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Help People Feel and Be Their Best through Exercise Science

If you’re ready to grow professionally as a leader in health, wellness, and human performance, the MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science program can help you reach that goal.

With this advanced degree from IUP, you'll be well-prepared for a variety of positions in allied health, fitness, sport, and clinical settings, or for a career in research to expand what we know about exercise and its importance for every individual.

Build a Stronger Body of Knowledge or Pursue Hands-on Roles

IUP’s MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science program is versatile, with two options to choose from as you plan your career path:

  • A thesis option that offers experience in the design and implementation of research in the field of exercise science.
  • A non-thesis option that includes hands-on learning through internships at hospitals, wellness centers, and corporate and community-based fitness facilities.

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to pursue the certifications from organizations including:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Imagine Your Future

As a graduate of the MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science program, you'll have a competitive advantage that sets you apart as you build your career.

Some graduates focus on opportunities to design and conduct research, and build rewarding careers advancing the body of knowledge for exercise science.

Other graduates pursue hands-on roles helping individuals achieve health and fitness goals in a variety of settings, including:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Community health
  • Corporate health and wellness
  • Health coaching
  • Occupational therapy
  • Personal training
  • Physical therapy
  • Private fitness business ownership
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Wellness

As a graduate of the MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science program, you will be well-prepared to pursue a doctoral degree if you want to continue formal education in this field.

Industries Looking for You

Graduates of the MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science program are prepared to pursue job opportunities in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • Personal training facilities
  • Wellness centers

Similar Occupations

  • Chiropractor
  • College professor
  • Occupational therapist
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapist
  • Strength and conditioning coach

The demand for well-prepared exercise science professionals is growing.

2020 median annual income


Employment growth


a rate that exceeds the average for all occupations.

Classes and Requirements

he Master of Science degree in Sport Science is designed to meet the needs of students from nonteaching professions, as well as from the teaching profession. The program is discipline specific with provision for students to choose from among different academic tracks: Sport Management, Exercise Science, and Sport Studies.

According to their selected program of study, students are prepared for a variety of competitive employment opportunities, including management and administration of sport and athletic programs, corporate and community health and fitness facilities, hospital and medical-based exercise programs, and recreational programs in school and community settings.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Program Innovation, Real-World Success Elevate Each Class

The Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science faculty members bring decades of real-world experience to the classroom. Prior to arriving at IUP, they coached athletic teams, operated fitness training centers, and learned first-hand the rigors of working with hospitals to rehabilitate injured athletes and cardiac patients.

Their excellent advisory assistance will help you choose a lasting career in coaching, fitness center management, corporate wellness, or other sports-industry sectors.

  • Our professors continue to expand their scholarly achievements by presenting research at regional and national events.
  • IUP professors have established innovative programs, such as the home school program and Special Needs Activity Program, which give you opportunities that enhance your résumé.
  • Guidance is a key ingredient our professors bring to your graduate program, helping you make the right choices so you can excel as you complete your degree.
  • Active participation in academic and professional circles allows our professors to build a network of potential internship sponsors.