Exercise and Sport Sciences

Jeff Ives, Chair of the Graduate Program in Exercise and Sport Sciences, jives@ithaca.edu

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance offers a master of science degree program in exercise and sport sciences with concentrations in exercise physiology, sport psychology, and human performance. Thesis and non-thesis plans within these areas allow students to match their learning experiences to individual academic strengths and career plans. A small student body and knowledgeable, involved faculty enhance program individualization, as does the opportunity to take courses at nearby Cornell University and to pursue independent study.

Program Time Frame

The time to complete  the program is dependent on whether the student is thesis or non-thesis, if they opt for an internship, and a student's own motivation.  A full complement of required and elective courses offered during the summer enables many non-thesis students complete the M.S. degree in a 12-month period. Other non-thesis students not on an internship generally finish within 1.5 years. Thesis students should plan on two years to complete their coursework and thesis.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the exercise and sport sciences program is granted on the basis of cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and letters of recommendation. To be considered for admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Consideration is given to those applicants whose academic preparation most closely aligns with their intended area of concentration (i.e., exercise physiology, sport psychology, or human performance). Applicants for concentrations in exercise physiology usually have undergraduate degrees in areas such as exercise science, health science, athletic training, nursing, or biology. For the sport psychology concentration, students usually have undergraduate degrees in conceptually related content areas that emphasize psychology or physical education and coaching. For the human performance concentration, students usually have undergraduate degrees that relate to the combined content areas for both exercise physiology and sport psychology. Regardless of area of background, it is necessary that prerequisite courses be taken.

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis, taking into account such factors as previous academic achievements, successful professional experience, and special personal circumstances. Applicants who have questions regarding their eligibility for admission are encouraged to contact the chair of the program at jives@ithaca.edu or 607-274-1751.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition for the exercise and sport sciences program has been set at $663 per credit for the 2010-11 academic year.

Academic Warning and Dismissal

The graduate program in exercise and sport sciences follows the Division of Graduate and Professional 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

Jeff Ives, chair of the graduate program in exercise and sport sciences, serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Sport psychology students are further advised by associate professor Greg Shelley. Students writing a thesis select, with approval of the chair or academic adviser, a thesis adviser and reader from among the graduate faculty in exercise and sport sciences.

Pass/Fail Option

All graduate courses other than Thesis II 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 in the form of a tuition waiver, 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 12-15 hours per week of duties and responsibilities arranged and supervised by a faculty member.

Assistantships are offered in the 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.