Wingate at UCF Master's Program in Sport and Exercise Science

About the Program

The Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness (IEPW) has one of the most advanced exercise performance and lab facilities in the country. Utilizing cutting edge technology as readily as it is available, our labs seek to collect and analyze data to efficiently and accurately accomplish research and further advance the field of exercise science.

Led by:

Jay Hoffman, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D.
David Fukuda, Ph.D.
Bradley Gordon, Ph.D.
Adam Wells, Ph.D.
Janette Garcia, Ph.D.

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Students have the opportunity to learn from the best while making strides to contribute to the field through publications and making essential contributions to research studies. Recently, the IEPW has expanded to the Burnett School of Biomedical Science which houses our Animal Research Facility. This new laboratory expands our ability to perform both translational and mechanistic studies investigating exercise and nutritional intervention during physiological challenges.

Recently, UCF College of Education and Human Performance's Sport and Exercise Science's doctoral program was ranked sixth in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology during its 2015 doctoral program review. In addition, the program was ranked number one in the nation in the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals relative to the number of faculty.

Program Description

This program is conducted at both the Wingate Institute in Israel and at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Applications for this program will be made directly on the UCF Website. Students that are accepted to this program will be enrolled as a cohort. The first semester will be performed in the summer session at the Wingate Institute that is located in Netanya, Israel. Students will then arrive in Orlando for the spring semester and participate in an intensive program that will require 19 credits to be performed during that 16 week semester. Students will then return to Israel to complete the degree during the subsequent summer semester. The program from beginning to end will cover a total of 15 months. The Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science provides an in-depth study of applied human physiology and how it relates to athletic performance and health and wellness across the lifespan. Specific emphasis of study is on sport nutrition, environmental physiology and neuromuscular physiology.

(L-R) Amotz Bachar, Chief Executive Officer of the Wingate Institute, and Dr. Jay Hoffman, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science


The Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science offers thesis and nonthesis options for students. Both options require a minimum of 36 credit hours, with at least 18 credit hours of course work at the 6000 level. Students will complete 15-16 hours at the Wingate Institute in Israel and 20-21 hours at the University of Central Florida. Students selecting the thesis option must receive a commitment from a faculty adviser for approval to do the thesis option in the program.

Students in the nonthesis option are required to take an independent learning experience (PET 6910 Problem Analysis) that involves a detailed literature review specific to a subject area of the student's interest. This work is done with the supervision of graduate faculty. Another option available to nonthesis students is participation in a practicum (PET 6946) that will serve as their culminating graduate experience.