Exercise Science Programs

Exercise Science Programs Degree: Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Online

About Exercise Science Programs at Cal U

Invest in your career with an affordable 100% online master's degree.

Ask the fitness, health and wellness industry in Pennsylvania and beyond: Cal U is the leader in the study of exercise science. We were the first to launch this nationally ranked, 100% online master's degree program to give premier training to working professionals.

Cal U's M.S. in Exercise Science and health promotion program is recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education at a historic state university. 

Cal U partners with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for the latest industry-focused program in fitness, health and exercise science.

Train well. Go far.

  • Choose our accredited online graduate degree program for access to top faculty experts and master trainers in Pennsylvania and across the country.
  • Earn your master's degree, plus professional certification, in 12 to 18 months.
  • Go on to top jobs in professional sports, the fitness industry, university athletics, corporate settings, healthcare facilities, and other health and fitness settings. Cal U graduates are employer-preferred.


Personalize Your Program: Customize your MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion by choosing areas of focus that advance your career or give you a competitive edge. Select one concentration for a 36-credit degree program, or add a second area of focus to create a 48-credit dual concentration. Certificate programs also are available in these areas:

Most degree concentrations embed course content to prepare you for nationally recognized certifications. Online degree classes are small (30 students), so you'll interact fully with your peers and professors.


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Degree Benefits

Our 100% online exercise science and health promotion master's degree lets you:

  • Be a student while working full time.
  • Study at a historic state university.
  • Earn a graduate degree - and certification - in less time and at a lower cost.
  • Learn from expert faculty and your peers in your cohort.
  • Build a lifelong national network.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U graduates are leaders in fitness, athletics, health and wellness throughout the nation:

  • Professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, NHL).
  • More than 50 major sports teams (Boston Celtics to L.A. Rams).
  • Top fitness companies such as LA Fitness.
  • Leading hospitals and healthcare systems
  • Military leaders in health and fitness


Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Course Examples
  • Industrial, Clinical and Corporate Wellness
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention
  • Research in Sport Psychology 
  • Health and Wellness Coaching Facilitating Change
  • Nutrition for Peak Performance
  • Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.


Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348



Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.


  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM 


Worldwide Appeal

Students enroll from all 50 states, and from more than 20 countries (Bahamas to Switzerland). Many students enroll full time or part time while on active duty in military service.

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National Partners

Cal U works closely with top expert organizations:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine.
  • Club, Spa, and Fitness Association.
  • National Association of Speed and Explosion.
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM
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Faculty Fame

Exercise science faculty members Dr. Barry McGlumphy, Dr. Linda Meyer and Professor Julie Ramsey-Emrhein comprised the entire 2013 class inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame.

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration


Exercise Science and Health Promotion Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor


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Dr. Carol Biddington


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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh


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Julie Ramsey Emrhein
Part-Time Assistant Professor


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Dr. Marc S. Federico


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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton


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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor


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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess


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Christina Lombardo


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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy


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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor


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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer


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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor


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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby


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James Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor


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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor


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Dr. Tom West


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