Sport and Exercise Science MS

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MS
Department : Educational and Human Sciences Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science provides an in-depth study of applied human physiology and how it relates to athletic performance and health and wellness across the lifespan.


The Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science offers thesis and nonthesis options for students. Both options require a minimum of 36 credit hours, with at least 18 credit hours of course work at the 6000 level. Students selecting the thesis option must receive a commitment from a faculty adviser for approval to do the thesis option in the program. 

Students in the nonthesis option are required to take an independent learning experience (PET 6910 Problem Analysis) that involves a detailed literature review specific to a subject area of the student's interest. This work is done with the supervision of graduate faculty. Another option available to nonthesis students is participation in a practicum (PET 6946) that will serve as their culminating graduate experience.

Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • PET 5355 Exercise and Health (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6376 Sport Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6389 Physiological Aspects of Sport and Training (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6515 Assessment and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise Science (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—15-18 Credit Hours

Students that select the thesis option must take 15 credit hours in electives. Students that select the nonthesis option must take 18 credit hours in electives. All electives are selected in conjunction with the student's graduate adviser or the graduate coordinator. Students can choose from the following courses.

  • PET 6096 Youth Physical and Athletic Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6357C Environmental Perturbation and Human Performance (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6366 Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Control (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6381 Physiology of Neuromuscular Mechanisms (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6388 Cardiovascular Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6521 Exercise Physiology Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6690 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6363 Dietary and Nutritional Supplementation for Athletic Performance (3 credit hours)
  • PET 6395 Program Design in Strength and Conditioning (3 credit hours)
  • PET 7387 Exercise Endocrinology (3 credit hours)
  • PET 7535 Research and Experimental Design in Exercise Physiology (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students selecting the thesis option will take EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data and enroll in thesis hours.

  • PET 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—3-6 Credit Hours

Students select one of the following courses.

  • PET 6910 Problem Analysis (3 credit hours) 
  • PET 6946 Practicum, Clinical Practice (3-6 credit hours)

Independent Learning

All students are required to complete a research report or thesis after the completion of their coursework.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé.

Application Deadlines

Sport and Exercise Science MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.