Curriculum

With flexible options, you can complete your Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science in as little as nine months or take as much time as you need.

New! Spring 2019 Start with Generous Scholarships Available

Complete your degree in only 12 months and graduate in December. Summer and fall starts are also available.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

This master’s program is comprised of eight courses, a field-based experience, and a capstone project (32 credits total). 

The program is designed to give you a foundation in theory and research, as well as to provide an emphasis on practical applications. The required capstone project will be selected by you in collaboration with your advisor. You will have opportunities to interact with faculty from both health and business fields, as well as to engage in a real-world exercise and sports science projects through your field-based and capstone experiences.

Required Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Capstone
  • Health Sciences Organizational Leadership
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Technologies
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition

Sample Schedule - Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2019

Spring 

  • Research Methods (Hybrid)
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Hybrid)
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition

Summer I and II

  • Health Science Organizational Leadership (Hybrid)
  • Capstone (Hybrid)

Fall

  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activities and Exercise Technologies

Admission Requirements

We prefer a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a health-related field such as public health; health education/health promotion; exercise science/kinesiology; human performance; human nutrition; biomechanics; or closely related field.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a science field, but one that is not considered a direct healthcare profession (e.g., biology, biomedical sciences, etc.) or you have a non-science degree from a field such as health communications, healthcare administration, psychology/sociology, human development, education, or other field, you may be required to take additional undergraduate courses prior to enrolling or while concurrently taking courses in the graduate program as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with laboratories)

Standardized test scores are optional. Merrimack College reserves the right to ask any applicant for additional supplemental requirements in consideration of their application, including, but not limited to an in-person interview.