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Master of Science in Exercise Science

Master of Science in Exercise Science

Master of Science in Exercise Science

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The Master of Science (MS) in Exercise Science is offered by CHLS, working toward a joint degree with the number 1 ranked graduate Exercise Science program in the United States of America, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC).

Capitalizing on the recognized strengths of the USC program, the MS in Exercise Science will establish within Qatar and the MENA region a top-ranked educational and research degree program in exercise science. The program aligns with the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy 2018-2022, aiming to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance the health and welfare of the people of Qatar.

The MS in Exercise Science program is the only graduate program in exercise science in Qatar and prepares students for a spectrum of health- related specialties and professions within the field of Exercise Science.

Program Focus

The MS in Exercise Science program addresses the complex relationships between exercise participation, physical activity, and human health. The program is designed to cultivate human capacity in exercise science through innovative educational and research training and opportunities. Students within the program will receive knowledge and be provided thesis research opportunities in a) applied physiology, b) rehabilitation sciences, and c) health aspects of physical activity.


A 39-credit program, taught in English, over two years including:

  • Eight foundational core courses (22 credits)

    • Perspectives in Public Health (online)
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Biostatistics
    • Physiology of Exercise or Physiology, Exercise, and Disease
    • Clinical Exercise Testing or Lab Measurements for Exercise Testing
    • Physical Activity and Health: Epidemiology, Research, and Practice
    • Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
    • Mechanisms of Motor Skill Performance.
  • A minimum of 4 electives (11 credits minimum)

    • The curriculum provides advisor-approved electives that provide students the flexibility to meet their career objectives.
    • These elective courses will foster innovative conceptual and practical experience in defining fitness and rehabilitative science. 
    • Transdisciplinary introduction to genomics and personalized medicine is possible in collaboration with the MS courses in Genomics and Precision Medicine program offered at CHLS.
  • Thesis Research (6 credits)

    • Thesis research may be directed to enhanced assessment of physiological properties of exercise toward development of personalized and precision fitness training paradigms.
  • The curriculum, thesis research, program oversight and faculty mentoring structure of the MS in Exercise Science are designed to adhere to the requirements of a cross-institutional joint degree with USC. An added advantage of a cross-institutional joint degree is the ability of admitted postgraduate students to exchange academically between institutions, thereby reaping added educational and research experience.

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