May 22, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Sports Science, MS


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Associate Professor Ghigiarelli, Program Director, 516-463-5122

The Master of Science (MS) in Sports Science consists of two concentrations; (1) Strength and Conditioning, and (2) Exercise Physiology.  The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed to prepare students to work with athletes as strength and conditioning coaches in college, professional, private, and secondary school settings. Students will develop the skills necessary to design and implement population-specific training programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce injury risk. The foundation of course work is in areas of bio-mechanics, exercise physiology, performance testing, periodization, program design, and sport nutrition. In addition, all students will have opportunities to complete various fieldwork experiences. The Exercise Physiology concentration is designed to prepare students to work as an exercise instructor (for healthy, athletic, and special populations), cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professional, or within management in the health, medical, and fitness industries.  Students will study the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity.  The foundation of course work is in areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, laboratory techniques, exercise prescription for special populations, and exercise techniques. 

Admission Requirements


Application for admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Sports Science is made to the Graduate Admission Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • Strength and Conditioning concentration: A baccalaureate degree is required, preferably in exercise science, health and fitness, physical education, or another related area.
  • Exercise Physiology concentration: A baccalaureate degree in exercise science, health and fitness, athletic training, physical education, or another related area that includes undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology, and exercise testing and prescription is required.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. Students with less than a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average may be admitted with additional requirements upon the recommendation of the program adviser. The probationary period will consist of no less than 12 semester hours during which the student will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The additional requirements may include the GRE and other additional remedial course work. This will be established at the time of the interview.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the MS in Sports Science program and future careers within the strength and conditioning and exercise physiology fields.
  • A brief statement indicating the applicant’s interest in the program and describing professional intent.
  • An interview with the graduate program director or departmental adviser.

The faculty of the Department of Health Professions  recognizes that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Total Program Requirements: Semester Hours 31 or 34


Program Requirements for Strength and Conditioning concentration - Total Semester Hours: 31


Program Requirements for Exercise Physiology concentration - Total Semester Hours: 34


Thesis or Non-Thesis Option – Semester Hours: 3


Transfer Credits/Residency Requirement


Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the MS program in-residence at Hofstra. No more than 12 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading to the MS degree may be completed prior to matriculation into the program.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of the 31 or 34 s.h. course requirements with no fewer than 24 s.h. in-residence.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall course work.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a department approved capstone project.
  4. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

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