M.S. in Exercise Science

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Program description

The Master of Science in exercise science in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education at Western Michigan University is a 36 credit hour program designed to provide the student with an advanced understanding of the physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The program integrates traditional lecture-based courses with hands-on laboratory experiences. One of the major strengths of the program is the combining of the practical application of exercise physiology with current research findings. Students may also individualize their program of study by choosing from a variety of elective courses offered within many departments across the University.


The GRE is no longer required for admission to the M.S. in Exercise Science.

Application dates

Admission is on a rolling basis, your application will be acted upon once completed and if accepted you will be admitted to the next term.

Application instructions

Western Michigan University has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system. 

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Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information, with a summary for the Master of Science in exercise science. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

International applicants

There is no longer a separate application for international students. All applicants should use the "apply now" link above.

Admission decisions

The decision on admissions into the program will be based on the applicant's previous academic performance (GPA), resume/curriculum vitae and the strength of the personal statement and letters of recommendation.



The exercise science program prepares students for careers in:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Corporate wellness
  • Health and fitness promotion
  • Strength and conditioning

Graduates also pursue doctoral degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics or other professional programs such as physical therapy and medicine.