Master of Science in exercise and sport science

The exercise and sport science degree provides a science-based curriculum for improving human performance and appropriate for a variety of graduate professional programs such as nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, athletic training or medical school. Students develop application skills for sport and fitness activities, assessment and evaluation of various populations and fitness levels, and human movement systems from subdisciplines of kinesiology.

Course requirements

A total of 30 credits are required, and admitted students are assigned to a faculty advisor to design a Plan of Work that includes a culminating experience.


Required Courses (15 credits)

Courses Cr. Hrs. Term/Year
KIN 5100 Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Physical Activity* 3 F
KIN 6300 Physiology of Exercise I* 3 F/W
KIN 6310 Physiology of Exercise II* 3 F/W
KIN 6320 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription* 3 F/W
KIN 7580 Biomechanical Analysis of Motor Activity 3 W
KIN 8530 Motor Learning (or KIN 5110 in Winter) 3 F
KIN 5523 Physical Activity & Exercise Psychology* 3 F/W

* Substitutions required if taken for undergraduate degree credit at WSU

Elective Courses with advisor approval 
(30 credits 15 required credits - culminating experience credit = Number of electives)

Culminating experience - one of the following:

Courses Cr. Hrs. Term/Year
KHS 8999 Master's Thesis Direction (need assigned advisor) 1-8 All terms
KHS 7999 Masters Essay and Project Direction 3 All terms
KHS 8750 Internship in KHS 3-8 All terms

Consult the current bulletin on for official course offerings and descriptions. Students must complete a minimum of 24 of the required 30 graduate credits at WSU, in the areas of kinesiology, health and sport studies.

Admission requirements

Admission to the M.S. program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must provide official transcripts showing they meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for regular admission
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 to 2.99 for qualified admission
  • No GRE required

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program

The Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program is available to academically strong students completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students to begin master's degree coursework while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Students have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.

For students whose undergraduate major is in Exercise and Sport Science, the AGRADE graduate program options are: Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; Health and Physical Education Teaching; and Sports Administration.


Patrick Mason
Assistant professor (teaching) and program coordinator

Primary Graduate Advisor for Exercise and Sport Science

Mario Vassallo
Assistant professor (teaching)

Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies

Phone: 313-577-4249