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Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (MSESS)

Advance Your Fitness and Wellness Career with a Master’s in Exercise Science!

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Exercise and Sport Science, MS

From weekend warriors to suburban families to professional athletes, too many people are constantly on the lookout for the next best health and fitness “craze.” They jump from one pursuit to the next — new diets, gym memberships, mobile apps, five-step methods — all in hopes of losing weight, getting stronger, feeling fit, or gaining new athletic skills. What they need instead is someone who understands exercise as medicine and sport science through and through. Someone who can help them avoid the craze and make a plan. Someone with a deeper understanding of biomechanics, physiology, and human performance to help them improve their lives top to bottom.

Learn what it takes to be the professional others need to improve athletic performance, recover from injury, or simply improve their overall health with the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Keiser University. This master’s in exercise science program is designed to give you the tools you need to help others achieve optimal health, wellness, and fitness as you advance your career.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

36 Credit Hours


12 Courses


12-24 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 12 transfer credits accepted

Quick Info

Career opportunities in collegiate performance training and sports programs, rehab clinics, and fitness-oriented businesses.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

MS Exercise Science Overview

Keiser University’s Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science provides extensive training to develop the insight and skills needed to pursue career opportunities in the exercise science industry, from sports medicine and public health settings to collegiate and professional coaching staffs. Curriculum for this graduate program offers the opportunity to dive into areas like physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, biomechanics and more. Graduates of this master’s in sports science program will be well-versed in the theory and practical aspects of human performance leading to the knowledge, confidence, and credential needed to advance their careers.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is through this master’s in exercise science or one of the dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer several learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.

Through our on-campus or online master’s in exercise science for future health, fitness, and sport leaders, we help graduate students throughout Florida prepare to take charge of their careers as well as advanced exercise science efforts and programs.


Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

This exercise and sport science degree is designed to help current and aspiring professionals in the field acquire the practical skills and leadership abilities needed to take charge of sports, fitness, and exercise programs and initiatives as well as their careers. They can use it to prepare for relevant industry certifications, such as the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association or multiple certification options from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program offers the insights into sport psychology, biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition they need to pursue opportunities in throughout the health, fitness, and sports universe.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s master’s in sports science program prepares students to pursue a variety of roles in the exercise and sport science field. Upon completion of the program, students will have had the opportunity to:

  • Apply course-related knowledge in advanced settings such as collegiate sports programs, rehabilitation clinics, or entrepreneurial fitness businesses
  • Develop advanced practitioner skills and internalize exercise science scholarly outcomes
  • Conduct research for a first-hand look at practices in human performance
  • Lead investigations that uncover relevant scientific evidence as well as develop real-world solutions
  • Explore lesser-known areas of practice and scholarship to better understand what it means to be a leader in this field
  • Prepare to sit for industry certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Program Objectives

  • Devise strategies for application of course-related knowledge in advanced settings such as collegiate sports programs, rehabilitation clinics, and entrepreneurial fitness businesses.
  • Articulate meaningful program-specific projects that provide tangible scholarly outcomes and advanced practitioner skill sets.
  • Structure applied research allowing students direct access to current evidence-based practices in all derivatives of Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Facilitate investigations resulting in scientific evidence and real-world solutions.
  • Assess and debate exploratory investigations into lesser-known areas of practice and scholarship that prompt student reflection on being a leader in the field of Exercise and Sport Science.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an Application for Admission to the Graduate School
  • Pay the $55 Application Fee
  • Submission of an unofficial baccalaureate or master’s transcript from an accredited school. Official transcripts are due by the end of the first semester of attendance.* Failure to provide an official transcript by the end of the first semester will lead to dismissal from the program and Graduate School. OR, provide proof of Foreign Language Equivalency with calculated CGPA.
  • Minimum 3.0 CGPA
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • If CGPA is < 3.0 (Non-Specialty Programs ONLY) you will need to fulfill one of the following:
    • Submit a Personal Statement (Preferred)
    • Submit a Letter of Recommendation
    • Submit your GMAT or GRE Test Scores
  • If GPA is < 2.70, there will be an Admission Review of the Completed Application with a final decision rendered by The Graduate School Vice Chancellor to determine propensity for success

Program Prerequisites

Relevant bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

For students with a CGPA of 3.0 and above, no GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s graduate degree programs, including this master’s in sports science.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, students must earn 36 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum includes:

  • Exercise and Sport Science Foundation Courses (24.0 credit hours)
    Applied Sport Science 3.0 credit hours
    Evidence Based Practice in Exercise and Sport Science 3.0 credit hours
    Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science 3.0 credit hours
    Reflective Practice for Health and Fitness Professionals 3.0 credit hours
    Applied Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Programing for Health and Human Performance 3.0 credit hours
    Physiology of Health and Fitness 3.0 credit hours
    Research Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Two Exercise & Sport Science Electives – Choose from:
    Applied Neuromechanics 3.0 credit hours
    Psychology of Sports behavior and Performance 3.0 credit hours
    Environmental Physiology 3.0 credit hours
    Physical Activity and Public Health 3.0 credit hours
    Special Projects 3.0 credit hours
    Two Research Options – Choose from:
    Case Study I 3.0 credit hours
    Case Study II 3.0 credit hours
    Research Courses (Option B) (6.0 credit hours)
    Option A - Case Study I & II 3.0 credit hours
    Options B - Thesis I & II 3.0 credit hours

Career Pathways in Exercise and Sport Science

Upon graduation from this sport-science focused program, you will have earned a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Be a leader within collegiate or professional sports strength and conditioning programs
  • Help others recover from illness and injury in rehabilitation clinics
  • Pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in fitness, sports medicine, and wellness
  • Communicate professionally and effectively
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s master’s in sports science program, you will gain a deeper understanding of all things related to human performance — physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and more — to help you advance your career. Along with experience and potential certifications, this program can help you prepare for a number of relevant roles, including:

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Fitness Instructor/Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Public Health Officer
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
  • And more!

Start Your Master’s in Exercise Science Program Now!

If helping others achieve optimal health and athletic fitness sounds like a role you can embrace, this master’s degree program can help you advance your understanding of exercise strategy, motor development, nutrition, athletic training, kinesiology, and more. Take your exercise  as medicine training and fitness career to a scientific level with the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Keiser University. Learn more about this program, tuition rates, and coursework by Requesting More Info now!

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