Exercise Science

Serve others by improving and maintaining their health and fitness. Learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition—in our personalized program. In addition to the undergraduate program, utilize the 3+2 option to complete your undergraduate degree in exercise science and a master's degree in Athletic Training in five years.


Xavier Exercise Science students have the opportunity to work in the field, learning outside the classroom.

MS in Athletic Training*

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training, we offer a fast-track program to help students earn their bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master's degree in Athletic Training—in just five years. Athletic trainers collaborate with doctors, physical therapists, registered dietitians and others to provide care for the entire person—not just the injury. Athletic trainers provide care for athletes in secondary schools, universities and in professional settings. They can be employed in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy clinics, as well as in corporate, industrial and military settings. Athletic trainers also work in the world of NASCAR, rodeo, NASA and Cirque du Soleil.

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Five-Year Course Sequence (BS + MS)

*The Athletic Training Program at Xavier University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). For more information please contact Tina Davlin-Pater.


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Real World Learning

Your Exercise Science coursework will conclude with a 6-credit hour (EXSC 460) practicum, where you'll complete 400 hours of exercise science-related learning experiences on or off campus with an exercise science professional.

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Take advantage of one (or more!) of our international, for-credit programs in countries like Australia, France, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, England, Germany and Costa Rica.

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Be ready to enter graduate studies in athletic training, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, medical school, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Welcome to the Family

Four Years That Will Change Your Life.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer (3+2 XU Master's degree)*
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab Specialists*
  • Community Health / Fitness Director
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist*
  • Fitness Center Director / Manager
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Health Educator
  • Occupational Therapist*
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Physician's Assistant*
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Nutritionist*
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Coordinator
* Additional graduate study needed

Certification Eligibility

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification
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