Exercise Science

Cardiac rehabilitation specialist, stress test technologist, health and fitness consultant, or strength and conditioning specialist. Those are just a few career paths you can consider in the ever-expanding medical field with an MS in Exercise Science

Note: This program was formerly known as Health and Human Performance. 

$915/credit hour
1-2 years
33 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Currently Accepting Applications For
Spring, Summer, and Fall

You will be trained by experts in the field as you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to further your career as a health professional.

Did you know that every professional sports team in the four major leagues employs either a Corrective Exercise Specialist or Performance Enhancement Specialist? You can earn these two Certificates with distinction and more with an MS in Exercise Science at Canisius.

The curriculum will provide students with appropriate course work and field experiences to prepare for the National Academy of Sports Medicine's (NASM) Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES), Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES), Behavior Change Specialist (BCS) and Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (CSNC) certification exams. There is also coursework geared towards preparing students for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).You will also be well prepared to go on for a terminal degree to become a medical doctor or physical therapist.

Where Our Students Intern

  • Canisius University Sports Performance, Buffalo NY
  • University at Buffalo Sports Medicine, Amherst NY
  • Body Blocks, Buffalo NY
  • Buffalo Bills, Orchard Park NY
  • Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates, Williamsville NY
  • Buffalo Cryo, Buffalo NY
  • Canisius University Institute for Autism Research (IAR), Buffalo NY
  • Excelsior Orthopedics, Amherst NY
  • Impact Sports Performance, Buffalo NY
  • Orchard Park progressive Physical Therapy, Orchard Park NY
  • Proformance Sports Training, Amherst NY
  • Restore Medical Fitness, Williamsville NY
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY
  • Sister’s Hospital, Buffalo NY
  • Sports Physical Therapy of NY, Buffalo, NY
  • WNY Life Coaching Center, Williamsville, NY

Where Our Alumni Work

  • Sport Scientist & Assistance Strength & Conditioning Coach, Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League
  • Head Performance Coach & Sports Scientist , XFL
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Performance Institute
  • Professor and Exercise Science Program Director, Winthrop University
  • Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology, University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Sports Performance Coach, UBMD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Assistant Sports Performance Coach, IMPACT Sports Performance
  • Exercise Physiologist, Niagara Fall Memorial Medical Center
  • Sports and Wellness Director, Clifton Springs Area YMCA
  • Director of Strength and Conditioning, Ardrey Kell High School
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Physician Assistant, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
  • Cardiovascular Technologist, University of Rochester Medical Center


Extended Learning Opportunities
Gain hands on field experience through internships or a thesis project.
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