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The master’s program in Exercise Science offers preparation for career opportunities in corporate, community, and private fitness sectors, as well as clinical exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and doctoral programs. Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available for students. The Exercise Science Lab contains state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate both student and faculty research, including a DEXA, metabolic carts, an EKG system, land and underwater treadmills, leg and arm ergometers, a hydrostatic weighing tank, bioelectrical impedance, a lactate and cholesterol analyzer, and a telemetry EMG system.
Graduates gain expertise to advance in positions in fitness and wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, and research. The degree also helps prepare candidates to gain certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and to enter a doctoral degree program in Exercise Science. Graduates can also continue their education in other health care professions. Potential occupations include, but are not limited to:

Bariatric exercise specialist
Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
Diabetes educator
Employee fitness director
Exercise physiologist
Fitness center/gym owner or manager
Health coach
Occupational therapist
Oncology exercise rehabilitation specialist
Personal trainer
Physical therapist
Pulmonary rehabilitation specialist
Strength and conditioning specialist
Wellness coach

Employers of MTSU Exercise Science M.S. alumni include:

Acuff & Associates, Inc.
Bowling Green University
Brooklyn Nets
Cross-fit Rampage
Cumberland University
DaVita Renal Dialysis
Journeys In Community Living
Middle Tennessee State University
National Federation of the Blind
North Carolina State University
OnLife Health
Orthotics Manufacturing Co., Chicago, Ill.
Physiotherapy Associates
Southern Tennessee Medical Center
Steadman Orthopedic Group
Tennessee State Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
Tri-Fit Athletics
University of California-Santa Clara
University of Tennessee-Martin
U.S. Army
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute Fitness Center
Well Fit Medicine and Nutrition
Williamson Medical Center/Cardiac Rehabilitation





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