Exercise Science 4+1 test

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Degree Level
Undergraduate + Graduate
Garden City, NY

Earn two valuable degrees in just five years and spend your career improving the health and safety of diverse populations.

Why Earn a Combined Degree in Exercise Science?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, exercise science jobs are in high demand—employment for highly qualified fitness trainers and instructors, health coaches and exercise physiologists is on the upswing. You’ll learn to improve the health and fitness of a diverse set of populations, including high-level and recreational athletes as well as people diagnosed with cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, orthopedic and metabolic problems.

Why Earn a Combine Degree in Exercise Science at Adelphi?

Adelphi’s 4+1 pathway provides a fast and affordable road to professional success, whether you’re interested in obtaining a doctorate or launching a career in education or healthcare.

  • Benefit from the continuity and cohesiveness of a combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Gain practical experience in state-of-the-art facilities under the supervision of distinguished faculty.
  • Graduate with the tools to launch a successful career in strength and conditioning, exercise leadership, personal training or pre-physical therapy.

A background in exercise science opens the door to many exciting career opportunities. Adelphi alumni are employed as:

  • Exercise physiologists in clinical programs, such as cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation, and in sports performance
  • Owners of fitness centers/gyms
  • Specialized personal trainers
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Nurses
  • University professors and researchers (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Laboratories, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and The University of Toledo)

Numerous alumni hold positions at institutions including New-York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Southside Hospital.


* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our graduate students are working or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

Joint Degree Options

Joint Degrees Options

Exercise science majors at Adelphi have the opportunity to accelerate their path to a rewarding professional career by completing a joint degree in physical therapy.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

This accelerated pathway revolves around hands-on learning experiences with the Adelphi University Adult Fitness Program, CHANGE (Comprehensive Health Assessment for Nutrition, Growth and Exercise) and personal training programs on campus, all conducted in Adelphi’s state-of-the-art training and laboratory facilities. In addition to valuable field experience, you’ll enjoy personalized attention from distinguished faculty, small class sizes and a diverse, supportive learning environment.

Adelphi students working in the Human Performance Laboratory.

Our Research Labs

Engage with the latest technology for exercise testing in Adelphi’s Human Performance Laboratory. Develop exercise training initiatives and work with clients in our on-site adult fitness center, gaining invaluable experience in testing, programming and interpersonal skill-building.

Program Info

The BS program begins with core courses in human anatomy and physiology and an introduction to related professions. After building a solid knowledge base, you’ll transition to practical applications, with courses that cover exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and clinical exercise physiology. The program culminates in a practicum experience requiring work in the Adult Fitness Program, Personal Training, and strength and conditioning areas. Learning goals are framed by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Physiologist Certification (CEP).

The MS program provides an advanced perspective on the BS curriculum. You’ll pursue coursework in research techniques and further study of exercise physiology, as well as both clinical and neuromuscular application of exercise physiology principles. Through your electives, you can acquire special training in exercise testing, nutrition, the medical aspects of exercise, exercise prescription, rehabilitation and biomechanics. Learning goals are framed by the American College of Sports Medicine’s CEP and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP).

Students will matriculate into the master’s degree program immediately upon completing the bachelor’s degree.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements along with the following:

  • Met all the requirements of the undergraduate major, as well as those relevant to the overall undergraduate degree; i.e., for a BS, all general education requirements and 50 percent of credits completed are classified as liberal arts and sciences (LAS).
  • Earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher in the BS in Exercise Science major, and earned a 2.75 GPA minimum from all undergraduate and graduate course work; 2.6–2.74 GPA provisional admission with 3.0 GPA required after six credits as an MS student.
  • Only a graduate course with an earned grade of 3.0 or higher, taken while enrolled as an undergraduate, will also count toward the master’s degree requirements.
  • You will need the permission of both the undergraduate and graduate program directors to enroll in the designated graduate-level courses in exercise science, subject to the requirements of each degree at the time of entry.

Additional Requirements:

Students who are already enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate program and who meet GPA requirements can apply for the accelerated program once they have completed particular steps in the major. Your academic adviser can help you design a course of study tailored to your individual career interests.

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

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