in Exercise Science is designed for those students who are interested in an in-depth study of the effects of exercise on human physiology, how it relates to cardiovascular health and disease, neuromuscular activation and cell development.


A Master of Science degree in Exercise Science specializes in the areas of human performance, strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology. The faculty members are engaged in studies dealing with both basic and applied aspects of human performance. There are two track options for the degree in Exercise science. The Applied track requires the student to apply for a 6-hr credit Internship in the exercise science related field where the student must pass the ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist) Certification Exam for degree completion. The research track requires the student to complete a thesis and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal for degree completion.

The Exercise Science Graduate program curriculum is endorsed by NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP). As a graduate student at UWF we expect students to get the nationally recognized certifications related to the field (National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). With those certifications students increase their chance of getting hired by 75% compared to students that do not have the above certifications.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Seminar
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Physiology in Muscular Development
  • Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation
  • Applied Motor Learning/Control in Exercise Science
  • Preventative Health in the Aging Population
  • Elite Performance in Sports
  • Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Analysis of Human Movement

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

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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

                • Submission of one of the following graduate admission official test scores:  GRE Verbal and Quantitative Scores or MAT 
                • Undergraduate cumulative GPA >3.0
                • Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA >3.0
                • Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
                • Submission of three Letters of Recommendation
                • Work experience as reflected in a resume (only for graduate assistants)

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  1029 USD/credit
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 1029 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                • National

                  463 USD/credit
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 463 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                • In-State

                  369 USD/credit
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 369 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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                Living costs for Pensacola

                • 892 - 1480 USD/month
                  Living Costs

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