Top Schools with Exercise Science Graduate Programs

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Exercise science graduate programs prepare students for work in the fields of public health or physical education and are offered by mainly highly ranked schools. Arizona State University, Florida State University, and Indiana University - Bloomington are among the top universities with graduate programs in exercise science. All three schools are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the National Academy of Kinesiology. They offer master's and doctoral programs in the field.

Arizona State University in Tempe

Arizona State University was ranked 15th by the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2015 and 61st among the country's top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. Arizona State offers programs in exercise science at the master's and doctoral levels within the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. Students of the PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness program conduct research in exercise, nutrition, and health promotion; they must also complete a dissertation. The college also offers a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise and Wellness program, which prepares students for employment in public health organizations or exercise and wellness programs. The MS in Exercise and Wellness also offers a concentration in health aging.

Indiana University - Bloomington

Indiana University - Bloomington was ranked 36th-best public school by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The doctoral program in kinesiology was ranked 15th by the National Academy of Kinesiology for its doctoral program evaluation in 2015. Graduate programs in kinesiology are offered by the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Those pursuing a high school or college coaching career should pick the applied sport science track of the master's degree program. The program also offers a fitness and wellness track as well as an athletic training track. Candidates in the PhD in Kinesiology program can choose an area of focus in exercise physiology or adapted physical education.

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Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University (FSU) was ranked as the 38th top public school in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2017 and was also ranked 47th by the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2015. FSU is home to the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging. The school offers master's and doctoral degrees in exercise physiology. Areas of specialization in the master's program include exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and sports sciences. The doctoral program has areas of research that include cardiovascular health and chronic disease prevention. Students have access to a cardiovascular lab as well as two exercise physiology labs.

Other Top Exercise Science Graduate Schools

Other top schools with exercise science graduate programs include:

School Name Location Distinction
Iowa State University Ames, IA Master's and doctoral specializations include physical activity epidemiology, biomechanics, and pedagogy
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Six areas of specialization are offered, including athletic training, biomechanics, and psychology of physical activity
Texas A&M University College Station, TX Home to more than 20 specialized lab and research facilities
University of Georgia Athens, GA Houses 11 research labs within the exercise science program
University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD Has an exercise Physiology Laboratory that supports five lab facilities where research topics include functional genomics and molecular systems
University of Mississippi Oxford, MS Hosts the Applied Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab and Applied Physiology Lab
University of Oklahoma Norman, OK Offers three master's and two doctoral programs in exercise science
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Hosts eight specialized lab facilities
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Has six lab facilities that include study and research in neuromuscular function, human performance, and motion analysis

When comparing schools that offer exercise science graduate programs, students may look at a school's rankings or facilities. They may also consider areas of specialization and research.

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