Exercise Science

Program Contacts

Steve Tucker, PhD, LAT, ATC: Department Chair
Telephone: (501) 450-5702 | Email: stucker@uca.edu

Adam Bruenger, PhD, CSCS: Graduate Program Coordinator
Telephone: (501) 852-5228 | Email: abruenger@uca.edu

[1] Objectives

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers the Master of Science in Exercise Science with a thesis/non-thesis option. The MS degree is designed to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in exercise science. The goal of this degree is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the primary areas of exercise science (exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control) and the research methods used to obtain this knowledge. This degree, particularly with the thesis option, can also serve as preparation for work at the doctoral level.

[2] Program Admission and Retention Requirements

Admission to graduate study and admission to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Exercise Science will be the same as stated in the current Graduate Bulletin with the addition of the following:

  1. A letter of intent mailed directly to the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. The letter should describe what relevant experience the student has obtained, and how this graduate degree will help to advance their career goals.
  2. Documented course work in the following areas:
    • Anatomical Kinesiology or Anatomy (3 credit hours, minimum grade of C)
    • Exercise Physiology or Human Physiology (3 credit hours, minimum grade of C)
    • Biomechanics or Physics (3 credit hours, minimum grade of C)

Retention in the program will be the same as stated in the current Graduate Bulletin.

[3] Degree Requirements

[3.1] Thesis Option (36 hours)

The thesis candidate must complete and submit a Master’s Thesis in accordance with the graduate thesis requirements in the current UCA Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guide. After the thesis has been read and approved, and before the candidate is recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for graduation, the candidate will meet with the Thesis Committee for an oral examination, which will consist principally of a defense of the thesis. A majority of the student’s committee must approve the thesis and defense. If approval is denied, the candidate will not be recommended for graduation. In this event, the student may be re-examined no sooner than three months and no later than one year after initial examination. A maximum of two defense attempts will be allowed. If a student who has selected the thesis option wishes to change to the non-thesis option, no credit will be granted for thesis courses. A student will be allowed no more than one change of option.

[3.1.1] Core requirements (18 hours)

EXSS 6310 Motor Learning
EXSS 6315 Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 6316 Data Analysis
EXSS 6333 Evaluation of Cardiorespiratory Adaptation
EXSS 6336 Analysis of Human Movement
EXSS 6337 Evaluation of Neuromuscular Adaptation

[3.1.2] Thesis research (6 hours)

EXSS 6V01 Thesis Research

The procedures for selecting and writing a thesis will be the same as prescribed in the current Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guide.

[3.1.3] Electives (12 hours)

Selected with approval of graduate advisor to include not more than six hours from an outside field. EXSS elective courses are listed in section 3.2.2, below.

[3.2] Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

The student will be required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. The examination will be administered during the spring and fall semesters and the first summer session each year. An oral examination will be scheduled no later than two weeks following the written examination. A maximum of two attempts will be allowed to successfully pass the examination (both written and oral portions). Students who fail either portion of the exam will be required to enroll in a EXSS 6300 Independent Study during the semester they wish to retake the exam. Students may be tested again a minimum of one semester and a maximum of three semesters (summer, fall, spring) after the first examination attempt. To be eligible to take the examination the student must be within nine hours of completing the degree requirements. It will be the responsibility of the student to advise the department’s graduate coordinator of the intent to take the examination.

[3.2.1] Core requirements (12 hours)

EXSS 6310 Motor Learning
EXSS 6315 Research Methods in Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 6316 Data Analysis
EXSS 6333 Evaluation of Cardiorespiratory Adaptation
EXSS 6336 Analysis of Human Movement
EXSS 6337 Evaluation of Neuromuscular Adaptation

[3.2.2] Electives (24 hours)

Selected with approval of graduate advisor not to exceed more than nine hours from an outside field.

Approved Elective Courses

EXSS 5V71 Special Topics in Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 5331 Care and Prevention of Exercise and Sports Injuries
EXSS 5332 Critical Analysis of Research
EXSS 5350 Obesity Prevention and Management
EXSS 5352 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
EXSS 5376 Advanced Strength and Conditioning
EXSS 6300 Independent Study in Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 6320 Organization and Development of School and Community Recreation Programs
EXSS 6330 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 6334 Contemporary Coaching Problems
EXSS 6360 Measurement in Exercise and Sport Science
EXSS 6370 Athletic Administration
H ED 5375 Administration of Health Programs
NUTR 5375 Nutrition in Exercise and Sports

[4] Graduate Courses in Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS)

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