Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, M.S.

The graduate programs in the Department of Health, Leisure, & Exercise Science prepare qualified professionals to obtain graduate degrees (M.S.) with specialization in Exercise Science or Physical Education.


Exercise Science
Exercise Science specializes in the areas of human performance, fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and wellness. The faculty members are engaged in studies dealing with both basic and applied aspects of human performance, aiming to advance the basic knowledge related to human performance as well as solve problems for the population.

Physical Education
The Physical Education specialization consists of a new “executive” style masters program that is specifically designed for those individuals who want to remain active in the physical education classroom while they complete their graduate degree. Students in this program will only be required to be on campus for an intensive three-week session during two summers. The remainder of their coursework will be completed from their homes. This will allow the student the opportunity to use the information they are learning in their program. Because of the unique nature and intense focus of this program, only a small cohort of students will be admitted each year. As a result, each student will receive the direct attention and gain the knowledge and skills that he or she needs to become a leader in the field of physical education.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission test scores: GRE or MAT 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Undergraduate senior year / major GPA 
• Academic preparation as demonstrated by undergraduate degree major 
• Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
• Submission of three Recommendation Forms (PDF) 
• Certifications (ACSM, NSCA, ACE, AFA) - for Exercise Science specialization only 
• Evidence of appropriate teaching certifications - for Physical Education specialization only 
• Work experience as reflected in a resume


Department Contact

Dr. John Todorovich
Chair, Department of Exercise Science and Community Heath

Phone: (850) 473-7248

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