Graduate Study in Exercise Science

Program of Study

The purpose of the Master of Science in Human Performance is for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the exercise sciences.  Students are offered several areas of course emphases including: human performance, physiology of exercise and strength and conditioning.  There are two options for graduate study.  These options include a thesis (6 credits) or an independent study (3 credits) and a comprehensive examination upon completion of all course work. 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) are required.  The scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required with a satisfactory score required as determined by the Exercise Science Department .  In addition, introductory courses in human anatomy, human physiology, kinesiology and physiology of exercise are prerequisites for entry into the graduate program.   

Application Deadlines


Graduate Assistantships

The Exercise Science Department offers graduate assistant positions in the Human Performance Laboratory to qualified applicants.  Terms of the assistantship are for a 2-year period, a minimum of 15 hours per week and the student must be registered as a full time student.  A stipend is given for this service.  Graduate Assistant responsibilities include: assisting faculty with undergraduate instruction, performing laboratory testing and procedures and involvement in ongoing research.  Students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship position should send a letter of intent and vita to: 

Dr. William Lunn, Director, Human Performance Laboratory, Southern Connecticut State University, 125 Wintergreen Avenue , New Haven , CT 06515

The School of Graduate Studies offers two funding opportunities: Graduate School Graduate Assistantship ($12,000.00) and Graduate Research Fellowship ($12,000.00).  See the School of Graduate Studies website for info rmation regarding these two funding opportunities. 

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1 


The Laboratory

- Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer for muscular strength, power, and endurance assessment
- Hydrostatic weighing tank
- YSI 1500 Sport Lactate Analyzer
- YSI 1500 Sidekick Glucose Analyzer
- Kodak Ektachem DT 60 II System - blood chemistry
-Monarch 828E Cycle Ergometers

-Monark Ergomedic 894 E a Peak Bike - Wingate Anaerobic Power Assessment

-Noraxon EMG System

-Biodex Stability System

-ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 integrated metabolic system

-NexFin non-invasive sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous activity measurement

-Sphygmocor non-invasive assessment of arterial stiffness and autonomic function

-AEI Technologies Applied Electrochemistry Modular VO2

-Sk infold calipers

-Blood Pressure Assessment (Aneroid, Mercury-column)

-Peak Technologies Motion Analysis System