Tradition. Excellence. Relevance.

A long heritage characterized by adaptability and flexibility describes Ithaca College’s master's degree program in exercise and sport sciences. The program’s emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practical application prepare students with diverse academic backgrounds for a variety of careers in the field.

Graduate students can choose one of three concentrations:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport psychology
  • Human performance

Whether a student’s primary orientation is practical or theoretical—each focus offers a thesis plan and a non-thesis plan. And students are assigned academic advisers who help customize each program to meet a variety of personal goals and ambitions.

Premier Facilities

Housed in the Center for Health Sciences, the graduate program in exercise and sport sciences is equipped with the finest learning, diagnostic, and laboratory equipment. Between its state-of-the-art wellness clinic and other lab facilities, Ithaca College can accommodate virtually any research project. Best yet, all members of the graduate program have office space within steps of these facilities, creating a close, congenial working environment within an exceptional research facility.

To learn more about the program, as well as admissions requirements and more, visit the links to the left.

Exercise and Sport Sciences

“Ithaca College’s graduate program in exercise and sport sciences attracts active, motivated students from across the United States and beyond. Our students can find their way here, from research to practice, and be prepared for what awaits them following graduation. For instance, that we are highly successful in placing students in PhD programs, as recently evidenced by our 100% acceptance rate at top PhD programs by three of our sport psychology students for 2015. These students were accepted at Wisconsin, Springfield College, and West Virginia University."

Jeff Ives, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Chair

Consider the thoughts from recent graduate sport psych student Joshua Warren, who coaches at the collegiate level, has his own sport psychology consulting business, and just contributed a chapter in one of the most well know tennis instructional books:

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to study at Ithaca College in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. The experiences I had interacting with faculty, staff, and classmates were memorable and continue to expand even after graduation. The department along with my general feel for the college is a strong-bonded community that takes learning and growth seriously. As a result of my experience at Ithaca College, I feel well-prepared for my life-long journey. I would like to thank my professors for leading inspiring classes and taking the time to get to know their students outside of the classroom.