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Master's Programs

Exercise and Nutrition Science, M.S.

Our program is one of few in the country that combines exercise and nutrition sciences into a single degree.

The Masters of Science in Exercise Science program at the University of Montevallo provides advanced academic training in exercise science with a special emphasis on nutrition and strength and conditioning. Our highly qualified faculty, premier laboratory equipment, small class size, and opportunities for applied practice offer students an exceptional graduate experience. Students who complete their degree are prepared for careers of distinction in the many fields of exercise science and strength and conditioning.

Exercise Science Admissions Requirements

If a candidate meets only one of the prescribed standards for admission he/she may be conditionally admitted. Probationary candidates must successfully complete 9 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to remove probationary status. Candidates with less than the recommended GPA or test score may be admitted based upon a sliding scale which specifies particular grade point averages and corresponding admission requirements.

*Prerequisite course work may be required of candidates that have not completed any exercise science courses. Contact Exercise and Nutrition Science Graduate Program Director Stacy Bishop by e-mail at sbishop2@montevallo.edu for complete information.

Note: The admissions process is competitive and applicants that meet the requirements described above are not guaranteed admission. Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact Exercise and Nutrition Science Graduate Program Director Stacy Bishop by e-mail at sbishop2@montevallo.edu for complete information.

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Program Completion Requirements

  • graduate credit for at least 35 semester hours;
  • credit for at least 29 of the 35 semester hours required for degree completion must be earned at the University of Montevallo unless approved by the Dean;
  • cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for courses required for the major(s);
  • cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for courses required for the minor(s), if applicable;
  • a cumulative institutional GPA of a least 3.0;
  • a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.0 on all courses attempted, including transfer courses; and
  • completion of the required capstone assessments

Students will be able to choose between an internship experience coupled with comprehensive exams or a thesis to complete their graduate work. The thesis will require 6 credit hours of study, while the internship will carry a 3 hour credit. It is our intention to assign 90 contact hours to the internship experience (30 contact hours per credit hour) at a program-approved internship location.

Course Overview

Course Number and Title Number of Credit Hours
EXNS 500 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3
EXNS 592 Statistical Measurement in Exercise Science 3
EXNS 598 Advanced Sports Nutrition 3
EXNS 580 Advanced Exercise Physiology 4
EXNS 511 Environmental Exercise Physiology 3
EXNS 593 Muscle Function in Kinesiology 3
EXNS 591 Exercise in Special Populations 3
EXNS 595 Current Trends in Exercise Science 3
EXNS 596 Advanced Strength and Conditioning 3
EXNS 594 Assessment and Program Design in Strength and Conditioning 4
EXNS 590 Internship/Comprehensive Exams 3
EXNS 599 Thesis