Master of Science in Allied Health – Exercise and Health Science

Learn More. Gain a Competitive Advantage. Reach Your Career Goals.

Program Highlights

  • Command higher pay and stand out from your colleagues with a masters degree
  • Learn the “hows” and “whys” of helping people embrace healthy living
  • Hybrid of online and classroom learning makes this program convenient for the working professional
  • Experiential learning puts you on the front lines of organizations focused on health and wellness

Health and wellness professionals are in great demand as corporate wellness programs increase and more emphasis is placed on controlling healthcare costs.  But it is a highly competitive field. A Master of Science in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science from Otterbein University will help you stand out and help maximize your career potential.

Our program will teach you the “hows” and “whys” of helping people embrace healthy living. An intense focus on evidence-based practice, and how to use this knowledge to put an action plan in place, is at the core of our curriculum. Graduates come out of our program with an acute understanding of how to apply healthy living principles when working with individuals or large organizations striving to achieve wellness goals.

If you’re a high school coach, personal trainer, exercise physiologist  or a wellness coach, then you’ll find our Masters of Science in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science a relevant and inspiring path toward excelling in your career.

Your Experience at Otterbein

Otterbein’s Master of Science in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science combines both online and classroom learning. You’ll appreciate our commitment to experiential learning by combining lectures and traditional classroom exercises with embedded opportunities to support actual community healthcare initiatives. Our curriculum is customizable based on your interests, goals and career choices, helping you to apply your degree to your career goal immediately.

Completion of your degree is fulfilled by choosing to either complete a research thesis or take on a hands-on practicum project relevant to exercise and health science.

Brett Jones
Graduate Recruiter
Phone: 614-823-1500

Robert Braun
Allied Health Program Graduate Director

Exercise and Health Science Curriculum

All students earning their Master of Science in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science must complete the “core” requirements (15 hours) in addition to:

Advanced Practice Content Courses (6 Hours)
MSAH 5150 3 hrs Advanced Strength & Conditioning
MSAH 6450 3 hrs Foundations and Theory of Health Behavior
Thesis or Advanced Practicum – 6 hours (choose one)
MSAH 6900 3 hrs Advanced Clinical Practicum
MSAH 7000 3 hrs Thesis
Electives – 3 hours (choose one)
MSAH 5660 3 hrs Applied Performance Nutrition
MSAH 5025 3 hrs Wellcoaches Health Coaching

(Visit course catalog for more elective course options)

Total Credit Hours: 30 hours

Tuition & Financial Aid

Master of Science in Allied Health Scholarships Available

The Master of Science in Allied Health program offers merit-based scholarships to top candidates when admitted. All MSAH candidates will be considered. Scholarships can be renewed for second year based on performance.

For consideration, the candidate must provide:

  1. Academic merit based on GPA greater than 3.5
  2. GPA of 3.5 must be maintained throughout academic year to continue to receive discount
  3. Three letters of support defining ability to perform at a high academic level

The Otterbein Advantage Scholarships

Otterbein University is proud to partner with employers throughout Ohio to offer scholarships and special educational benefits to employees of partner institutions and as well as to their spouses/partners and dependent children. To learn more about these scholarships and to find out if you are eligible, visit our Advantage Scholarships page.

We know your time and money are valuable, which is why Otterbein has structured the Master of Science in Allied Health curriculum to provide an exceptional education in a reasonable time frame, with affordable tuition. Getting a first-rate graduate education has never been more affordable!

Here you will find all the information you need about tuition, fees, and payment options for the Master of Science in Allied Health program.

Current Tuition

Payment Options

In order to help you manage your graduate school expenses we offer a deferred payment plan and a 4 part payment plan. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.

The Business Office will send you a bill every semester. You have two payment options:

  1. To pay with a check or money order, send it along with the invoice to Otterbein University Business Office, One Otterbein University, Westerville, OH 43081.
  2. Pay online with check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). The link to our secure payment gateway is on My O-Zone.

Finance your education

Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

Applying for Financial Aid at Otterbein

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
  2. Complete the Institutional Aid Form.

There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.
Additional information can be found on the Otterbein University Office of Student Financial Services site.

How to Apply

Get Started Now

With rolling admission, you can apply to begin your studies any term throughout the year.

To ensure that you will be in classes with other high-achieving and motivated students, the admission process is selective. We require Master of Science in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science, or Master of Science in Allied Health in Healthcare Administration candidates to have:

  • Earned a four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • Professional experience,
  • Complete and submit official GRE scores (if undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0),
  • 2 letters of recommendation from professional sources,
  • Submit a Personal essay (describe personal goals and how your experience relates to the pursuit of this degree).

How to Apply

Below is the admission checklist for the Master of Science in Allied Health programs at Otterbein University. Materials should be mailed to The Graduate School at 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081; or emailed to

  1. Complete the online application. (available here)
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions directly to the Graduate School.
    a. Evidence of a capacity for graduate study. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work is required.
  3. Submit official GRE scores (if required).
  4. 2 letters of recommendation (use this form)
  5. Professional resume.
  6. Personal essay. (Describe personal goals and how your experience relates to the pursuit of this degree)
  7. Personal interview (optional, at the discretion of the Program Director).

If you have any questions during the process, please do not hesitate to contact us at Our faculty and staff are here to assist you throughout the application process.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Provide Allied Health professionals with advanced leadership skills which will enable practitioners to advance their knowledge related to leadership, ethical and advocacy issues within their respective professional areas. Engaged
2. Provide Allied Health professionals with a foundation to plan and evaluate programming within their respective Allied Health areas. Knowledgeable
3. Students will able to understand and utilize Evidence-Based Practice knowledge in the development of a clinically or thesis based capstone project. b)Students will develop and deliver a professional research presentation. Multi-literate, Inquisitive
4. Students will develop an appreciation for life-long learning skills (critical thinking, ability to reflect, etc.) that entail understanding that their respective profession is always evolving. Responsible
5. Students will connect the foundational knowledge obtained with related clinical or practical experience through direct involvement in the students’ respective area of Allied Health. Responsible
6. Active involvement and engagement of community health care leaders with the students. Responsible
7. Engage students in the use evidence, technology, databases and research methods to produce publishable capstone projects. Engaged, Inquisitive
8. Students will be able to adequately develop a needs assessment including identifying strengths, challenges and potential for growth within their respective area of study. Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Inquisitive
9. Student will develop and identify a leadership style based on theory and personal characteristics Engaged, Responsible

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.