The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least one-third of adult Americans are obese or overweight and childhood obesity is estimated at 1 in 5 with unhealthy body weight (according to 2015-2016 data). As if that figure isn’t depressing enough, the most recent healthcare related costs (2008) for treating obesity-related diseases ran a whopping $147 billion; and, according to a report published by Harvard’s School of Public Health, healthcare costs could balloon $48 to $66 billion a year by the year 2030. These figures concentrate primarily on the direct health cost due to obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiopulmonary, stroke and certain cancers and don’t include estimated lost wages due to obesity-related illnesses.
Obesity and physical fitness has long been an issue for Americans. President Eisenhower established “The President’s Council on Youth Fitness” in 1956. John F. Kennedy carried that idea on in his “President’s Council on Physical Fitness” and, more recently, First Lady Michelle Obama brought the obesity epidemic to light and encouraged children, and adults, to “Let’s Move” in an effort to promote physical activity, healthier food choices and more positive lifestyle changes. The need for qualified fitness, movement and exercise professionals and health and wellness programs has become increasingly more important.
Students with a degree in kinesiology, health and fitness, or exercise science will find an estimated ten-year 13% job growth rate (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for Exercise Physiologists. This is a broad ranking which includes kinesiology and health and fitness (wellness coordinators, coaches, etc.). PayScale, an online salary survey company, estimates average salary ranges for Exercise Physiologists between $31,453-$71.500 and Kinesiologists at $30,162-$71,500, Athletic Sports Coaches between $18,524-$69,135, Fitness Trainers at $20,361-$97,567 and Health and Wellness Coordinators between $33,023-$60,320 annually.
Best Medical Degrees has researched some of the online, master degree programs available in Exercise Science, which may help you in your school search.
Best Medical Degrees created this ranking of online undergraduate degrees in Exercise Science by reviewing: 1) The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates of potential job growth for careers in Exercise Science, 2) PayScale, an online salary report based on national employer surveys. Salary ranges may fluctuate based on geographic location and employer, 3) we utilized the U.S. News and World Report rankings of universities and colleges and Forbes Magazine Best Value Colleges to determine national rankings and ratings, 4) we only report on schools holding accreditation by Department of Education approved accrediting agencies and 5) estimate tuition cost ranges for schools is based on data from the 2016-2017 National Center for Educational Statistics data as well as school websites to establish tuition cost ranges. Tuition estimates do not include any additional fees accessed by the school or university.
Average Degree Cost: $10,000-$20,000
1. Concordia University-Saint Paul
Concordia University-Saint Paul has an online Master of Science in Exercise Science degree program. Designed to develop professional leaders in the field, this program concentrates on studies in ethics, clinical exercise assessment, psychology of sports and exercise, biomechanics in exercise science, mechanisms of skilled neuromuscular behavior, exercise physiology, metabolism and nutrition, exercise development techniques and requires either a capstone project or thesis for completion. The program requires 33-36 credit hours for completion and is offered through Concordia University’s College of Health and Science. Graduates from this program may find professional employment as exercise physiologists, personal trainer, sports nutritionist, etc. Concordia University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Concordia University-Saint Paul is located in Minnesota and was founded as Christian liberal arts college in 1893. The school has a current enrollment of over 4,500 students. Concordia University is ranked #106 in Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, the university has also received recognition from the publication as Best Online Programs for Veterans. Money Magazine ranked Concordia University #268 Best Colleges for Your Money by Money Magazine.
2. American Public University
The American Public University provides an online Master of Science Sports and Health Science which is accreditated by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), through its School of Health Sciences. The master’s program offers three concentrations: Exercise Science and Human Performance, Health and Wellness Management and a General track. There are prerequisite courses required in: critical thinking in sports and healthcare, sport psychology, statistics for sports and health sciences, motor learning, nutrition for sports performance and advanced methods for strengthening and conditioning. Students pursuing the Health and Wellness track will continue with studies in ethical and leadership principles current topics in health and wellness management, coaching and behavioral change. Those choosing the Exercise and Human Performance option will focus on courses in essentials of human performance and exercise science, advanced biomechanics, current exercise science topics and optimal performance.
American Public University #94 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and named one of Military Times 2018 Best Colleges for Veterans. Founded in 1991 as American Military University, the American Public University was established in 2002. APU reports an enrollment in excess of 48,000 students and is located in Charles Town, West Virginia.
3. Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University has an online Master of Science in Health Promotion degree which will prepare students to work in the field of health and wellness. Overseen by the university’s College of Education, this MS requires 36 credit hours for completion, this degree will follow a course of study in health behavior, personal and community health, weight management, obesity, substance abuse and fitness, statistical methods, research and evaluation and educational research. The program requires a masters thesis. Successful students will be eligible to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing exam. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits Florida Atlantic University and the university is approved to offer distance learning for students from all states.
Located in Boca Raton, Florida, the university has been named #209 America’s Best Value Colleges by Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Value Colleges and U.S. News and World Report rates the school #231-#300 in National Universities and its College of Education programs rank #83 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Founded in 1961, Florida Atlantic University has an estimated enrollment of over 25,000 students.
4. Concordia University-Chicago
This is an online Master of Exercise Science degree which over five concentrations in: Fitness and Health Promotion, Human Movement Science, Sports Nutrition, Sports Performance Training and Strength and Conditioning. With The Higher Learning Commission accreditation, this program in exercise science requires 18 hours of core coursework in kinesiology, research design methods, applied exercise physiology, exercise nutrition and either special seminars or capstone projects required. Students then will begin study in their specific field and complete 12 credit hours, depending on the concentration, principles of human movement science, nutrition and exercise for weight management, principle and design of sports performance training, etc. Dual concentrations studies are also an option with this program. Courses are eight weeks in length and the university offers rolling enrollment.
With a U.S. News and World Report ranking of #75 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest and
#47 in Best Value Schools Concordia University-Chicago has an overall enrollment of over 5,000 students. Founded in 1864 as a teacher’s college, Concordia University-Chicago is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is part of the Concordia University System’s national network of colleges and universities.
5. University of Texas-Tyler
This Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of Texas-Tyler is offered 100% online in 36 credit hours. The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in exercise physiology, personal training, wellness or coaching. This degree is appropriate for practicing clinicians wanting to advance their studies. Studies include coursework in motor learning, research design and methods, exercise physiology studies in skeletal, muscular, metabolism and cardiorespiratory, biomechanics and a thesis or comprehensive exam. The program is offered through UT-Tyler’s Department of Health and Kinesiology and the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Ranking #90 in Regional Universities West by U.S. News and World Report, the school also is rated
#34 in Top Public Schools by the publication. Part of the University of Texas System, UT-Tyler was established in 1971 and is a public institution with over 10,000 enrolled students in over 90 academic degree programs.
6. University of Western States
This is a 100% online Master of Science in Exercise Sport Science with two concentrations in either Nutrition or Health and Wellness Promotion. Depending on concentration, prerequisite studies are required in biology, anatomy and phsyiology, biochemistry and introduction to nutrition. Health and Wellness Promotion students will study courses in exercise physiology, foundations of health, exercise and special populations, advances in wellness and health, epidemiology in health and wellness, research methods and a capstone project. Those on the nutrition track will study many of the same topics, with added coursework in nutrition in special populations, applied behavioral theory, psychology in eating and wellness and requires a capstone project. The school also has a hybrid graduate program in Master of Sports Medicine. The school operates on the quarter system. The University of Western States is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU).
Located in Portland, Oregon, this university was established in 1904 as a chiropractic college and has emerged as a university with a broad curricula of health and wellness degrees. The University of Western States participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and is unable to admit students from California and Massachusetts.
7. University of Wyoming
Through the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Science, this is a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health. This distance program is a non-thesis option and concentrates on physical education teaching only. Although the school’s website doesn’t provide specific coursework, the program requires studies in research methods in physical education, statistical methods for biological sciences, investigations in kinesiology and health. Graduate students should expect to gain knowledge in the field of kinesiology and health, the application of knowledge to translate their education into the health field, discovery of and implementation of health science knowledge, specifically in kinesiology and physical education. The program may be completed in 36 credit hours and the University of Wyoming holds accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission.
The University of Wyoming holds a #181 in National Universities by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes Magazine has ranked it Top 20 Best College Values. Founded in 1886 and located in Laramie, the school has over 12,000 enrolled students.
