Gannon University has announced two new graduate degree
programs. Offered through the sport and exercise science
department, the Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science and
Master of Athletic Training programs increase the number of
graduate offerings at the university to 29, with additional
programs expected in the coming months.
Both new programs offer a traditional admission option where
students begin coursework after completing their undergraduate
degree at Gannon or elsewhere, as well as an advanced-entry option
whereby students are accepted as high school seniors and transition
seamlessly from the bachelor's to master's program and complete
degree requirements in just five years.
The Master of Science degree, which was first offered in the
summer of 2013, features 36 credits of advanced coursework and
applied experiences in the areas of sport physiology, sport
biomechanics, sport nutrition and sport psychology. Full-time
students can complete the degree in 11 months and may choose either
the thesis track where they will engage in novel, hands-on research
experiences, or a non-thesis track, where they will gain valuable
experience as a strength and conditioning specialist with one of 20
varsity sports at Gannon or other sports teams in the surrounding
area. All coursework is offered in the evening, allowing for
students to maintain full-time employment while pursuing the
The Master of Athletic Training program, which is currently
accepting students, is slated to begin in the fall of this year.
The program features 52 credits of coursework, including four
intensive clinical experiences both within the Gannon athletic
department or abroad. Students will have the option of finishing
second- year coursework online while completing their final two
clinical experiences. Similar to the Master of Science program, the
entry-level program has both a two-year post-baccalaureate option
for those who have completed an undergraduate degree, as well as a
five-year option for qualified students who enter as freshmen.
Students in the Master of Athletic Training program will gain
valuable knowledge of the mechanics of sports injury, the
rehabilitation process and will work hands-on with competition
For sport and exercise science department chair and
assistant professor, Jay Willow, Ph.D., the creation of the
programs was a natural progression toward the continued development
of a successful department. "Our graduates have excelled at the
graduate level, which is a testament to both the abilities of the
student as well as to the expertise and passion of our faculty.
With the growth of the undergraduate program and the successes that
our students have achieved after leaving Gannon, we felt that it
was only natural that we build upon our strengths and offer
graduate level education right here at home," Willow said.
The new degree options come at an exciting time at Gannon, as
renovation continues at the on-campus Recreation Center.
Renovations include the addition of state-of-the-art human
performance testing facilities. Said Willow, "Couple the new
graduate programs with the modernization of the Recreation Center,
and you have a very bright future for current and future students
who are passionate about sport, fitness and physical