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Human Wellness & Performance 

Exercise science is a broad field with opportunities ranging from fitness to sport to health care. Societal trends such as with the aging population and physical inactivity suggest opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship. Exercise science at WOU is considered a bio-mechanical-psycho-social construct. Hence, the MS degree in Wellness and Human Performance is designed to broaden the understanding of the role that exercise plays in health, aging, and human performance through an interdisciplinary approach. As such, students can select courses from a range of topic areas such as business, organizational leadership, psychology, gerontology, and the natural sciences. There is flexibility to help prepare the student to achieve their professional goals.

Start your adventure in fall 2024!

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Program Details

Overview

Where this degree can take you:

  • Become a strength and conditioning coach
  • Health and wellness coach
  • Preparation for future clinical degree
  • Preparation for doctoral programs

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree

    Begin your MS in Human Wellness and Performance program:

    • Fall 2024

    Finishing will take:

    • 5-6 terms
    • 45 credits minimum
    • Internship with a professional project
      • Option to complete a thesis or pass a professional certification exam.
    • Exit interview

    Where you will take classes:

    • Campus, with the possibility of online or hybrid courses

    Technology you will need:

    • Computer with internet connection
    • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Zoom)

    What you will learn:

    This program provides a broad student-centered approach to the application of a bio-mechanical-psycho-social model of wellness and human performance. This coupled with an interdisciplinary curriculum meets the diverse and evolving needs of students and their communities.

    Learning outcomes:

    Combining elements of criminal justice, sociology, and political science students will:

    1. Knowledge & Inquiry: The graduate will be able to apply research-based knowledge and principles of Exercise Science under a variety of individual, environmental, and task constraints.
    2. Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: The graduate will be able to design, implement and assess effective exercise programs and interventions using a diverse range of equipment facilities and pedagogical resources and methods.
    3. Professional Practice: The graduate will demonstrate appropriate professional skills and ethics.
    4. The graduate will demonstrate sensitivity in their interactions and professional practice with individuals from diverse physiological, intellectual, emotional, philosophical, social, economic, racial, gender, and cultural backgrounds.

    Application Requirements

    Deadlines and key dates:

    • You may apply to start the program in fall, winter, or spring terms.

    Detailed application requirements:

    Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission:

    • Application Fee $60
    • Transcripts
      • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. Save as a PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission.
      • Transcripts are used as Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.
    • Current Resume
      • Save as PDF with your first and last name in the title.
    • Letter of Intent
      • Please describe your professional goals relative to why you are pursuing a master’s degree in Human Wellness and Performance.

    Process: Applications will be reviewed once all application materials have been submitted. Please refer to the Application Checklist in your Graduate Application Portal to confirm the status of your submitted materials. The Graduate Application Portal will also provide additional details about the checklist items for further clarification. You will be notified via email regarding changes in the status of your application or if you are missing any application components.

    Curriculum

    MS Human Wellness & Performance curriculum overview:

    The primary target of the program is the student with an interest in pursuing a broad variety of exercise science-related careers including strength and conditioning, sports performance, health and wellness coaching, or have an interest in pursuing a future clinical degree (e.g., physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy). Additionally, the degree maintains the flexibility to prepare the student to engage with a variety of populations (e.g., older adults, youth, and individuals with a variety of physical limitations). The degree will emphasize the guidelines and requirements set forth by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which establish industry standards.

    Your plan of study:

    Once admitted to your MS Human Wellness & Performance program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filling out this Program Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.

    Core Courses


    • EXS 588 Exercise Motivation and Adherence Credits: 4
    • EXS 590 Research Methods Credits: 4
    • EXS 698 Exercise Science Internship Credits: 1-12 

    Elective Credits: 12-16

    • EXS 526 Sports and Exercise Nutrition Credits: 4
    • EXS 553 Pathophysiology & Exercise Credits: 4
    • EXS 555 Physical Activity & Aging Credits: 4
    • EXS 577 Advanced Programming for Sport & Fitness Credits: 4
    • EXS 584 Advanced Topics in Biomechanics Credits: 4
    • EXS 586 Advanced Topics in Motor Behavior Credits: 4
    • EXS 587 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology Credits: 4
    • EXS 589 Advanced Topics: Adapted Physical Activity Credits: 4
    • EXS 607 Seminar Credits: 1-9
    • EXS 609 Practicum Credits: 1-9

    Interdisciplinary Graduate Credits: 9-16

    Exit Evaluation Requirement


    Students must complete one of the following exit evaluations in order to receive their degree:

    • Professional Project
    • Professional Certification Exam*

    Total Credits: 45-52

    *There is a cost associated with taking the Professional Certification Exam

    FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    When does this program begin?

    Students can begin the program in the fall, winter, or spring term.

    How long does the program take to complete?

    The MS in HWP takes five to six terms to complete if students take nine credits each term.

    Are there pre-requisite coursework requirements?

    TBD

    Do I have to complete a 12-credit internship? What is the process for determining an internship placement?

    Yes. Students will need to work closely with Janet Roberts, our internship coordinator, to find an appropriate placement. 

    Are any of the EXS classes offered online or hybrid?

    Yes. EXS / HE 526 is offered online FWS. EXS 588 is offered hybrid in winter and spring terms.

