The mission of the Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is to expand and disseminate
the body of knowledge concerning the relationship between physical activity and human
Career opportunities exist in academic institutions, hospitals, medical clinics, research
laboratories, physical therapy facilities, rehabilitation facilities, perceptual-motor
development clinics, health and fitness centers, and public health agencies. Jobs
in the field include clinical exercise physiologist, motor rehabilitation specialist,
health fitness instructor, professor of exercise science, research scientist, physical
therapist and cardiac rehabilitation program director.
The department’s Ph.D. program, which is ranked #1 in the United States by the National Academy of Kinesiology, prepares graduates for
entry into positions in universities, colleges, research institutes and research oriented clinical
settings. Areas of specialization are applied physiology, health aspects of physical
activity, and motor behavior/rehabilitation. Specific research emphases correspond
to those listed for the departmental faculty. The M.S. program allows students to
emphasize expansion of research competence (for those who plan on pursuing a Ph.D.
degree or further graduate study) or to focus on professional and clinical aspects of
the field with concentrations in cardiac rehabilitation corporate wellness, and motor
The goal of the department’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to produce graduates
who possess the skills necessary to be reflective practitioners and who can conduct
clinical research and scholarly activity necessary for the advancement of physical
therapy as an evidence-based profession.
In addition to the bachelor degree in exercise science, we offer four advanced degrees.
Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.
Exercise Science News
2020-2021 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 9 Arnold School graduate students
Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2020-2021 SPARC Graduate
Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual
Doctoral students Kelsey Day and Qian Huang selected as inaugural Health GIS Scholars
by Big Data Health Science Center
Within the Big Data Health Science Center, the Geospatial Core engages in cutting-edge
geospatial research and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science. They also provide
training in the use of GIS, spatial analytics and other technologies – recently launching
the Health GIS Scholars Program.
Three Arnold School doctoral students win 2021 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Awards
Jacob Barber (EXSC), Jennifer Mandelbaum (HPEB) and Gabriella Reynolds (COMD) were
chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by graduate directors across the university
for their classroom excellence, research/scholarship contributions and potential for
Assistant professors Elizabeth Crouch Bankole Olatosi (HSPM) and Glenn Weaver named
2021 Breakthrough Stars
Elizabeth Crouch and Bankole Olatosi, assistant professors in the Department of Health
Services Policy and Management, and Glenn Weaver, an assistant professor in the Department
of Exercise Science, are among just 12 faculty members across the university to receive
2021 Breakthrough Star Awards.
Arnold Institute on Aging, Office for the Study of Aging awards inaugural Research
Fellowship to Jason Yang
Chih-Hsiang (Jason) Yang has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Office
for the Study of Aging Research Fellowship, which is designed to support Arnold School
faculty and professional staff to conduct research in the multidisciplinary field
of aging. Samaneh Nemati and Katherine DeVivo were named Graduate Scholars in Aging.