What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: February 1

Exercise Science, M.S.

The Georgia State M.S. in Exercise Science prepares students to conduct research in exercise science or pursue careers in worksite health promotion or fitness, cardiac rehabilitation or related clinical programs.

The program includes classroom, laboratory, research and field experience in biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology of physical activity and related interdisciplinary coursework in areas such as public health, gerontology and nutrition.

Exercise science provides advanced academic preparation for a successful career in the health and fitness field or for advancement to doctoral-level study.

Program Highlights

Meet One of Our Alumni

Tony Price

Tony Price has a B.A. and M.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia State and is now pursuing a doctorate degree. He is a research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Exercise Science, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application); preferably both from university professors in your major who can evaluate your academic promise (letters from family, friends, and athletic coaches are not accepted)
  • Official Transcript(s): minimum 2.75 GPA required for admission.
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

Program of Study

Professional Studies (3)
Select one course or an approved equivalent (3):

  • KH 8825 Research Design (3), or an approved equivalent

Required Major Courses (12):

  • KH 6280 Psychology of Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 7500 Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • KH 7510 Biomechanics (3)
  • KH 8375 Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science (3)

Electives (15):
Select five courses (15): In consultation with their adviser, students will select coursework numbered 6000 or higher in a specific area of emphasis. At least 9 of the 15 elective credits must be Exercise Science courses.

Culminating Experience (6)
Select one course (6): In consultation with their adviser, students will select one of the following culminating experiences.

  • KH 7750 Internship in Exercise Science (6)
  • KH 7810 Directed Readings and Research (6)
  • KH 7990 Master’s Thesis (6)

Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Deadline Date Specifics

  • Fall: February 1 (only for applicants who have completed all prerequisite undergraduate coursework (see below)
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: February 1 (only for applicants who have not completed all prerequisite undergraduate coursework (see below)
  • Prerequisite Undergraduate Coursework: applied human musculoskeletal anatomy (KH 2220), human physiology (KH 2230), exercise physiology (KH 3650), biomechanics (KH 3600), and fitness assessment and exercise prescription (KH 4630). Applicants with deficiencies in these areas will be required to apply for Summer semester admission.

Graduate Assistantships

  • Department Teaching/Research Assistant (All applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the assistantship application (email to [email protected]). The KH department has a limited number of positions and these positions vary from semester-to-semester. In addition, admittance into the program does not guarantee an assistantship.)
  • Student Recreation Center (Click to view the application for graduate assistantships in Recreational Services.)

Career Outcomes

Employers Value Exercise Science Majors

Our alumni find a wide variety of careers open to them in exercise science. Our most recent graduates have landed the following positions:

  • Assistant coach for beach volleyball at Georgia State University
  • Certified athletic trainer at Alliance Spine and Pain Center
  • Exercise Physiology Lab Research Technician at Georgia Tech
  • Minor League Athletic Trainer for the Texas Rangers
  • Clinical Instructor for Georgia State in the Department of Kinesiology and Health
  • Studying the Medical Device Sales Industry at Medical Sales College – Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Reconstruction and Trauma
  • Ergonomic Specialist for Progressive Health

Many of our alumni also continue their education in the Kinesiology, Ph.D. program.

Trainer helping someone stretch


Program Coordinator
Jeff Otis, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Kinesiology and Health
[email protected]

Mailing Address & Office Location
Georgia State Sports Arena
125 Decatur Street SE,
Suite 137
Atlanta, GA 30303

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