The Master of Science degree in Applied Exercise Science provides a flexible blended format of academic and research preparation for entry into various exercise science fields or for advancement into doctoral programs. 

Mission Statement

The Concordia University Wisconsin program in Applied Exercise Science seeks to develop exercise science graduate students in mind, body and spirit for Christian service to the community. 

General Academic Information

Major topics examined include exercise physiology and applied kinesiology research with the goal of applying these skills toward the enhancement of human physical performance, injury prevention and the treatment/prevention of chronic disease. Each student works with a faculty advisor to develop a thesis project in an area of interest to the student's career goals. Additionally, the student is allowed to take a number of electives, adding breadth to the program. Objectives of the program include:

  • Broaden exercise physiology and kinesiology knowledge in applied exercise settings
  • Acquire applied neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory, and bioenergetics exercise science knowledge
  • Discover functional assessment, training and conditioning, rehabilitation, and injury prevention in healthy and clinical populations
  • Develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Enhance research skills in areas of personal interest
  • Expand communication skills, both written and oral
  • Build lifelong learning skills necessary for continued growth over the lifespan

The program includes a flexible blended learning model of online and face-to-face meetings. Completion time for the program is generally two years.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Master of Applied Exercise Science program allows students to begin the program in either Fall or Spring semesters.  Entrance requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree in an Exercise Science related field (Example: Human Performance, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Movement Science, or Athletic Training)
  • If undergraduate degree is not in an Exercise Science field, the student must have taken the following prerequisite courses:
  1. A full year of human anatomy and physiology and
  2. A one semester course in Exercise Physiology
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above for full acceptance (Conditional acceptance can be made for GPAs under 3.00)
  • Minimum grade of C in Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Physiology courses
  • Graduate entrance exams such as the GRE are not required

Students may apply to the program before all admission requirements and prerequisites are completed, but must be completed prior to matriculation.

Application Process

Application form available at: www.cuw.edu/apply. In addition to the application, submit:

  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • One page essay describing your reason for obtaining a graduate degree in applied exercise science and your plans for being successful in a blended learning environment (blended learning is defined as: The utilization of a combination of online learning and face-to-face learning within the same course)
  • Resume of education and employment experience
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that address potential for success in the program
  • All official transcripts leading to bachelor’s degree
  • Students who have completed graduate level classes and wish to have them evaluated for possible transfer, please submit these transcripts

Deadline for applying: August 1st (Fall Semester), January 1st (Spring Semester)


MSES 540Applied Kinesiology3
MSES 545Cardiorespiratory Exerci Phys3
MSES 550Seminar in Exercise Science3
MSES 565Neuromuscular Exerc Physiology3
MSES 569Research Methods3
MSN 820Basic Statistics for Health Care Professionals3
MSES 757Bioenergetcs & Weight Control3
MSES 600Thesis 16
Select 6 elective credits 26
Total Hours33

The program retains the right to make curricular changes as needed in order to provide the optimal education program.

Details regarding the completion of the thesis and steps to graduation can be obtained from the Applied Exercise Science program director.

Students will have 5 years from the program admission date to complete the masters thesis.

Breaches of the Concordia University Student Conduct Code and/or Academic Integrity Policy may result in dismissal from the program.