8. University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia provides an online Master of Science in Kinesiology degree which may be completed in 30 credit hours. Offering options in either exercise science or health and physical education. Coursework will include studies in research methods, measurement and evaluation of physical education, nutrition in exercise and sports, biomechanics, advanced kinesiology, advanced exercise prescription and program design, obesity prevention in children and youth, advanced health and wellness and an action research in health and physical education. Offered through the University of Georgia’s College of Education, the program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and may not suit the licensure requirements in your state. Be sure to check with your state if licensure is a goal.
Created in 2012 by the Georgia Board of Regents in the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University (est. 1873) and Gainesville State College (est. 1964). The university has an enrollment of over 18,000 students in five academic colleges. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university #61 in Regional Universities South, #21 in Top Public Schools and #36 in Best Colleges for Veterans and
#56 in Best Value Schools. Forbes Magazine ranks North Georgia University #214 America’s Best Value Colleges in its America’s Best Value Colleges rankings.
9. Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Texas A&M University at Kingsville has an online Master of Science in Kinesiology program available concentrating on health and wellness promotion and exercise science. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in kinesiology for admission. Online coursework will include core studies in exercise physiology, research methods and statistical analysis in kinesiology, for a total of 9 credit hours. The remaining 27 hours will be completed in elective courses such as motor and learning/motor control, psychology of kinesiology, sport and athletic law, psychology of physical activity, sports coaching and officiating, current kinesiology issues and topics, fitness, nutrition and weight control, aging and physical activity, exercise testing and prescription, inclusive fitness, disability and disease. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Forbes Magazine rates this university #178 in the South, #644 Top Colleges and #644 Top Colleges in its America’s Top Colleges rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #231-#300 in National Universities. Opening in 1925, Texas A&M-Kingsville, is the oldest institute of higher learning in South Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. The school has an enrollment of over 8,000 students.
10. University of the Southwest
Here’s an online Master of Science in Exercise Science online degree program which prepares graduates for a wide range of professional careers from college professor to choreographer. Coursework for this degree includes studies in physiology, human nutrition, diagnostic tests and measurements, neurological basis for motor learning, human and health behavior, research methods and an advanced practicum or internship. The program offers admission any time in the academic year, except the summers. This MS degree is offered through the university’s College of Education. The University of the Southwest is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Established in Hobbs, New Mexico, this university in 1962 as an independent, non-denominational, four-year liberal arts college. With an estimated enrollment of a little over 1,000 students, the university ranks
#96-#126 in Regional Universities West by U.S. News and World Report and is a Yellow Ribbon School for veterans.
11. Rowan University
Rowan University, in partnership with Global Learning & Partnerships, has an online Master of Arts in Wellness and Lifestyle Management degree program designed for those wanting to work with individuals to improve lifestyle choices and implement wellness changes. Students in this program will find coursework in wellness through the life cycle, positive perception and performance, integrating wellness in school settings, program planning in health promotion, obesity and diabetes management, leadership and management in health professions, research and wellness management. The program culminates with a capstone project and internship; but, no thesis is required. This masters degree may be achieved with 30 credit hours and is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey, and has an enrollment in excess of 17,000 students. Founded in 1923, the university has been ranked #171 in National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. Forbes Magazine in it’s America’s Top Colleges issue has rated Rowan University #365 Top Colleges, #262 America’s Best Value Colleges and #118 in Public Colleges.
12. Tennessee Tech University
This is a Master of Arts in Exercise Science online program which requires 30 credit hours for completion. The degree concentrates on practical, rather than theoretical, concepts. Offered through Tennessee Tech’s College of Education Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness, core coursework for this MA includes studies in assessment in exercise science and applied motor development and assessment. Research methods and a research project are included in this degree, along with studies in fitness and wellness, physiology, wellness assessment and strategies in adaptive physical education, special topics and a field experience. The program offers concentrations in: Elementary & Middle School Physical Education, Teacher Licensure Option, Fitness and Lifetime Wellness, Adapted Physical Education and Sport Management. Tennessee Tech also provides a BA/MA Fast Track in this specialty as well. Tennessee Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).
Located in Cookeville, Tennessee, Tennessee Tech is a four-year, public school with an estimated enrollment of over 10,000 students. Founded in 1915, U.S. News and World Report ranks Tech #231-#300 in National Universities and #196 Best Education Schools and #224-#291 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Forbes rates Tennessee Tech #210 America’s Best Value Colleges, #162 in Public Colleges and #107 in the South in the America’s Top Colleges publication.
