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Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Department

Make the Move!

The Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Program prepares future leaders in Athletic Training (certification), Exercise Science (personal training, strength training and research), Physical Education (initial licensure, elementary or secondary), Sports Medicine (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician’s assistant) and Adventure Education (recreational administration).  Career preparation centers on student engagement in internships, clinical experiences, research, professional conferences and volunteerism for the development of critical thinking skills. 

  • State-of-the-art facilities -Including human performance laboratories, athletic training center, aerobic studio, fitness and conditioning room, multi-purpose field house with an indoor track and climbing wall. 
  • Research - From faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, offering multiple student opportunities for involvement 
  • Internships - Such as performance training at Strides, community fitness at the YMCA, cardiac rehabilitation at Baystate Medical Center, and strength and conditioning coaching at Yale and Notre Dame Universities. 
  • Volunteer experiences - Including the Boston Marathon, Griffin’s Friends, the Kev Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital and Run Stanley 
  • Opportunities to participate - EMT, athletic training, city and police simulations on campus. 
  • Engagement – Take part in state, regional and national events such as the Convention of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD), New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Conference and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Conference. 
  • Master’s Degree Program in Physical Education - Offers candidates a route to professional licensure. 


Students at the Movement Science Awards

Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Graduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

Movement Science Hall of Fame


Possible futures in Movement Science:

  • Athletic Training
  • Occupational Therapy (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Personal Training
  • Physical Therapy (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Physician Assistant (Sports Medicine Concentration)
  • Adventure Education

Meet Our Alumni

Christine Andrews

Christine Andrews attended her first-ever national conference in Orlando to present her research findings on the relationship between academic and exercise motivation in kinesiology undergraduates. She likened the experience at the meeting to “being a kid in candy store.”

Andrews is considering graduate school in athletic management or nutrition—two areas that would fuel her passion in culinary arts and exercise science.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies Club

    The MSSLS Club provides social and professional experiences relating to Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies through activities.

  • Exercise Science Club

    The Exercise Science Club will provide opportunities for students to engage in activities that support healthy and fit lifestyles.

  • Athletic Training Club

    Members of the Athletic Training Club attend the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Convention annually and bring back valuable hands-on