Concentration in Human Performance

Addressing body & mind through an integrative approach
Application for Fall 2024 Entry is Open!

The application cycle for Fall 2023 entry into the master's in exercise and sport science degree is open! You can apply to the program until May 1, 2023 with rolling admissions decisions until that date or until capacity is reached, so early application is encouraged. If you are not ready to apply but would like more information about the program or be notified when future enrollment cycles open, please complete our graduate interest form. 

From professional athletes to medical patients, meet the needs of clients of all abilities through this integrated program combining knowledge and skills form biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, sport psychology, and strength & conditioning. Learn how to assess clients using laboratory and field based equipment testing protocols. Learn how to evaluate and use data to make evidence based informed decisions and prescribe the most recent evidence-based training programs. Learn how to conduct research and be an informed consumer of science.  Gain applied practice with real clients of local collegiate teams and health programs.

Through our Thesis track, students can develop their research skills preparing for doctoral/PhD studies in Sport/Exercise Sciences, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Behavior, or Strength & Conditioning.  It is the goal of each student to obtain a better understanding of how to help every person maximize their performance and potential. It is our goal to guide you in facilitating this process.

Pick a Thesis or Non Thesis Track to Specialize in an Areas of Your Choice

Ideal for student planning doctoral /PhD work, but available for any student wanting to develop research skills.  Students complete a independent thesis under mentorship of two faculty.

Example Theses from Former Students

Ideal for students pursuing careers in strength and conditioning, health/wellness/fitness, exercise physiology, athletic training, and coaching.  Obtain a valued evidence based knowledge and skills designed to maximize the potential and performance of clients and athletes of all levels and abilities.

Example course work and experiences include:

  • Theoretical Perspectives of Mental Performance in Sport and Exercise
  • Human Movement Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Tests and Measurement and Analytics in Sport and Exercise
  • Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise
  • The Development of Expertise in Sport and Exercise
  • Strength and Conditioning: Current Concepts and Applications
  • Special Populations & Exercise

Explore our Academic Catalog for specific courses and requirements in both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

Graduate Job Ready

This concentration prepares you for obtaining external certifications by the American College of Sports Medicine. Career examples of recent graduates include:

  • US Army human performance research scientist
  • Major Boston hospital cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Professors, Exercise Science / Kinesiology at multiple universities
  • Professional and NCAA certified athletic trainers
  • NCAA strength & conditioning coaches
  • Cayuga Sports Medicine and Athlete Performance certified athletic trainers
  • Ithaca College Robert R. Colbert Sr. Wellness Clinic Director


Deborah King
Graduate Program Chair
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ithaca College
324 Center for Health Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850