Master of Science in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science
The goals of the degree program M.S. in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science is to provide an exemplary educational environment and experiences leading to advanced skills, knowledge, and attitudes within domains of human movement; healthful living; individual growth and development; and application of physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to the teaching and learning processes.
This program provides a scholarly approach to the study of professions in health science, exercise science, sport science, physical education, and human performance. The advanced degree program prepares graduates for leadership positions including those within teaching and coaching venues; the recreation industry; sport medicine and sport rehabilitation facilities; exercise and human performance laboratories and services at colleges/universities, hospitals and other related organizations; exercise facilities and programs for specific populations; and wellness and fitness industries.
- Complete and return a graduate application form, along with appropriate non-refundable application fee, to The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), Bond Hall Room 101.
- An official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each regionally accredited college or university. Students whose degrees are from colleges and universities outside the United States will be required to have their transcripts translated by one of several academic credential evaluation organizations recognized by the CGC office.
- Successfully complete either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have official scores sent directly to the CGC office. This test must be current within five years of application. Minimum acceptable score for the MAT is 396. Minimal acceptable GRE score is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 290. Applicants who score between 380-395 on the MAT or between 283-289 on the GRE may apply for provisional status provided all other requirements have been met. A student with provisional status who completes 6 graduate semester hours in one semester and maintains a 3.5 grade point ratio will be classified as a regular degree-seeking student.
- Three signed letters of recommendation must be sent to the CGC office. These may be from faculty members of the applicant’s undergraduate institution and/or from associates in business, government, education, or military service.
- Submit a resume detailing previous work experiences to the CGC office.
- Submit an official TOEFL score if your native language is not English. Minimum acceptable score is 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
- A copy of the birth certificate, passport, or military ID as a proof of U.S. Citizenship as defined by the State of South Carolina.
The program consists of thirty-nine (39) or forty-two (42) semester credit hours depending on course selection. Either twenty-one (21) or twenty-four (24) hours are derived from seven (7) or eight (8) required core courses. The balance of hours (18) may be taken from approved health, exercise, and sport science electives and a maximum of three (3) hours of free electives. Within the broad scope of courses offered, the program of study is individually structured to accommodate needs and interests of the student while assuring mastery of the disciplines of health science, exercise science, and sport science. Each student enrolled in this program is expected to integrate components of research, apply contemporary technological and/or computer expertise, and practice effective oral and written communications skills through each phase of the program.
During the last semester of program work, each student is required to take a written and oral exit competency examination. Questions for the written phase are drawn from coursework completed by each student in the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Science. After the written exam is evaluated, each student will undergo an oral investigation consisting of questions selected by members of the departmental faculty. Any student who does not satisfactorily complete the exit competency examination may be required to take additional courses or accomplish individualized study to strengthen identified areas.
Depending upon program emphasis, seven (7) or eight (8) courses within the curriculum are designated “Core Courses” are required for each student:
HESS-505 Motor Development and Motor Learning
HESS-506 Applied Exercise Physiology
HESS-510 Biomechanics of Sport Techniques
HESS-540 Research Techniques and Methods of Analyzing Research in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science I
HESS-560 Research Techniques and Methods of Analyzing Research in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science II
HESS-507 Special Problems in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science *
HESS-542 Practicum in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science *
HESS-598 Thesis I in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science (3) **
HESS-599 Thesis II in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science (3) **
Each student is required to choose a minimum of six (6) courses (18 hours) from the following list of approved elective courses:
HESS-502 Drug & Substance Abuse
HESS-503 Human Sexuality
HESS-504 Public Health
HESS-509 Preventive and Rehabilitative Aspects of Physical Activity
HESS-511 Special Topics in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science (Exercise Science)
HESS-512 Special Topics in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science (Sports Management)
HESS-513 Sport Facility & Event Management
HESS-518 Sport Marketing
HESS-520 Special Topics in Sport Management
HESS-521 The Art of Selling in Sport
HESS-523 Administration and Leadership of Exercise and Sport Organizations
HESS-530 Practicum in Sport Management
HESS-534 Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Sport & Physical Activity
HESS-538 Internship in Sport Management (6 hours)
HESS-539 Sport Public Relations & Promotions
HESS-541 Current and Future Trends in Health, Exercise, & Sport Science
HESS-543 Consumer Health
HESS-544 Exercise Testing & Assessment
HESS-545 Nutrition for Exercise, Sport, and Physical Activity
HESS-546 Environmental Physiology
HESS-547 Techniques of Conditioning for Sport and Physical Fitness
HESS-548 Psychology of Sport & Motivation
HESS-549 Sociological and Cultural Aspects of Sport
HESS-552 Fundraising for Sport Organizations
HESS-553 Sport Communications
HESS-554 Analysis of Sport Skills and Techniques
HESS-555 Legal Aspects of Sport
HESS-556 Sport Finance
HESS-557 Economics of Sport
HESS-558 Advertising in Sport
* HESS-540 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for this course
** This course or an equivalent course may be required if a student chooses the thesis option
• Opportunities exist for development of specialized programs of study emphasizing Health Science, Exercise Science, or Sport Science.
• Common threads of effective written and oral communication skills, research methodology, applied contemporary technology and computer expertise, collaboration and cooperation with other disciplines and reflective learning will be incorporated within each course in the Master of Science curriculum.
Total program hours: 39 OR 42 (21/24 core hours + 18 elective)
For more information, please contact Dr. Dena P. Garner (
, 843-953-6323), or click: