Exercise Science MS

About the MS in Exercise Science at Loyola

As our society becomes increasingly health conscious, Loyola University Chicago's MS in Exercise Science offers you the opportunity to help others make positive lifestyle choices by educating them on exercise and nutrition in a variety of settings.

Our two-year program combines classroom instruction, lab-based activities, specialty coursework, an internship, and a comprehensive final examination to prepare you for careers in exercise science, including rehabilitation, sports medicine, athletic performance, and fitness.

With anticipated growth in employment for exercise physiologists, a master's in exercise science program is a valuable investment in your future as well as a great first step toward a doctorate in physical therapy or PhD in exercise science.

Program Structure

The MS in Exercise Science can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held at Loyola's Lakeshore Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for your MS in Exercise Science?

Expanded opportunities

While a bachelor's degree in exercise science can get you an entry-level position, our master's degree provides you with more advanced career opportunities in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, athletic performance, physical therapy or fitness.

You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to obtain professional certifications, such as registered clinical exercise physiologist or clinical exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine or certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

You will benefit from a collaborative environment and networking opportunities in a close-knit cohort of professors, peers and alumni who share your passion for exercise science.

Delivered through Chicago's largest urban research university, our master's program will prepare you for real-world success through classroom instruction, lab-based activities, advanced specialty coursework, a 200-hour internship, and a comprehensive final exam.

Gain valuable insights and knowledge that you can apply to your career from professors and industry experts who bring direct experience in the field to the classroom.

Put concepts into practice in one of our two on-campus labs like the Human Performance Laboratory. Located within the Alfie Norville Practice Facility, the lab gives you access to advanced equipment, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate monitors, lab treadmills, and Olympic lifting platforms.

Applied Health Sciences Department

The Department of Applied Health Sciences invites students and faculty to engage in timely, interdisciplinary research that improves lives through better health. Find more information on the department and stories showcasing current Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health students and graduates from the Exercise Science MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Exercise Science MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Exercise Science MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Exercise Science MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Exercise Science MS totals $44640.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,240.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Robert and Betty Parkinson Scholars Award

Named for Loyola alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Parkinson Scholars Award honors their commitment to helping ensure access to quality health care and the recognition that such health care is a basic human right. Bob and Betty Parkinson took to heart the Ignatian value of “being persons for others.” The Parkinson Scholars Award supports exceptionally talented students with demonstrated financial need who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and will use their Parkinson education to improve the health and health care of individuals, communities, and systems.

Awarded each semester to up to 10 Parkinson students, it includes an $8,000 tuition-restricted scholarship and additional funds to support scholarly activity. Scholars are selected to represent the broad range of the Parkinson School’s disciplines.

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More information about scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Exercise Science MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall Early Action: February 1
All applicants meeting this deadline will receive an admission decision no later than 3 weeks after the Feb 1 deadline.

Fall Priority: May 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after May 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the fall.

Spring: November 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after November 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the spring.

Summer: March 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after March 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the summer.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Exercise Science MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 2.75 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Admission to the Exercise Science MS program requires successful completion (grade C or better) of undergraduate anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics courses.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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