UofL’s Exercise Physiology master’s program has been named the top sports science master’s degree in the nation.

The program won first place in a ranking of “50 Best Master’s in Sports Science Degree Programs (Campus)” on Sports-Management-Degrees.com. Exercise Physiology is part of the Health & Sport Sciences (HSS) department in the College of Education and Human Development.

“Over the last few years, HSS has made a concerted effort to hire world-class faculty, invest in state-of-the-art equipment, and build relationships across campus to enhance the student experience and develop future leaders in human performance,” said Meg Hancock, associate professor of sport administration. “We are particularly grateful for our relationship with the Department of Athletics, which is helping us build internship experiences, teach courses and share ideas for program development.”

Students who complete the program often go on to careers as exercise professionals in the specific fields of strength and conditioning, fitness and corporate wellness, and clinical rehabilitation, with many pursuing a PhD, MD, or other terminal degree.

The curriculum is designed to maximize certification exam success, which follows guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Last year, all 12 students who completed the program obtained successful career placement after graduation.

The Exercise Physiology Clinical Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences

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