The mission of the Exercise Science program is to provide optimal education in the sciences of Human Performance and Preventive Health through excellence in teaching, research, and service. The M.S.in Exercise Science is a viable option for professionals who are currently active in the health, wellness, and fitness-related professions who wish to become more effective in their career by gaining greater scientific insight into current health, fitness, and performance-related issues of concern to their students, athletes, coaches, patients, and clients.

The M.S. in Exercise Science degree provides training in the various disciplines on the Exercise Sciences. Ten required courses for 30 credits provide the core of the degree. The remaining 6 credits can be taken either as a 6-credit thesis, a 3-credit internship plus 1 elective course, or as 2 elective courses.

Admission Requirements

NOTE: Applications for this program are accepted for FALL and Spring SEMESTER admission.

  1. Students must have a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution Students must fulfill requirements for admission to the Graduate College at NEIU.
  2. Students must have a grade of B or better in: biology, chemistry, human anatomy, psychology, and exercise physiology.
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Please see: http://www.applyweb.com/public/account?/neiu for applications

 Check with the program advisor for the most current curriculum guidelines as the program is undergoing revisions.

Required Courses
EXSC-403Research Methods In Exercise Science And Sport Sciences3
EXSC-404Exercise Testing And Prescription3
EXSC-418Current Topics In Exercise Science3
EXSC-419Psychology Of Exercise & Health Behaviors3
EXSC-421Motor Control And Learning3
EXSC-422Biomechanics3
EXSC-444Cellular Physiology Of Exercise3
EXSC-445Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology Of Exercise3
Elective Courses
Applied Nutrition
Prevention Of Chronic Disease Through Diet & Exercise
Internship
Independent Study/Research
Thesis Research
Rehabilitation And Performance Injuries
Theory & Methodology Of Coaching
Sports-Specific Exercise Training
Introduction To The Theory And Methodology Of Coaching
or other courses as approved by the EXSC advisor.

Culminating Requirements for the Degree

Thesis Option Students

In addition to satisfactorily completing the required concentration-specific coursework, thesis option students will be required to satisfactorily prepare a written presentation of their thesis research, and orally present and defend their thesis research prior to earning the degree.

Non-Thesis Option Students

In addition to satisfactorily completing the required concentration-specific coursework, non-thesis option students are required to satisfactorily complete written comprehensive examinations over critical areas of their coursework prior to earning the degree.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
EXSC-403Research Methods In Exercise Science And Sport Sciences3
EXSC-404Exercise Testing And Prescription3
EXSC-418Current Topics In Exercise Science3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
EXSC-445Cardiovascular Respiratory Physiology Of Exercise3
EXSC-444Cellular Physiology Of Exercise3
EXSC-419Psychology Of Exercise Health Behaviors3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
EXSC-421 (required course)Motor Control And Learning3
EXSC-422 (1 Elective Course)Biomechanics3
1 Elective Course3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
EXSC-430Internship3
EXSC-432Thesis Research6
OR 2 Elective Courses 
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 36