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    Faculty

    JEFFREY ARMSTRONG

    Professor, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-8999 | armstroj@wou.edu | RWEC 229

    MARITA CARDINAL

    Professor, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-8023 | cardinm@wou.edu | RWEC 243

    LAURA ELLINGSON-SAYEN

    Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-9428 | ellingsonsayenl@wou.edu | RWEC 244

    LEX GIDLEY

    NTT Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-8256 | gidleyl@wou.edu | RWEC 232

    JENNIFER TAYLOR-WINNEY

    Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-8923 | taylorj@wou.edu | RWEC 233

    GAY TIMKEN

    Professor & Division Chair, Health & Exercise Science
    503-838-8217 | timkeng@wou.edu | RWEC 238

    Where this degree can take you:

    • Become a strength and conditioning coach
    • Health and wellness coach
    • Preparation for future clinical degree
    • Preparation for doctoral programs

    To start, you need:

    • A bachelor’s degree

      Begin your MS in Human Wellness and Performance program:

      • Fall 2024

      Finishing will take:

      • 5-6 terms
      • 45 credits minimum
      • Internship with a professional project
        • Option to complete a thesis or pass a professional certification exam.
      • Exit interview

      Where you will take classes:

      • Campus, with the possibility of online or hybrid courses

      The technology you will need:

      • Computer with internet connection
      • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Zoom)

      What you will learn:

      This program provides a broad student-centered approach to the application of a bio-mechanical-psycho-social model of wellness and human performance. This coupled with an interdisciplinary curriculum meets the diverse and evolving needs of students and their communities.

      Learning outcomes:

      Combining elements of criminal justice, sociology, and political science students will:

      1. Knowledge & Inquiry: The graduate will be able to apply research-based knowledge and principles of Exercise Science under a variety of individual, environmental, and task constraints.
      2. Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: The graduate will be able to design, implement, and assess effective exercise programs and interventions using a diverse range of equipment facilities and pedagogical resources and methods.
      3. Professional Practice: The graduate will demonstrate appropriate professional skills and ethics.
      4. The graduate will demonstrate sensitivity in their interactions and professional practice with individuals from diverse physiological, intellectual, emotional, philosophical, social, economic, racial, gender, and cultural backgrounds.

        Deadlines and key dates:

        • You may apply to start the program in fall, winter, or spring terms.

        Detailed application requirements:

        Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission:

        • Application Fee $60
        • Transcripts
          • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. Save as a PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission.
          • Transcripts are used as Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.
        • Current Resume
          • Save as PDF with your first and last name in the title.
        • Letter of Intent
          • Please describe your professional goals relative to why you are pursuing a master’s degree in Human Wellness and Performance.

        Process: Applications will be reviewed once all application materials have been submitted. Please refer to the Application Checklist in your Graduate Application Portal to confirm the status of your submitted materials. The Graduate Application Portal will also provide additional details about the checklist items for further clarification. You will be notified via email regarding changes in the status of your application or if you are missing any application components.

        MS Human Wellness & Performance curriculum overview:

        The primary target of the program is the student with an interest in pursuing a broad variety of exercise science-related careers including strength and conditioning, sports performance, health and wellness coaching, or have an interest in pursuing a future clinical degree (e.g., physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy). Additionally, the degree maintains the flexibility to prepare the student to engage with a variety of populations (e.g., older adults, youth, and individuals with a variety of physical limitations). The degree will emphasize the guidelines and requirements set forth by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which establish industry standards.

        Your plan of study:

        Once admitted to your MS Human Wellness & Performance program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filling out this Program Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.

        Core Courses


        • EXS 588 Exercise Motivation and Adherence Credits: 4
        • EXS 590 Research Methods Credits: 4
        • EXS 698 Exercise Science Internship Credits: 1-12 

        Elective Credits: 12-16

        • EXS 526 Sports and Exercise Nutrition Credits: 4
        • EXS 553 Pathophysiology & Exercise Credits: 4
        • EXS 555 Physical Activity & Aging Credits: 4
        • EXS 577 Advanced Programming for Sport & Fitness Credits: 4
        • EXS 584 Advanced Topics in Biomechanics Credits: 4
        • EXS 586 Advanced Topics in Motor Behavior Credits: 4
        • EXS 587 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology Credits: 4
        • EXS 589 Advanced Topics: Adapted Physical Activity Credits: 4
        • EXS 607 Seminar Credits: 1-9
        • EXS 609 Practicum Credits: 1-9

        Interdisciplinary Graduate Credits: 9-16

        Exit Evaluation Requirement


        Students must complete one of the following exit evaluations in order to receive their degree:

        • Professional Project
        • Professional Certification Exam*

        Total Credits: 45-52

        *There is a cost associated with taking the Professional Certification Exam

        Frequently Asked Questions:

        When does this program begin?

        Students can begin the program in the fall, winter, or spring term.

        How long does the program take to complete?

        The MS in HWP takes five to six terms to complete if students take nine credits each term.

        Are there pre-requisite coursework requirements?

        TBD

        Do I have to complete a 12-credit internship? What is the process for determining an internship placement?

        Yes. Students will need to work closely with Janet Roberts, our internship coordinator, to find an appropriate placement. 

        Are any of the EXS classes offered online or hybrid?

        Yes. EXS / HE 526 is offered online FWS. EXS 588 is offered hybrid in winter and spring terms.

        JEFFREY ARMSTRONG

        Professor, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-8999 | armstroj@wou.edu | RWEC 229

        MARITA CARDINAL

        Professor, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-8023 | cardinm@wou.edu | RWEC 243

        LAURA ELLINGSON-SAYEN

        Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-9428 | ellingsonsayenl@wou.edu | RWEC 244

        LEX GIDLEY

        NTT Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-8256 | gidleyl@wou.edu | RWEC 232

        JENNIFER TAYLOR-WINNEY

        Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-8923 | taylorj@wou.edu | RWEC 233

        GAY TIMKEN

        Professor & Division Chair, Health & Exercise Science
        503-838-8217 | timkeng@wou.edu | RWEC 238

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