Exercise and Health Sciences Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree

Program Description:

The Exercise and Health Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s allows undergraduate students to begin working towards a Master’s degree as they finish their undergraduate degree. For students admitted into the combined program, 9 hours of 500/600 level courses may be double counted toward the B.S. and M.S. The degree may be obtained in 5 years or less, particularly if students bring advanced standing credit into the Bachelor’s degree. This combined program is designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge about physiology nutrition, and performance under a variety of conditions.

The experiential opportunities (i.e. research, internships) include assessments of cardiovascular, muscular, and respiratory fitness using graded exercise stress tests, nutritional assessment, metabolic, blood lipid and blood pressure measures, electrocardiography, electromyography, body composition, strength and power, and biomechanical measurements.

Coursework emphasizes health and performance associated with physical activity and nutrition.

Careers targeted by the Exercise and Health Science program include allied health careers (e.g. Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Nutrition), Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and research and teaching positions.

Undergraduate Preparation:

It is recommended that students complete: KNH 102, 184, KNH 188, KNH 244/244L, BIO 161 (or 305), CHM141/144, PHY 161, and STA 261 prior to applying to the combined program. Timeline for course work and declaration of interest should be discussed with your KNH advisor.

Full Admission:

Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master's degree apply to students in a combined program. Part time students are accepted.

Application Procedures:

To apply to a combined bachelor’s/master’s program,

  • Complete the Graduate School online application
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Check combined program
  • Upload three letters of recommendation at least two academic recommendations (i.e. from professors)
  • Submit GRE scores
  • Submit official Miami transcripts
  • Submit a personal statement

Student Classification and Graduation:

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate.

  • For students enrolled at Miami in Fall 2017 or after, completing 124 undergraduate credit hours changes an undergraduate to graduate student status (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid).
  • Upon receiving the bachelor's, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students may receive their bachelor's degree prior to completing their master's degree.
  • Students receiving a bachelor's degree prior to completing the master's degree can count up to twelve hours of graduate coursework toward their bachelor's degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master's degree.