Skip to main content

Master of Education in Exercise Science

Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Exercise Science program helps students develop skills to organize and lead exercise programs in a variety of settings, including cardiac rehabilitation centers, corporate- and hospital-based wellness programs, strength & conditioning programs, and private physical fitness enterprises.

The primary focus of study is exercise physiology and its applications to physical activity programs. The program has a Laboratory-based hands-on approach to learning and applying the principles of exercise science. All graduate courses are offered online or in the evenings to accommodate students with other commitments.

college of nursing/business

Department of Health & Human Performance
Phone: 216.687.4870

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • For all programs that do not lead to a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must have a score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination. However, a student applying for any program except Counseling is exempt from this requirement if:
    • The baccalaureate degree is less than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 2.75; OR
    • The baccalaureate degree is more than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 3.0; OR
    • The student has completed twelve or more semester credits of Cleveland State graduate course work (including EDB 601  or HPR 601 ) AND received a grade of B- or better in EDB 601  or HPR 601  with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and grades of B or better in the other courses.
  • To be admitted to a teaching licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services as a graduate student, all candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
    • Test requirement.  Candidates must receive acceptable scores within the past six years on one of the following content knowledge tests, demonstrating performance in approximately the top 50% of the national distribution:
      • ACT: math 20, reading 20, English 20
      • SAT:  math 510, reading 500, writing 490
      • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):  math 150, reading 156, writing 162
      • GRE:  quantitative 152, verbal 151, writing 3.5
      • Miller Analogies Test: 50th percentile rank for total group
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. 
      • Candidates admitted as a non-degree graduate student must earn a GPA of 3.0 or above after completing 12 graduate credit hours, including EDB 601, and satisfying all other licensure program admissions to be admitted into a licensure program.
    • Proficiency in math and English at the college level.
      • Grade of B- or better in a college level math and college level English class.   (Candidates for the Chinese language teaching licensure are required to satisfy the program's TOEFL admission requirements in lieu of this requirement.)
    • Background check. 
      • All prospective licensure candidates must pay for an initial BCI/FBI check at the time of their initial visit to the Education Student Services Center (except for MUST and international students, who are required to have a BCI/FBI check prior to starting their first field experience).  Throughout their licensure program, candidates are required to pay for and complete additional BCI/FBI fingerprinting checks to ensure that a valid report is always on file with the Office of Field Services as required for field placement. Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses considered by the Ohio Department of Education to be "absolute bars" to licensure will be denied acceptance to the college and any registration permissions for subsequent semesters will be revoked.  Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses eligible for rehabilitation will be referred to the Ohio Department of Education Office of Professional Conduct to determine whether they will be able to obtain a teaching license.
    • Post-baccalaureate and graduate candidates who complete all academic content courses prior to CSU professional course work (e.g. adolescent/young adult or middle grades licensure areas) must take and pass the relevant Ohio Assessments for Educators content knowledge assessment prior to admission.  Candidates who need to take content courses at Cleveland State are allowed to take content knowledge assessments prior to student teaching.

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - May 15th

Program Requirements


  • HPR 601 - Research Methods in Health & Human Performance
  • PED 565 - Law & Policy Studies In Sport & Physical Education OR 
  • HED 588 - Ethics and Health Behavior


  • PED 672 - Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
  • PED 570 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • PED 675 - Physiology Of Human Performance I
  • PED 676 - Physiology Of Human Performance II
  • HED 575 - Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • HPR 680 - Practicum Or
  • HPR 681 - Practicum (register for 4 credits if elective totals three)


  • Select two courses based on advisor approval:
  • HED 552 - Health Education Program Planning
  • HED 570 - Pathophysiology Of Disease
  • HED 574 - Stress Management
  • HED 585 - Worksite Health Promotion
  • HED 588 - Ethics and Health Behavior
  • PED 572 - Physiology Of Aging
  • PED 677 - Prevention & Rehabilitation Of Cardiovascular Disease
  • HED 577 - Social Issues & Needs In Nutrition
  • HED 584 - Food Politics and Obesity
  • PED 593 - Sports Nutrition
  • PED 593 - Pathophysiology of Obesity
  • PED 594 - Biomechanics
  • PED 595 - Training & Conditioning
  • PED 672 - Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
  • Choose one option:
  • Comprehensive Exam (register for HPR 691 if no other course that semester)
  • HPR 698 - Project
  • HPR 699  - Thesis 
Did You Know?

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Request Info


Career Outcomes

  • Graduates will be prepared for careers in: clinical/cardiac rehabilitation, sports performance, health and fitness, strength training and conditioning, research, and corporate wellness. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: EXOS, Cleveland Clinic, Anthem, NovaCare Rehabilitation, MG8 Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, and Maxim Healthcare Services.