Physical Education with Specialization in Exercise Science, MS

Central to Inspiring Bodies in Motion.

The MS in Physical Education: Exercise Science at Central gives you the skills and knowledge to build rewarding careers in athletic training, strength & conditioning, health & fitness institutions, clinical settings, and/or academia. Our graduates work in high school and college athletic departments, private fitness facilities, community health organizations, corporate fitness programs, and colleges/universities nationwide.

Program Features

  • Starts every January, May (even years only), and August
  • 30-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes offered in the evenings on campus
  • Option for independent study enabling hands-on professional or clinical experience
  • Mentorship from educators nationally recognized in their field and dedicated to teaching and research
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research, develop science-based exercise programs, analyze data, and hone skills learned in the classroom
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Chee-Hoi Leong
Graduate Program Coordinator
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall, Room 030

Academic Department

Physical Education & Human Performance

My biomechanical experience in operating a 3-Dimensional (3D) motion capture system and research interests have been fostered by my professional experience at Central working with college athletes. Thus, I believe that my combined experience as a S&C specialist and biomechanist at Central have prepared me to be an effective Strength & Conditioning Coach. My role in the Dr. Capitao Biomechanics Laboratory Classroom combined my responsibilities as a S&C specialist and a biomechanist to develop a better understanding of factors that influence patient and athlete performance, and the risk of injury in participants with the use of 3D Motion.

Kris Ihde
MS ’20

Did You Know?

Central Connecticut State University is one of only 280 universities and colleges globally to be recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine® for initiating Exercise is Medicine® to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health on campus. To learn more about Exercise is Medicine®, visit

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and determine appropriate application of any one or combination of the following theories to their professions: biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and sociological
  2. Read and interpret research and apply significant findings to their professions