Master of Exercise Science Specialization (M.S.)

The Master of Exercise Science Specialization is designed for those students who are interested in an in-depth study of the effects of exercise on human physiology, how it relates to cardiovascular health and disease, neuromuscular activation and cell development. Many of these students go on to careers in strength and conditioning, medicine, biomechanics or sports cardiology research, or physical and occupational therapy.

A Master of Science degree in Exercise Science specializes in the areas of human performance, strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology. The faculty members are engaged in studies dealing with both basic and applied aspects of human performance. There are two track options for the degree in Exercise science. The Applied track requires the student to apply for a 6-hr credit Internship in the exercise science related field where the student must pass the ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist) Certification Exam for degree completion. The research track requires the student to complete a thesis and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal for degree completion.

Student of Biomechanics using motion monitor system

Top 5 Reasons to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Science

  1. Excellent preparation for PhD school and/or strength and conditioning coach
  2. Endorsed by National Strength and Conditioning Association
  3. Opportunities for participating in and conducting research and publication submission
  4. Small class sizes and one-on-one faculty mentorship
  5. Hands-on learning experiences in state of the art laboratories

Learn more about the M.S. in Exercise Science


The Exercise Science graduate degree at the University of West Florida Usha Kundu, MD College of Health provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to understand and be able to apply the scientific method of inquiry, develop sufficient writing skills to publish research in peer-reviewed journals and prepare students to seek employment or continue graduate work in exercise physiology or related discipline.

Program Overview

Program Overview

The Exercise Science Graduate program curriculum is endorsed by NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP). As a graduate student at UWF we expect students to get the nationally recognized certifications related to the field (National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). With those certifications students increase their chance of getting hired by 75% compared to students that do not have the above certifications.

For more specific information, visit the UWF Catalog.

Graduates will be able to pursue careers in, but not limited to:

      • Professional Sports Teams
      • Health/Medical Centers
      • Sports Medicine Clinics
      • S. Olympic Training Centers and Affiliated Sports Teams
      • Industrial/Corporate Fitness
      • Human Performance Facilities
      • Research Institutions and/or Doctoral Programs

The University of West Florida graduate Exercise Science program is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) education recognition program (ERP)


Graduate Assistant Opportunities


  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA >3.0
  • Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA >3.0

GA will very between 10-20 hrs per week of work at the lab or assisting a professor with research. Assistantships will generally cover 3-6 credit hours of courses per semester link to GA application (PDF)


  • 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


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 official test scores:  GRE Verbal and Quantitative Scores or MAT 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA >3.0
• Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA >3.0
• Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
• Submission of three Letters of Recommendation
• Work experience as reflected in a resume (only for graduate assistants)


Ludmila Cosio-Lima, Ph.D. - Program Director

Youngil Lee, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

Jeffery Simpson, Ph. D. - Assistant Professor

Lee Brown, Ph.D. - Adjunct instructor


Students that do not have an exercise science undergraduate degree are required to take the following undergraduate pre requisite courses:

      • APK 3110 and Lab (Exercise Physiology and Lab)
      • APK 4125 and Lab (Exercise Testing and Prescription and Lab)
      • APK 3220 and Lab (Biomechanical Basis of Movement and lab)
        or APK 4114C (Physiological Basis of Strength)

See the Exercise Science Requirements in the UWF catalog.

Forms and Bulletins


Please note: You cannot register yourself in an internship, capstone or field study. After your paperwork has been turned in and approved, the MSH office staff will send you an email regarding internship, capstone or field study to inform you to register.