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Master of Science in Kinesiology, Health and Exercise Science

Ohio State's masters program in kinesiology is designed to enhance and broaden your knowledge and clinical skills the field of Health and Exercise Science.

Potential applications of this knowledge include:

  1. education designed to enhance physical activity and health behavior, with instruction being conducted in hospitals, fitness and wellness centers, clinics, community health agencies, and various work sites;
  2. the appropriate use of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease; and
  3. the improvement of sport and exercise performance for recreational and elite athletes.

As a student, you will specialize your studies in exercise physiology or health and physical activity behavior.

Exercise Science Specialization

Exercise Physiology - Prepares you to understand and critically analyze the current literature, to develop research hypotheses, design hypothesis-based experimental research, apply sound measurement techniques, and utilize appropriate statistical analyses related to the physiology of exercise and performance. You should have a strong interest in research related to development and delivery of exercise programs, and perhaps advanced research training in a PhD program.

Health and Physical Activity Behavior - Prepares you to apply principles of behavioral science to identify determinants of physical activity adoption and maintenance in a variety of populations and settings. You will gain the skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate programs to promote health and physical activity behavior change. You also will develop skill in the application of behavioral science to answer questions related to exercise adoption and maintenance. By the completion of the program, you will be prepared to pursue advanced research training in a PhD program.

Career Paths

Professional exercise physiologist educate clients, patients, athletes and others on how best to employ physical activity and exercise programs to improve health, wellbeing and/or performance in sports and exercise. Exercise science graduates with a master's degree have opportunities for employment in cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness, geriatric settings, corporate fitness, military fitness, research, sales, and management in corporate fields such as sports nutrition, athletic footwear, fitness equipment, sports clothing, and weight control programs. Some graduates choose to continue their formal education and pursue a PhD degree.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 – to be considered for funding; rolling admissions until cohort filled, autumn semester start only. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late January and continuing until the cohort is filled.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's degree, current GRE scores
Minimum Program Hours: 

Degree requirements: core courses (10 hours), specialization courses (8 hours), concentration courses (11-12 hours), electives (6 hours), Thesis/Non-thesis requirement (3 hours)
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, EHE Research Forum, Hayes Research Forum

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Brian Focht, PhD, Associate Professor
William Kraemer, PhD, FACSM, Professor
Carl Maresh, PhD, Professor
Rick Petosa, PhD, Professor
Carmen Swain, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Jeff Volek, PhD, FACSM, Professor


Human Sciences
PAES Building, First Floor
305 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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