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.
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The Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science offers a thesis and nonthesis option for students. Both the thesis and nonthesis options require a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students selecting the thesis option must receive a commitment from a faculty adviser for approval to do the thesis option in the program. Both options require a minimum of 18 credit hours of course work at the 6000 level. Students in the MS program in Sport and Exercise Science have a choice of three tracks: Applied Exercise Physiology, Coaching, or Sport Nutrition.
Students in the Applied Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition tracks will focus on an academic curriculum that prepares them for careers in research, strength and conditioning, fitness training, and health and wellness. Students that choose the Coaching track will focus on an academic curriculum that prepares them for a career in coaching.
All 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 is done with the supervision of graduate faculty. Another option for students in the nonthesis track is to participate in a practicum (PET 6946) that will serve as their culminating graduate experience.
Independent LearningAll students are required to complete a research report or thesis after the completion of their coursework.
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.
Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.
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*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.