MSE in Exercise Science

Program Overview:

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science at the University of the Southwest.  We have created an online, one year, thirty three (33) hour fast-track graduate program to accommodate interested individuals with a desire to work in health care.  We provide a quality learning environment through lecture, lab, practical experience, and internships to prepare our students for a career as a health care professional.  Our online program allows the flexibility for interested students to enter during any time of the academic year except summers. 
Program Description

Two of the most notable issues in society today are the provisions of health care and the rising concern with the epidemic of obesity.  Many more Americans are becoming aware of their health and its relationship to the quality of life with health and aging. Although they may understand the importance of diet and exercise in maintaining good health, they often are uneducated or untrained as to proper exercise techniques and how to ensure proper nutrition. Hence, there is an increasing demand for trained health care professionals who can serve the general public by raising awareness and providing quality instruction, both of which may help reduce health care costs and assist individuals in improving and maintaining their health.

The Master of Science in Education in Exercise Science will develop trained professionals. The coursework has been designed to allow students to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of clinical evaluation, fitness assessment, nutrition, and exercise prescription. As student’s progress through the program they will have opportunities to work with normal, healthy individuals, active ager’s, cardiac patients, and centenarians and will gain experience working with populations with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiac conditions, to enable them to understand and assist in their treatment.

In developing this program, the department has carefully studied the needs of current health care professionals, teachers, coaches, corporate wellness employees, and assistants in athletic programs. Graduates of the program will be able to pursue advanced career opportunities in sub-disciplines such as: Exercise Physiology, Sport History, Motor Development, Sport Pedagogy, Motor Learning, Sports Medicine (Athletic Training, Pre-PT), Biomechanics, Sport Philosophy, Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology, Sport Management, Adapted Physical Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Leisure, and Recreation.

Career Possibilities

College Professor
Exercise Physiologist
Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
Sport Psychologist
City Sports Recreation Director
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Fitness Trainer
Sports Official
Athletic Trainer
Recreation Leader
Physical Education Teacher
Health Education Teacher
Athletic Coach
Athletic Director
Physical Education Administrator
Public Health Education
Sports Facilities Manager
Aquatics Specialist
Camp Director
Sports Information Director
Recreation and Intramural Director
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Or continue towards their doctorate in their related field.

                                MSE-Exercise Science Required Courses

KES 5003-Physiological Basis of Human Performance

KES 5013-Research Methods

KES 5023-Advanced Human Nutrition

KES 5033-Issues in Sports Law

KES 5043-Diagnostic Tests & Measurements in Exercise Science

KES 5053-Neurological Basis for Motor Learning and Control

KES 5063-Group Dynamics

KES 5073-Health and Human Behavior

KES 5009-Advanced Practicum or Internship/Project in Exercise Science

See advisor for sequence of completion

MSE Exercise Science Degree Plan

Exercise Science Program Coordinator/Advisor:

Director of Online Graduate Program Admissions:

University of the Southwest
6610 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240