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Master of Science Degree without Thesis

(36 credits)

The non-thesis plan is designed for those whose major objective in graduate study is to enhance their professional background in exercise and sport sciences.

Graduation requirements -- A total of 36 credits (24 credits of required courses and 12 credits of electives) are needed to complete this program. In addition, the student must complete a written comprehensive examination.

Written comprehensive examination -- A written examination covering general knowledge of the field, research and statistical methods, and specific knowledge in the area of concentration constitutes the comprehensive examination for this degree program. In order to be eligible for the written comprehensive examination, the student must have completed the required courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for all graduate courses completed as part of the program. This includes graduate courses taken at Ithaca College, exchange courses at Cornell University, or approved transfer courses taken at other institutions.

Non-Thesis Plan Credits


Contemporary Issues



Survey of Statistical Methods



Research Methods



Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport Sciences



Area of concentration








(The total may include up to 6 credits approved for transfer from other schools.)

Area of Concentration

One of the unique characteristics of Ithaca College's plan of study is the opportunity to pursue an area of concentration, an experience usually reserved for doctoral study at many institutions. The student must complete 9-15 credits of courses approved by the adviser in one area of concentration -- exercise physiology or sport psychology. The concentration approach to graduate study is designed to provide depth to the program and also to provide specific future employment opportunities. Included in each of the concentrations is the possibility of independent study and internship to increase relevant and practical learning opportunities.

Concentration in Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the study of physiological responses and adaptations consequent to exercise. Through specific coursework, this concentration focuses on both the theoretical and applied/clinical aspects of exercise physiology. Students who want to emphasize theoretical learning are advised to pursue the thesis option while those with a clinical orientation should consider the non-thesis option with an internship. If desired, a student can have a more comprehensive experience by completing all prescribed coursework, the thesis, and an internship.

An objective of the exercise physiology concentration is to assist in preparation for registration as a clinical exercise physiologist and for external certification as a health/fitness instructor or exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Students are actively encouraged to seek additional credentials of this nature.

Prerequisites for applicants to the exercise physiology concentration include completion of coursework in anatomy and physiology; biomechanics or kinesiology; exercise physiology; and statistics or tests and measurements.

Thesis plan students must take 12 credits and complete their thesis in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 15 credits in this area of concentration. All exercise physiology students are eligible for related internships. An internship is strongly encouraged for those following the non-thesis plan. Exercise physiology students may study special topics through 665-62000 Thesis I, 665-63000 Independent Research, and 665-63100 Independent Reading.

Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses


Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Cellular Aspects


Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Systemic Aspects


Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function


Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription


Exercise for Disease Intervention and the Older Adult

*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan



Psychological Perspectives of Sport




Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training

Concentration in Sport Psychology

The primary focus of this concentration is on the psychological factors that influence sport participation and performance. Topics are derived from clinical, developmental, educational, experimental, cognitive, and social psychology, and also from the basic understanding of sport and its varied task demands. Emphasis is on application, description, explanation, and prediction of sport participation and performance. Applicants for the sport psychology concentration need to show evidence of completed coursework in conceptually relevant content areas. A statistics or tests and measurements class is also a prerequisite.

Thesis plan students must take 9 credits and complete their thesis in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 12 credits in this area of concentration.

Sport Psychology Concentration Courses


Psychological Perspectives of Sport


Psychological Applications to Sport Performance


Counseling Student-Athletes


Effective Team Building


Motivation for Superior Performance

*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan




Academic Warning and Dismissal

The graduate program in exercise and sport sciences follows the Division of Graduate Studies policies regarding academic warning and academic dismissal. Students on academic warning are not permitted to enroll in thesis, independent research, or independent reading courses.

Academic Advising

The chair of the graduate program in exercise and sport sciences serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Students writing a thesis select, with approval of the chair, a thesis adviser and reader from among the graduate faculty in exercise and sport sciences.

Pass/Fail Option

All graduate courses must be taken for a letter grade. There is no pass/fail option for graduate courses in exercise and sport sciences.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are available for full-time matriculated graduate students and for admitted degree candidates. The assistantships include a scholarship, which is applied to the tuition bill, and a taxable salary for carrying out assigned duties. Students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in order to be considered for assistantships. Assistantships are typically awarded on a two-semester basis and involve 8-15 hours per week of duties and responsibilities arranged and supervised by a faculty member. Assistantships are offered in the fitness center and wellness clinic; in the anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and neuromuscular control laboratories; for recreational sports; and for coaching varsity athletic teams. Additional assistantships are offered in athletic training and for research supervision. In any given year about 75 percent of the full-time matriculated graduate students in exercise and sport sciences hold assistantships.

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