Exercise and Wellness, MS

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Would you like to improve health and chronic disease outcomes across the lifespan or develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of specialized programs for athletes? This flexible program prepares you for a variety of careers in corporate, clinical or community settings, or in personal training.

The MS program in exercise and wellness offers unique opportunities for those interested in becoming scholarly professionals with advanced training in fitness and wellness, strength and conditioning, exercise and physical activity health promotion, or exercise and chronic disease prevention.

The degree program is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in commercial fitness and wellness, strength and conditioning, worksite or corporate fitness, community physical activity health promotion, and personal training for health and performance or life coaching. It is for professionals in education, counseling, nutrition or other health related fields who wish to expand their knowledge and skill for working with fitness, exercise and physical activity behavior, and it is for those who wish to pursue further graduate study in fields such as exercise physiology, public health or physical therapy.

At A Glance

Exercise and Wellness, MS

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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GRE Waivers

GRE waivers for the MS in exercise and wellness are approved on a case-by-case basis. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing each applicant's background and relevant experience. To be considered for a GRE waiver, contact CHSgrad@asu.edu.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution. Students are expected to have the coursework and undergraduate credit for the basic courses required for a BS degree in exercise and wellness. Students who do not have these course competencies can be admitted with deficiencies. Deficiencies are determined upon admission, and these courses must be completed, usually by the end of the first year of study. These courses are not considered part of the graduate plan of study. A graduate course may be substituted for a deficiency but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. GRE scores
  4. statement of career or research interests
  5. three professional letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

BIO 201 and BIO 202 must be completed prior to admission to the master's degree program. Other deficiency courses may be taken prior to or during the master's degree program. The corresponding ASU course can be found in parentheses:

Human Anatomy and Laboratory (BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
Human Physiology and Laboratory (BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Human Nutrition (NTR 241 Human Nutrition)
Exercise Physiology and Laboratory (EXW 315 Physiological Foundations of Movement)
Kinesiology and Laboratory (EXW 330 Kinesiological Foundations of Movement)
Exercise Testing and Laboratory (EXW 420 Exercise Testing)
Exercise Prescription (EXW 425 Exercise Prescription)

An undergraduate course in statistics is strongly recommended.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

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