13. University of Southern Mississippi
Online at Southern Miss has a Master of Science in Kinesiology program with a physical education focus. The university is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges Commission (SSACSCCC) and also holds accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students in this program will study motor learning, foundation and current trends in kinesiology, legal aspects, research techniques, program design in physical education, corrective and adaptive physical education, analysis and supervision and skills analysis. This MS offers a thesis and non-thesis option and can be completed in 36 credit hours. The university also offers an online MS in Sport Coaching Education . Graduates with a MS in Kinesiology may find professional careers as program directors, fitness consultant, activity program director as well as other careers.
Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Southern Miss was established in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Mississippi Normal College. The university is now part of Mississippi Public Universities and has a student enrollment in excess of over 14,000 students. Coming in at #231-#300 in National Universities of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 rankings, Southern Miss has several ranked graduate and online programs. Forbes Magazine ranks it #151 in the South and #252 in America’s Best College Values. Southern Miss is also ranked as a Gold Military Friendly School and offers specific tuition costs for service personnel.
14. California Baptist University Online
California Baptist University Online provides Master of Science in Kinesiology degree program. Accreditation is provided by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), this program is specifically designed for the working adult. Studies focus on biomechanics, performance nutrition, advanced exercise physiology exercise and sport psychology, fitness testing, exercise and fitness education and research methods. Students will also study assessment devices, results interpretation and analysis, physical testing, etc. Requiring 30 credit hours for completion (which may be accomplished in 12 months), this MS in Kinesiology program includes either a capstone project, comprehensive exam or thesis prior to graduation. This is an interdisciplinary degree and is, as the school’s website states, “… academically grounded in Biblically rooted principles.”
Founded in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention in Riverside, California, the school has grown to and estimated enrollment of nearly 10,000 students. U.S. News and World Report ranks this institution at #31 in Regional Universities West, #30 Best Value Schools and has four online programs ranking in the 150 schools.
15. Liberty University Online Programs
Liberty University Online Programs offers a Master of Science in Human Performance degree program through its School of Health Sciences and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. This program offers four specializations for this degree in Clinical, Fitness and Wellness, Strength Conditioning and Nutrition. Coursework will vary depending on specialization, with students in the Clinical Track studies, studying cardiac and pulmonary disorders, chronic health conditions, physiology, exercise testing and electrocardiography, statistics and research. Those in the Fitness and Wellness concentration will cover courses in exercise physiology, biomechanical analysis, biochemistry, fitness assessment and programming, among others. Strength and Conditioning students will focus studies on conditioning and recovery, motor learning and performance, strength development and biomechanical analysis, etc. The Nutrition Track covers topics in nutrition principles, foodborne illness prevention, chronic diseases and nutrition, diabetes, obesity and statistical and research studies. All tracks require a thesis and thesis defense. This MS in Human Performance requires 35 credit hours for completion.
Founded in 1971, this Christian university is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and has an estimated student enrollment of over 75,000 students attending on-campus and online. Liberty University is a partner of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Administration to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers tuition reduction for qualified students. U.S. News and World Report rates Liberty University #231-#300 in National Universities and has six online programs ranked in the top 200 by the publication. Forbes Magazine recognizes Liberty University #157 in the South and #610 Top Colleges in its 2018 America’s Top Colleges report.
16. Sam Houston State University
This is a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Humann Performance offered through the university’s College of Health Science. This online degree is a blended program (meaning some on-campus attendance is required). The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers in Personal Training, Performance Training, College Coaching, Corporate Wellness or Commercial Fitness. The program requires 30-36 credit hours for completion and includes studies in exercise science lab and practicum, significance of motor learning, advanced physiology of exercise, sports nutrition, management of adult fitness programs, psychology and advanced biomechanics. Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology.
Sam Houston State University is located in Huntsville, Texas and was founded in 1879 and is the twelfth largest university in Texas with an enrollment of over 21,000 students. U.S. News and World Report ranks SHSU #231-#300 in National Universities; and, Forbes Magazine rates the university #147 in the South and #581 Top Colleges in its America’s Top Colleges report. SHSU has been recognized as a military-friendly school.
