Master of Science in Exercise Science

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Master of Science in Exercise Science

The Master of Science in Exercise Science is designed to provide professional educational opportunities to interested students, health service professionals, teachers, researchers, corporate wellness/fitness coordinators, and sport/athletic management personnel throughout Arkansas and the nation.

These professionals will be employed in a variety of venues, including education settings, health care institutions, private health clinics, rehabilitation centers, businesses, fitness and wellness programs, athletic teams, and sport/athletic facilities. Students will have the opportunity to improve their intellectual and professional skills through advanced classroom instruction, participation in behavioral research, and community service learning activities.

Admission Requirements

The following materials should be submitted to the UALR Graduate School when applying to the program:

  • Undergraduate transcript(s). Applicants are expected to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A 3.0 grade point average is generally expected.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applicants are required to take the GRE General Test resulting in a minimum score at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Reference letters. Applicants should obtain three letters of reference from college professors or individuals familiar with their academic work. Applicants should ask each writer of a reference letter to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, and sign across the seal. Applicants should collect the sealed reference letters and forward them to the UALR Graduate School.
  • Letter of intent. Each applicant must submit a letter of intent describing the field or specialty within Health, Human Performance, and Sport Management for which training is sought and describing how the proposed training relates to the student’s career goals. Letters are not to exceed 500 words.

Applicants for admission to the M.S. in Exercise Science program are evaluated on a competitive basis by the faculty, and acceptance is conferred to the most qualified applicants. Fulfilling admission requirements is necessary to be considered for admission but in no way guarantees acceptance into the program. Students may be admitted in one of the admission status categories outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Application for admission should be received by the UALR Graduate School by March 15 for students anticipating fall matriculation and October 15 for spring matriculation in order to get full consideration for admittance. Applications received after these dates will be considered as long as program openings remain available. Students who do not meet the above requirements for admission may apply for a faculty review of their qualifications.

Transfer Credit

Subject to faculty approval, a combined maximum of 12 semester credit hours of transfer credit and/or credit taken as a special student may be applied to the degree. Successful completion of course work taken as a special student does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


Program Requirements

Master of Science in Exercise Science students must complete a total of 36 credit hours.

Core Courses (6 hours):

HHPS 7301 Research Methods in Health Sciences
HHPS 7302 Basic Statistics in Health Sciences

Exercise Science Requirements (24 hours):

HHPS 7313 Advanced Statistics in HHPS
HHPS 7321 Advanced Motor Learning
HHPS 7323 Biomechanics
HHPS 7324 Advanced Exercise Physiology
HHPS 7325 Sports and Exercise Nutrition
HHPS 7326 Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
HHPS 7327 Neuromechanics
HHPS 3 hour elective

Project or Thesis (6 hours):

HHPS 7698 Project Preparation or
HHPS 7699 Thesis Preparation


Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 36 hours of approved courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis or project.


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