Department Information

Chair:
Philip Buckenmeyer
Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300
Fax: 607-753-5596
Email:
julie.crandall@cortland.edu
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Program Details

Exercise Science [EXSC] M.S. (Graduate)

Kinesiology Department
Philip Buckenmeyer, chair
Peter McGinnis, graduate coordinator
Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
607-753-4909
Fax: 607-753-5596

Overview

Running. Jumping. Throwing. Explore what’s behind amazing movements like these and discover the capacities of the human body when you pursue the M.S. in exercise science at SUNY Cortland. Enter this two-year, 30-credit-hour program at the beginning of the fall or spring semester.

Program Highlights

Select core courses in sport or exercise psychology, motor learning or motor behavior, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Enhance these courses with study of research methods and statistics. Choose additional topics ranging from neuromuscular and cardio-respiratory fitness assessment and programming to conditioning, perceptual motor development, nutritional aspects of physical fitness and athletic performance, and behavior in sport. Take advantage of the well-equipped laboratories and full-time department faculty in each of the four exercise science sub-disciplines — biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, sport and exercise psychology — and ask about research opportunities.

Career Potential

With the strong preparation you receive at SUNY Cortland, you will be well prepared to investigate career options in exercise and sport research or in fitness, wellness and related fields. You may choose to go on to further graduate study in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior/control or allied health professions such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy or physician assistant, among others.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (submitted online with application)
  4. Official score report for the GRE general test
  5. A statement describing your professional and educational goals in 250 words or less (submitted online with application)

Once the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office receives all of the required documents, your application will be forwarded to the Kinesiology Department Graduate Advisory Committee.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. A score of 300 (1,000 in the old scoring system) or greater on the combined verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning parts of the GRE general test with a minimum score of 143 (400 in the old scoring system) on each part
  3. A satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the Kinesiology Department Graduate Advisory Committee

Exceptional applicants who do not meet all of the above requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Qualified applicants without strong preparation in the basic sciences and human movement science may be required to complete specific undergraduate course work within one year of their matriculation.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check on availability.


Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate work as described below is required for the M.S. in Exercise Science. The program is designed to be completed in two years. If a student lacks substantial academic background in the basic sciences and human movement science, certain undergraduate courses may be required in addition to the degree requirements described herein. The culminating activity for the degree is a six-credit-hour master's thesis or a one-credit-hour comprehensive exam.



A. Exercise Science Core: 12 credit hours

 



1. Motor Learning: 3 credit hours

Select one of the following courses:


  • EXS 549 - Advanced Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 649 - Motor Learning (3 cr. hr.)

2. Exercise Physiology: 3 credit hours

 


  • EXS 555 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 cr. hr.)

3. Biomechanics: 3 credit hours

 


  • EXS 587 - Advanced Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)

4. Sport/Exercise Psychology: 3 credit hours

Select one of the following courses:


  • EXS 646 - Behavior in Sport (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 667 - Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)

B. Research Core: 8 credit hours

 



1. Research Methods: 3 credit hours

 


  • PED 611 - Research in Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)

2. Statistics: 3 credit hours

Select one of the following courses:


  • EXS 612 - Advanced Statistical Applications in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 558 - Mathematical Statistics (3 cr. hr.)

3. Seminar: 2 credit hours

 


  • EXS 525 - Seminar in Exercise Science (1 cr. hr.)

C. Electives: 4 or 9 credit hours

Students choosing EXS 650: Master's Thesis as the culminating activity must complete four credit hours of electives. Students choosing EXS 690: Comprehensive Exam in Exercise Science must complete nine credit hours of electives.

Choose from the following list:


  • ATR 521 - Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 522 - Sport in Contemporary Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 525 - Seminar in Exercise Science (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 529 - Special Topics in Exercise Science (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 535 - Neuromuscular Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 538 - Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 549 - Advanced Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 551 - Philosophy of Sports and Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 558 - Physiological Principles of Conditioning for Sports (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 565 - Perceptual Motor Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 575 - Nutritional Aspects of Physical Fitness and Athletic Performance (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 602 - Research Project (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 620 - History of Sport and Physical Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 629 - Special Topics in Exercise Science (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 646 - Behavior in Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 649 - Motor Learning (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 667 - Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 613 - Philosophy and Principles of Coaching (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 625 - Lifespan Motor Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • or other courses approved by advisor


D. Culminating Activity: 1 or 6 credit hours

 


  • EXS 690 - Comprehensive Exam in Exercise Science (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 650 - Master’s Thesis (1-6 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
  • Students assigned an Incomplete (INC) in EXS 650 or EXS 690 must register for EXS 697 in each subsequent term until the INC is resolved.


Total Credit Hours Required: 30