Average Degree Cost: $20,000-$30,000
17. United States Sports Academy
The United States Sports Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) and provides a Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree with a major concentration in sports health and fitness. Students will be required to complete 42-45 credit hours before graduating. Coursework for health and fitness track will include studies, among others, in psychological aspects of health and fitness programming, seminar in sports medicine, nutrition and health, scientific principles in strength training, adapative athletics and sports, sports law and risk management, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, etc. The program also requires a mentorship, where students will have field experiences working with an industry professional. The MSS program offers three academic tracks: thesis option, non-thesis and mentorship. Those choosing the non-thesis track will be required to sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination and those choosing the mentorship option will also sit for the comprehensive exam.
Established in 1972 by Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the United States Sports Academy is a private institution located in Daphne, Alabama and has a small student population of 127 enrolled. The academy has offered online education since 2001. U.S. News and World Report recognized this institution as #107 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
18. University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Offering an online Master of Science in Kinesiology, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Offered through UTRGV’s Department of Health and Kinesiology, the program may be individualized through consultation of a departmental advisor. This program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and requires 36 credit hours for completion including a capstone project. Coursework includes studies in applied test and measurement, research methods, advanced exercise physiology, motor learning, ethics in sports, sport psychology, health and illness, advanced biomechanics, health seminar, methods and procedures for coronary heart disease risk, detection and reduction. The MS in Kinesiology is designed to enhance professional roles in quality of life improvement, promotion of lifestyle health and the delivery of wellness concepts and physical activity.
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley was established in 2013 by the Texas State Legislature, by merging UT Brownsville and UT-Pan American, to provide higher educational opportunities the Rio Grande Valley region which includes a School of Medicine. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school #231-#300 in National Universities and ranks four graduate programs in the top 200 schools. Forbes Magazine rates the university #252 America’s Best Value Colleges and #151 in the South. Located in Edinburug, Texas, the school has an enrollment of over 27,000 students. (Note: the university remains accredited, but is on temporary probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC). This is, as discussed on the school’s webpage, primarily due to the intricacies of the merger of the two universities.
19. University of Wisconsin-Superior
The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a Master of Science Health and Wellness which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The program requires 36 credit hours for completion and will include studies in the core curriculum which includes: health and wellness perspectives, research methods in wellness programs, biopsychological aspects of wellness, exercise and nutrition, wellness law, best practices in wellness, health systems and management for wellness managers, planning and evaluation and will conclude with a capstone project. The program requires prerequisite studies (or equivalent coursework) in personal health, anatomy and physiology or human biology, introduction to psychology and elementary statistics.
Established in 1893, the university is part of the University of Wisconsin System and has an enrollment of over 2,500 students. U.S. News and World Report places this university at #36 in Regional Colleges Midwest and #3 in Top Public Schools. Additionally, the school is recognized as a Best Colleges 2018 by Military Times and has been designated for 8 consecutive years as a Military School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
20. University of Texas A&M-Commerce
This is a hybrid Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies which will require some on-campus visits. The program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option for completion of the degree. Requiring 36 credit hours, the MS course of study will include sport psychology, nutrition and optimal performance, exercise in health and disease, fitness testing and exercise prescription, biomechanics, cardiopulmonary physiology, research methods and statistical procedures for health and human performance. The program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and if provided by the Department of Health and Human Performance and is estimated to be available 60% online. The school also offers graduate degrees 100% online in Athletic Administration, Health Promotion and Physical Education Pedagogy.
Texas A&M University-Commerce opened in 1889 and is the second largest university in the Texas A&M University System with an estimated enrollment of over 12,000 students. The university has been ranked #231-#300 in National Universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 rankings.
21. California University of Pennsylvania
The California University of Pennsylvania provides an online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and hold accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). There are five concentrations available in this degree, including: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, Wellness and Fitness, Rehabilitation Science, Sport Psychology and Wellness Coaching. Graduate students are also offered the opportunity for dual concentrations studies. Depending on concentration, this M.S. program is 1-2 years in length. Program studies will cover a wide range of subject matter including nutrition, exercise physiology, leadership, sport psychology, assessment and exercise prescription, physical performance enhancement and intervention. Program courses are available on the specific concentration’s web link above.
Located in California, Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1852 and is now part of the Pennsylvania State System. Known as Cal U by its students, the university has an estimated enrollment of 9,000 students and five of its online graduate degree programs have been ranked in the top 200 schools by U.S. News and World Report, as well as the university overall ranking at #146-#187 in Regional Universities North by the publication.
