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Master of Science in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science

Mission Statement

The goals of the M.S. in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science degree program are to provide an exemplary educational environment and experiences leading to advanced skills, knowledge, and attitudes within domains of human movement; healthful living; individual growth and development; and application of physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to the teaching and learning processes.

This program provides a scholarly approach to the study of professions in health science, exercise science, sport science, physical education, and human performance. The advanced degree program prepares graduates for leadership positions including those within teaching and coaching venues; the recreation industry; sport medicine and sport rehabilitation facilities; exercise and human performance laboratories and services at colleges/universities, hospitals and other related organizations; exercise facilities and programs for specific populations; and wellness and fitness industries.

Admission Requirements

1. Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.

2. Submission of an official transcript reflecting the highest degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university.

3. Submission of official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within the last five years. Minimum acceptable score for the MAT is 396. Minimal acceptable GRE score is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 290. Applicants who score between 283-289 on the GRE may apply for provisional status provided all other requirements have been met. A student with provisional status who completes 6 graduate semester hours in one semester and maintains a 3.5 grade point ratio will be classified as a regular degree-seeking studen

4. Submission of three signed letters of recommendation.These may be from faculty members of the applicant’s undergraduate institution and/or from associates in business, government, education, or military service.

5. Submission of a resume detailing previous work experiences.

Program Requirements


The program consists of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours. The core curriculum consists of twenty-one (21) hours derived from seven (7) required core courses. The remaining hours (15) consist of electives. Within the broad scope of courses offered, each program of study is individually structured to accommodate the needs and interests of the student while assuring mastery of the disciplines of health science, exercise science, and sport science. Each student enrolled in this program is expected to integrate components of research, apply contemporary technological and/or computer expertise, and practice effective oral and written communications skills through each phase of the program. During the last semester of program work, each student is required to take a written and oral exit competency examination. Questions for the written phase are drawn from coursework completed by each student in the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Science. After the written exam is evaluated, each student may undergo an oral exam consisting of questions selected by members of the departmental faculty. Any student who does not satisfactorily complete the exit competency examination may be required to retake the exam or take additional courses or accomplish individualized study to strengthen identified areas.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (non-credit bearing)


1. The Citadel Principled Leadership Seminar – LDRS 500

2. Written and Oral Competency Exam

3. Thesis Defense Presentation (thesis-track students only) 


Core Course Requirements


HESS-501 Nutrition 

HESS-505 Motor Development and Motor Learning

 HESS-506 Applied Exercise Physiology

 HESS-510 Biomechanics of Sport Techniques 

HESS-540 Research Techniques & Methods of Analyzing Research in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science I 

HESS-544 Exercise Testing

 HESS-542 Practicum in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science

 Note: For thesis-track students, HESS 542 is fulfilled by one of the thesis electives (HESS 560, 598, or 599). 


Electives (offered on rotating basis)


HESS-502 Drug & Substance Abuse 

HESS-504 Public Health

 HESS-508 Epidemiology 

HESS-511 Special Topics in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science (Exercise Science)

 HESS-534 Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Sport & Physical Activity HESS-541 Current and Future Trends in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science

 HESS-543 Consumer Health

 HESS-546 Environmental Physiology * 

HESS-547 Techniques of Conditioning for Sport & Physical Fitness

 HESS-554 Analysis of Sport Skills & Techniques 

HESS-560 Research Techniques & Methods of Analyzing Research Health, Exercise, & Sport Science II**† 

HESS-598 Thesis I in Health, Exercise & Sport Science** † 

HESS-599 Thesis II in Health, Exercise & Sport Science** † 

PSYC-500 Human Growth & Development

PSYC-516 Psychological Resiliency for Tactical Athletes

 SMGT-513 Sport Facility & Event Management 

SMGT-514 Principles & Practices of Sport Management

 TAPR-640 Tactical Strength & Conditioning 


* HESS-506 is a prerequisite for this course

 ** HESS-540 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for this course

 †This course or equivalent is required for thesis-track students

• Opportunities exist for development of specialized programs of study within Health and Exercise Science.

 • Common threads of effective written and oral communication skills, research methodology, applied contemporary technology and computer expertise, collaboration and cooperation with other disciplines, and reflective learning will be incorporated within each course in the Master of Science curriculum. 


Total Credit Hours: 36


Descriptions of courses are listed in the last section of this catalog.


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