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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science, Combined B.S./M.S.

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This combined bachelor/master degree program provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. Participants can graduate with an M.S. in Exercise Science in approximately one calendar year after completing a B.S. in Exercise Science. Students in the program complete 12 graduate level credits at the undergraduate tuition rates. Students who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the 12-credits of graduate courses will be reclassified as a graduate student through the Graduate School.

Requirements for the Combined B.S./M.S. in Exercise Science (EXS) Degree Program

If a student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, has at least junior standing, and has completed half of the department credits required for the major the student may apply to the B.S./M.S. in EXS program through the graduate school. Qualified applicants will be given a delayed admission to the EXS program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree).

A student accepted into the combined B.S./M.S. in EXS program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of 4 graduate courses.

If a combined B.S./M.S. program student has successfully graduated with a B.S. degree and an overall GPA of 3.0, he or she is fully admitted to the M.S. in EXS program.

*See graduate catalog for additional requirements for the combined B.S./M.S. program.

Students seeking the Combined B.S./M.S. in EXS program must complete a minimum of 123 credits to earn the B.S. and an additional 20 graduate credits to earn the M.S. See requirements below:

1. General Education Requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses. 

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements  section of the catalog.

2. Complete the foundational courses

3. Complete electives in exercise science (to total 4 credits; EXS 4960 or EXS 4995 are required, but may be repeated once for credit with permission)

4. Graduate courses


  • EXS 5010 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4)
  • EXS 5020 Advanced Biomechanics (3)
  • EXS 5030 Diagnostic Testing and Exercise Prescription (3)
  • EXS 5040 Nutrition, Weight Management and Exercise (2)


All university and departmental requirements for each of the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be satisfied to receive both degrees.  The full number of credit hours required for the B.S and M.S. degrees must be completed; this includes the 12-credits of graduate courses completed as an undergraduate and approved to count towards the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

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