Master’s in Exercise Science at KU

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Program Overview

The master's in exercise science* at the University of Kansas prepares individuals to understand the human body and its movements, using components of biological and structural sciences. It covers a wide range of subject matter, which applies to a variety of career pathways and opportunities for aspiring professionals.

Career Outcomes in Exercise Science

The exercise science program prepares students for a wide range of career paths after graduation, including a variety of health sciences: nursing, chiropractic studies, medicine (physician assistant, medical doctor, etc.), athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy or dietetics. Graduates may work in agencies that dispense health- and fitness-related programs, such as commercial or private health and fitness centers, hospital exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs, and corporate fitness centers, or apply for graduate study in exercise physiology. Students who aspire to pursue careers in exercise science with their bachelor's degree are likely to accept positions with titles similar to the following, though some may require additional education or licensure/certification:

  • Exercise/fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Sport medicine specialist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport scientist

*This program is a master of science in education degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in exercise science.

Thinking about exercise science?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, affordability options, and perhaps what to expect during your time on campus once you have become a Jayhawk.


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Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Robinson Center , Rm. 161
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-7567