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Become a leader in the fields of exercise science and sports coaching with a master's degree from UWF. Guide your athletes, students, and clients to achieve their athletic or performance goals.

Why Study Movement Sciences & Health at UWF?

In our master's programs, you will begin to understand the ways in which exercise is not only tied to improved fitness and athletic performance but also to physical and psychological health.

The M.S. in Movement Sciences & Health offers two specializations: Exercise Science, and Physical Education and Sports Performance.

The perfect combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience will prepare you to succeed in the workplace. Additionally, you will build a professional network that provides mentoring related to career options within your profession, potential employment opportunities, and furthering your graduate education.

What You Will Learn

You will be guided through the curriculum by faculty who are dedicated to your individualized learning. They will get to know you and work closely with you to achieve your professional goals.

The program is based heavily on hands-on experiences where you will have the opportunity to utilize a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories, research tools and equipment.

In the Exercise Science specialization, you are prepared to successfully acquire nationally recognized certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

In the Physical Education and Sports Performance specialization, you will learn how to lead individuals in various physical activity settings, including education, sports, fitness, wellness and health. You will examine, evaluate and apply research on skill development and learning in physical education, coaching and physical activity.

Specializations

The Exercise Science specialization emphasizes in-depth study in the areas of human performance, strength and conditioning, and clinical exercise physiology. The faculty members are engaged in research in the basic and applied aspects of human performance. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on applied exercise physiology that requires a capstone internship experience or concentrate on research and complete a thesis. This specialization is offered in-person only.

The UWF graduate Exercise Science Program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Laboratories

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Athletic Training Skills
  • Sports Medicine & Neuromechanics
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Exercise Physiology
  • Dual-energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Health & Physical Activity
  • Sports Cardiology 

Exercise Science Courses

The online-only Physical Education and Sports Performance specialization emphasize the applied study of physical activity promotion and performance in both the K-12 and community settings. You can choose either a thesis or a final project.

Physical Education and Sports Performance Courses

Interested in our online program?

We offer the Physical Education and Sports Performance specialization online. You will learn how to lead individuals in various physical activity settings, including education, sports, fitness, wellness and health. 

Visit Online Health, Leisure & Exercise Science M.S.

Careers & Outcomes

You will find UWF alumni across a wide range of exciting jobs and influential positions. Physical Education and Sports Performance graduates often work in education, sports, fitness, wellness and health. The exercise science specialization is excellent preparation for a PhD program or professional degree or work as a strength and conditioning coach, or in a medical/clinical setting. Below are common job titles for our graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Fitness Trainer and Instructor
  • Wellness Director
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Scout
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Health and Wellness Product Sales Representative
  • ECG Technician
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist

Employers


  • EXOS Athletes’ Performance Institute
  • NCAA Athletics Programs
  • Sacred Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • UConn's Korey Stringer Institute
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • U.S. Olympic Training Centers and Affiliated Sports Teams
  • Industrial/Corporate Fitness
  • K-12 School Districts

Exercise science students stretch innovation beyond the classroom

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted UWF to transition to remote instruction, exercise science students adapted their training programs to new formats.

Additional Information

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the Department of Movement Sciences and Health bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Undergraduate institutional GPA
  • Undergraduate senior year/major GPA
  • Academic preparation as demonstrated by undergraduate degree major
  • Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to this program and associated career goals
  • Submission of a list of three references that includes names, title, and contact information
  • Work experience as reflected in a résumé

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Health, Leisure & Exercise Science program.

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