Master of Science in Exercise Science 

The Exercise Science degree at Kennesaw State's Wellstar College is a scientifically based program designed for you as a competent, entry-level Exercise Science professional in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (abilities) learning domains.


As an exercise science major, you'll learn through hands-on experiences in laboratory, community, and healthcare settings. The Exercise Science degree is a diversified program that provides both introductory and advanced coursework, laboratory experiences and the opportunity for practical application of knowledge through community and research-based experiences.


You can also continue through postgraduate study in exercise science or other health-related disciplines, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical programs. In addition, the Exercise Science degree will prepare you for professional certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Associate and International Society for Sports Nutrition.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credit Hours: 30 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall, Spring

Time to Complete: Three-to-Four Semesters

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, July 1st
  • Spring, November 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in exercise science, sport management, or other relevant field from a nationally accredited institution with a major GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • Applicants from other disciplines or related fields will be considered for admission with evidence of foundational coursework related to the degree. Work experience in the field may provide sufficient background to permit entry into the program. 
  • International applicants are subject to the University’s requirements for admission. 
  • GRE is optional.
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program; the statement should be a maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced, that includes the following:
    • Your experience in the field, including volunteer experience.
    • Your reason(s) for choosing this degree program.
    • Your experience with research (if applicable).
    • Your career goals and how furthering your education with this degree will help you realize these goals.
  • Two references (preferably from academic sources). References should include both the rating form and a separate letter on letterhead; these items should be uploaded from each reference.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae is required and should include the following when applicable: education, experience (work and volunteer), certifications, professional affiliations, special skills related to the field, and research presentations/publications.
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Exercise Science Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Internships - Wellstar offers exercise science internships for Exercise Science students where you can elect to earn academic credit for internship experiences in the Major Field Elective area or the Free Elective area.

  • Hands-On – The KSU Exercise Science Physiology Laboratory is well-equipped to provide access to essential equipment. You'll be able to assess body composition, muscular fitness, neuromuscular function, aerobic capacity, metabolic function, and other relevant physical performance and health outcomes. You'll have the best experience in hands-on experiments such as microbiopsy, venipuncture, electrocardiography and air displacement plethysmography.

  • Enhanced Technology - Wellstar College has "smart" classrooms incorporating top-notch technology to make learning less complicated. 

What can you do with an Exercise Science Degree?

The Master of Exercise Science degree is a gateway to various professional career areas such as:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Kinesiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports Therapy
  • Activity Specialist
  • Anatomist
  • Athletic Director
  • Camp Director
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist

Exercise Science Degree Salary and Career Information

An exercise science degree will prepare you for exercise science jobs in corporate fitness programs, fitness centers, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation programs, strength and conditioning or personal training services and ergonomics.


Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management

Kennesaw State University
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Prillaman Health Sciences, Room 4025
Mail Drop #4104
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: 470-578-7600

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