22. A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
This is a Master of Science in Kinesiology online program that holds accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission. Core curriculum requirements for this degree include motor control, exercise science, functional anatomy, exercise and sports-related nutrition, current topics in human movement science and advanced exercise prescription. This program also offers five academic tracks in: Sports Conditioning, Exercise and Sports, Geriatric Exercise Science, Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Sports. Candidates for this M.S. degree must hold a bachelor’s degree; and, be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional having a minimum of two years professional experience. Licensed healthcare or training certified professionals may also be admitted. This online program is offered through the university’s College of Graduate Health Studies and has an evidence-based research focus and is recognized as a National Strength and Conditioning Association program.
Founded in 1892, A.T. Still University is an osteopathic healthcare institution and is a multidisciplinary healthcare education university. Located in Kirksville, Missouri with a campus in Mesa, Arizona. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the university’s graduate programs in Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant degrees in the top 200 in its 2018 rankings. The school also holds Military Friendly designation by VIQTORY. A non-profit, private institution, the school has an estimated enrollment of 3,000+ students and is comprised of six schools over two campuses, in Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry and Oral Health, College of Graduate Health Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine.
23. Georgia Southern University
For those wishing to pursue a graduate program concentrating on the instruction and teaching of the importance of movement, health and physical activity, this may be the program for you. Georgia Southern University, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC), offers an online graduate program in Master of Science, Kinesiology, Physical Education which will prepare students to understand the research process and will cover coursework in fitness and wellness education, motor behavior, assessment and technology in physical education, trends in physical education, supervision of instruction, analysis of teaching physical education and will involve a capstone project. The degree requires 36 credit hours for graduation.
Georgia Southern University was founded in Statesville, Georgia in 1906 and has a current enrollment estimated at over 18,000 students. Ranked #231-#300 in National Universities by U.S. News and World Report and has five online degree programs ranked in the top 100 by the publication. Forbes Magazine ranks GSU at #202 in Public Schools and #560 Top Colleges in its America’s Top Colleges ranking. The school is also military friendly, having been named a “Military Friendly” Gold school by G.I. Jobs, published by Victory Media.
24. University of Texas-El Paso
This is an online Master of Science in Kinesiology degree offered through the University of Texas-El Paso College of Health Sciences. Requiring 36 credit hours for graduation, this program offers both thesis and non-thesis options in two concentrations: Exercise Science or Pedagogy of Physical Activities. Core coursework includes studies in advanced exercise physiology, motor learning and control, biomechanical basis of sports, research and psychology. The non-thesis option requires additional coursework in topics such as directed individual studies, advanced topics in kinesiology, advanced exercise physiology, coronary intervention, advanced scientific principles in strength and conditioning and graduate projects. This MS program is geared toward those wishing to pursue a doctoral degree, increase knowledge of exercise science studies, improve their skills as physical education instructors or enhance career opportunities in the area of physical activity and human movement.
Ranking #231-#300 in National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Texas-El Paso is part of the University of Texas System and has an estimated enrollment of over 23,000 students. Forbes Magazine ranks the school #608 Top Colleges and #202 Best College Values in its America’s Best Value Colleges report. Founded in 1913, the University of Texas-El Paso now has six colleges and has been named a military-friendly institution, awarding credit for military service. The school also boasts one of the largest Mexican-American student populations in the country.
Average Degree Cost: $30,000-Above
25. George Washington University
Offering an online Master of Exercise Science Strength and Conditioning, through its Milken Institute School of Public Health, which will prepare students for careers in the prevention of inactivity health disorders. Students are required to hold a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science for admission consideration. Core coursework requirements include studies in advanced exercise physiology, fundamentals of nutrition science, biostatistics and psychology. Other courses included in this study involve biomechanical analysis, power training laboratory, science and theory, current topics and an internship. Prior to the internship, students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research. The program requires 36 credit hours for graduation plus the internship. George Washington University holds Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation.
Located in Washington D.C. and is a four-year private, not-for-profit institution which was founded in 1821 and has a current enrollment population of over 26,000 students. Ranked #56 in National Universities,
#24 in Best Colleges for Veterans and #14 Public Health Graduates Schools in U.S. News and World Report rankings. GW is also ranked #88 in Top Colleges and #213 America’s Best Value Colleges in Forbes America’s Best College Values.