Online Master’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

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Exercise Science and Health Promotion

A leader in the study of Exercise Science

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

Ask the fitness, health and wellness industry in Pennsylvania and beyond: PennWest California 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.

Choose from 10 different concentrations, with full- or part-time options. Small class sizes allow our expert faculty to deliver high-quality content in a personalized manner. And PennWest’s partnerships with national organizations and corporations connect you to best practices in the industry.

Students also have the ability to choose two concentrations to earn a dual concentration.

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10 Concentrations

PennWest offers 10 online Exercise Science concentrations to take your career to the next level.

Flexible and Affordable

Delivered 100% online so you can earn your degree while still working as an exercise, military, healthcare, or other professional.

Focused on Health

According to Mindbody, more than two-thirds of people in the U.S. report they’re more focused on health and wellness than ever before because they want to live longer and healthier lives.

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The first academic partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).


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Graduate Admissions

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December, January, March, July, August and October


Advanced Golf Performance
Applied Sport Science
Group Fitness Leadership
Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
Rehabilitation Science
Sport Psychology
Tactical Strength and Conditioning
Wellness and Fitness
Wellness Coaching

Careers and Salaries

Graduates in the field of Exercise Science may work in rehabilitation, helping individuals gain strength or recover from injury. They may work with athletes as trainers, or become wellness coaches. Jobs in all sectors of the exercise science field are in high demand. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for fitness trainers and instructors will grow 39% -- much faster than average – between now and 2030.

Exercise Science Alumna Named First Female Full-Time Athletic Trainer for the Green Bay Packers.

A Pennsylvania Western University alumna has made history as the first female full-time athletic trainer for the Green Bay Packers. Erin Roberge ’22, has worked with the Packers organization since 2020. She earned her master’s degree in exercise science from PennWest California in December.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barry McGlumphy

Dr. Barry McGlumphy, who founded the graduate-level exercise science program at PennWest California and has served on the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) advisory board, discusses why he chose this field and how he guides the next generation of fitness, wellness, and health care professionals.

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Graduate Outcomes

  1. Competently describe and apply principles and applications of leadership, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, leadership opportunities in shaping fitness policy, techniques for managing change and empowerment
  2. Analyze and apply fitness, wellness, & injury prevention research, focusing on current clinical outcomes research, psychology and physical activity research, and wellness research
  3. Demonstrate an above average ability to implement and apply integrated functional fitness, wellness, and exercise science techniques and methodologies
  4. Plan and develop various fitness, wellness, and exercise science program design projects including program elements, rationale, innovative design, and supporting research
  5. Demonstrate above average skills in the launching of new ventures, as well as business and management practices, including: management theory, financial management, personnel management, record keeping, risk management, marketing, billing and technology issues
  6. Demonstrate above average skills in the planning, administration and evaluation of wellness and fitness programs, nutrition projects and exercise physiology tracks based in sport, clinical, industrial and corporate environments
  7. Join and participate in professional organizations and demonstrate above average skills in professional development and responsibility
  8. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the areas of biomechanics, applied anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition for peak performance

Admissions Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

  • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.50 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
  • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.49 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
    * Resume
    * Two professional letters of recommendation
    * An interview may be required by the Program Coordinator to determine potential 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.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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