Exercise Science

Master of Arts Online

Our nationally accredited Master's program is convenient and completely online!

The focus of the program is to enhance professional skills in the selected area of study; therefore, coursework focuses on practical outcomes more than theoretical perspectives. Our graduates are equipped to provide high quality programs and to teach youth the importance and benefits of healthy lifestyles.

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"We are thrilled with the national ranking for the Physical Education online master’s. The program is convenient, flexible, and affordable – giving our alumni a proven path to professional success."

~ Professor Christy Killman, Chair

OnlineU bases these rankings on a college’s 10-year return on investment supported by its graduates’ salary and debt data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

Degree Concentrations and Graduate Assistantships

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  • Adapted Physical Education

    The program is designed for students interested in leading physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities.

    • SPED 6060 Education of Orthopedic and Motor Impaired
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • Electives 6 Hours

    Graduate Catalog: Adapted Physical Education

  • Elementary and Middle School Physical Education

    Elementary & Middle School Physical Education: This program is designed for students with a current license in physical education interested in pursuing additional study in the field.

    • EXPW 6210 Curriculum Design in Physical Education
    • EXPW 6350 Instructional Strategies for Physical Education
    • EXPW 6450 Middle School Physical Education
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • Elective 3 hours

    Graduate Catalog: Elementary and Middle School Physical Education

  • K-12 Licensure

    This program available for students seeking teaching certification.

    • Completion of the Elementary / Middle School Physical Education Master's program of study (see above).
    • Plus 20 credit hours (selected from the courses below):
      • EXPW 6100 Instruction in Physical Education
      • EXPW 6595 Field Experience in Physical Education
      • EXPW 6600 Special Topics or Other Approved Elective
      • EXPW 6881 Professional Seminar in Physical Education
      • EXPW 6880 Student Teaching
    • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
    • Successfully complete the Praxis exam for Physical Education and Health

  • Lifetime Wellness

    Is a program designed for students interested in health, wellness, or performance aspects of physical activity and training. This program focuses on practical applications rather than clinical rehabilitation.

    • EXPW 6042 Health Promotions
    • EXPW 6440 Physiology of Exercise
    • EXPW 5940 Fitness and Wellness
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • Elective 3 Hours

    Graduate Catalog: Lifetime Wellness

  • Sport Management

    This program (33 credit hours) is designed for students who desire an administrative career in the sports industry and/or with professional or college sports teams.

    • EXPW 6710 Leadership and Management in Sport
    • EXPW 6720 Legal, Ethical & Risk Issues
    • EXPW 6730 Administration and Supervision of Sport
    • EXPW 6740 Sport Marketing & Promotion
    • EXPW 6750 Design & Management of Sport Facilities
    • EXPW 6760 Internship in Sport Management

    Graduate Catalog: Sport Management

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Students may apply for a graduate assistantship. Assistantships cover tuition, fees, and provide a monthly stipend.

    • Our department currently offers assistantships in teaching, strength and conditioning, and Special Olympics administration.
    • For an application for a paid Graduate Assistantship please drop by our office, Memorial Gym, Rm. 100, to pick up an application or visit the:

    College of Graduate Studies

Admission Requirements and Advisement

  • College of Graduate Studies: Contact and Apply
  • Your Graduate Advisor

    Dr. Christy Killman, Professor and
    Chair of Exercise Science

    E: ckillman@tntech.edu
    P: 931-372-3467

  • Requirements and Core Courses

    Core Courses: 9 hours
    Research Component: 6 hours
    Concentration: 9-15 hours
    Guided Electives: 0-6 hours
    Total: 30 hours*

    *Sport Management concentration is 33 hours.

    Core Courses

    • EXPW 6230 Seminar in Exercise Science
    • EXPW 6240 Assessment in Sport, Physical Education and Wellness
    • EXPW 6250 Applied Motor Development and Motor Learning


    • EXPW 6510 Research Methods
    • EXPW 6520 Research Project (Prerequisite: EXPW 6510)


    • EXPW 5500 Perspectives in Physical Education
    • EXPW 5940 Fitness and Wellness
    • EXPW 6590 Field Experience
    • EXPW 6140 Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education
    • EXPW 6920 Topics in Physical Education & Wellness (1-6 hours)

  • Writing Requirements for Admission

    If you do not have a sample of undergraduate writing from a 4000 level course, then you will need to complete a writing sample from the prompts below. 

    • Pick one of the topics and write a 500-word essay and then upload your finished work into your application account with the College of Graduate Studies.
    • NOTE: Your application for admission as a graduate students will not be processed without a writing sample. 
    • Please contact the Department of Exercise Science, expw@tntech.edu if you have questions about the requirements.

    Writing Topics (choose one):

    1. Discuss a time when you have failed at something and tell about what happened as the result.
    2. Discuss Metabolic Syndrome.  Include definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment.
    3. It is reported that 50% of all people who start an exercise program dropout within one year of starting the program. Describe in detail the factors related to exercise attrition and adherence to an exercise program. Focus on factors that are modifiable and ways you will modify them.

  • Tk20 Data Management System

    All students entering the online Master's program in Exercise Science must purchase a Tk20 account (individual student data management system).

    Tk20 Data Management System


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