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Top Schools with Exercise Science Graduate Programs

Read about top schools that offer master's and Ph.D. programs in exercise science. Find out about the programs and rankings that make these schools stand out.

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Arizona State University and Indiana University - Bloomington are among the top universities with graduate programs in exercise science. Although Indiana was ranked in the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report and Arizona was not, Arizona ranked higher for kinesiology doctoral programs by a professional organization. Both schools offer master's and doctoral programs in the field.

1. Arizona State University in Tempe

School Highlight: ASU was ranked third by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE) in 2004.

ASU offers programs in exercise science at the master's and doctoral levels within the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. Students of the Ph.D. 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.

2. Indiana University - Bloomington

School Highlight: IU Bloomington was ranked 76th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 rankings.

Indiana University (IU) - Bloomington's doctoral program in kinesiology was ranked seventh in AAKPE's doctoral program evaluation of 2004. IU's 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 Ph.D. in Kinesiology program can choose an area of focus in exercise physiology or adapted physical education.

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Top Exercise Science Graduate Schools

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