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Department of Exercise Science and Sports Leadership

The department is grounded in the belief of the dignity of each person. We emphasize the value and importance of physical activity in all people’s lives, and the development of professionals prepared to help everyone achieve maximum individual potential.

Our students have a wide range of opportunities to pursue careers in fitness and wellness, exercise science, allied health, or the sports industry.

Programs of Study

We offer two undergraduate majors which provide foundational knowledge in human movement and human behavior as preparation for graduate school and multiple career opportunities.

Exercise science focuses on the fitness, movement, motor, and sports skills of diverse populations.

Sports Leadership focuses on the administration, planning, and implementation of sports programs and sports-related areas such as marketing, management, and communications.

At the graduate level, we offer a master's degree in Sports Leadership, which focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to lead in the sports industry.



As an exercise science major, you can pursue careers in exercise science, fitness, and wellness upon graduation from John Carroll. Or you can seek a graduate degree in exercise science, fitness, wellness, or allied health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, nutrition, chiropractic medicine, and nursing.

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The Mike Cleary Program in Sports Leadership helps you develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become a leader in a sports-related career of your choice.

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John Carroll University’s Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program prepares students to attain certification and competitively enter careers in the fields of healthcare and sport/human performance.

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Through this program, you will develop the skills needed for a career in the competitive sports industry.

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