Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Graduate (MS) Program

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The Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion (ESHP) offers an interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in three different tracks: Exercise Physiology; Health Promotion; Strength & Conditioning. The Health Promotion track is now offered as a fully online program. See Graduate Student Brochure below for required coursework for each respective track. ESHP students who successfully complete the recommended course work will receive a Master of Science (MS) degree.

The program is designed to prepare students for continued research and doctoral studies or advanced careers in corporate, commercial, clinical, and/or community physical fitness and health promotion.

Please Note: All new graduate students MUST complete Form 6 (plan of study contract) their first semester of admission into the ESHP graduate program. These forms can be located below under each respective Master's Track (Exercise Physiology; Health Promotion; Strength & Conditioning).

Graduate FAQ

Q. Why an ESHP Masters degree from FAU?
A. One only has to look at our staff to realize the type of preparation a graduate from FAU's ESHP program will receive. Nowhere in South Florida will you find a group of health and exercise professionals that are more knowledgeable in the field of Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
Q. What will the ESHP Masters program prepare me to do?
A. The ESHP Masters program is designed to prepare its graduates for advanced positions in clinical, health, and fitness settings. The FAU ESHP program also places a strong emphasis on research and advanced studies.
Q. Will I be given credit for prior course work and life experience?
A. Yes, equivalent course work at other recognized institutions.
Q. How long does the ESHP Masters program take to complete?
A. On a full-time basis, the ESHP Masters degree program will take a minimum of three (3) semesters for the non-thesis and possibly longer for those who choose extended thesis projects. Most students complete the degree within two years.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must complete all College of Education and FAU requirements.
  2. Any applicant seeking admission to the M.S. program in ESHP must have:
    1. An undergraduate GPA >3.0: GRE test score of 141 (verbal), 141 (quantitative), and 3.5 (analytical writing score).

      OR
    2. An undergraduate GPA <3.0: GRE test score of 146 (verbal), 146 (quantitative), and 4 (analytical writing score).

Degree Requirements

Program completion criteria for the MS degree program:

Students who complete all required work in the ESHP program will be awarded a M.S. degree. To be eligible for graduation the student must:

  1. Satisfy all University, College, and Department requirements.
  2. Complete at least 18 semester credit hours in courses open only to graduate students and achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 on all ESHP graduate work attempted. (Individuals without an undergraduate degree in ESHP must complete the ESHP core courses and science prerequisites with a "C" or better in each course.)
  3. Complete an approved program of study and satisfactorily complete all exit assessments.
  4. Complete the research and statistics core satisfactorily.
  5. Be recommended for graduation by the faculty of the ESHP Department and College of Education.

Graduate students are required to have current CPR certification (Advanced First Aid HSC 3406). These other classes are strongly recommended, but not required. One may have a difficult time without this background.

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Prerequisites For ESHP Masters Degree Students With Non Exercise Science & Health Promotion Undergraduate Degree

Students with "non ESHP" undergraduate degrees, who desire to pursue a Masters degree in FAU's ESHP program, must complete some specific undergraduate prerequisites.

Exercise Physiology Track

Prerequisites
Course #
Title
Credits
APK 4110 Exercise Physiology
3
APK4110L Exercise Physiology Lab
1
PET 3361 Nutrition in Health & Exercise
3
PET 4330 Kinesiology
4
PET 4551 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
3
PET 4550 Exercise Testing
3
PET 4550L Exercise Testing Lab
1
 
  Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (optional)
4
  Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (optional)
4
   
Note: Graduate students are required to have a current CPR card  

Exercise Physiology Track: Worksheet

Students MUST complete Form 6: Graduate Contracts in their respective track: Exercise Physiology Track

Health Promotion Track

New Online! Master of Science Degree - Health Promotion Track: Postcard

Prerequisites
Course #
Title
Credits
APK 4110 Exercise Physiology
3
APK 4110L Exercise Physiology Lab
1
PSY 1012 General Psychology
3
STA 2023 Social Statistics
3
HSC 3102 Perspectives in Health & Wellness (or)
3
HSC 4581 Health Promotion (or above course)
3
PET 4551 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
3
 
  Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (optional)
4
  Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (optional)
4
   
Note: Graduate students are required to have a current CPR card  

Health Promotion Track: Worksheet

Students MUST complete Form 6: Graduate Contracts in their respective track: Health Promotion Track

Strength & Conditioning Track

Prerequisites
Course # Title
Credits
APK 4110 Exercise Physiology
3
APK 4110L Exercise Physiology Lab
1
PET 3136 Exercise Leadership II
3
PET 3361 Nutrition in Health & Exercise
3
PET 4330 Kinesiology
4
PET 4551 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
3
PET 4550 Exercise Testing
3
PET 4550L Exercise Testing Lab
1
 
  Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (optional)
4
  Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (optional)
4
   
Note: Graduate students are required to have a current CPR card  

Strength and Conditioning Track: Worksheet

Students MUST complete Form 6: Graduate Contracts in their respective track: Strength and Conditioning Track

Updated September 9, 2014