Health and Human Performance
Exercise Science at NMU
The School of Health and Human Performance offers a master of science degree in exercise science. The master of science degree in exercise science is a non-teaching degree program intended for students with undergraduate backgrounds in athletic training, biological sciences, health, physical education, physiology, physical therapy and sports science. It is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge in the physiological, biomechanical and nutritional aspects of human movement and exertion.
Exercise Science Program Requirements
The master of science degree in exercise science requires a base of 17 course credits that provide a foundation upon which the student may explore special areas of interest related to exercise science. Elective credits enable specialization in areas such as physiology, physical fitness, biomechanics and research. In addition, students must also submit either two formal file papers to the School of Health and Human Performance (non-thesis option) or complete a four-credit research thesis (ES 599A). A variety of elective courses are available in advanced human physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, electrocardiography, laboratory procedures, sport biomechanics, physical training program design, exercise for special populations and sport psychology.
Exercise Science Admission Requirements
Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education. In addition:
- Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a degree in a relevant major or have a minimum of nine semester hours of relevant course work (human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physics, nutrition) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. An applicant with a GPA of less than a 2.75 must submit three letters of recommendation before the application may be considered.
- Applicants applying for a graduate assistantship must meet the standards listed above for GPA of 3.0 or better, provide a one-page personal statement and complete a Teaching Checklist available from the department. Normally, selection of graduate assistants is completed by March 15.
- Applicants are expected to have a solid background in exercise science. The exercise science admissions committee may recommend appropriate courses to strengthen the background of the student. The committee may require the student to complete significant prerequisite courses that are missing or they may recommend that courses be taken in other relevant areas to substitute for the deficiencies.
This program is offered in 2 formats:
1: 3+2 with undergraduate in Sports Science
2: Stand alone - Masters in AT for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
The School of Health and Human Performance offers a master’s of science degree in athletic training. The athletic training master’s degree will be offered through a 3 + 2 program that will award the student a bachelor of science (in sports science) degree and a master of science in Athletic Training when completed. These students will meet all pre-admission requirements at NMU and apply to the master’s program during the fall semester of their third year. If accepted, the student will begin the master’s program in the summer between their third and fourth years.
Students wishing to transfer into this program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree either at NMU or at another institution may also apply for admission