ESS Program Discontinuation

The University of Western States Board of Trustees held the annual board meeting in February 2019. The board reviewed materials provided by the administration regarding the sustainability of the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) program.

After careful review of the sustainability report and much deliberation by the board and administration, a decision was made to discontinue the exercise and sport science master’s degree program, with a projected closure date of December 2019. No further cohorts of students will be admitted. Should currently enrolled students need additional time to complete the program, the university will provide reasonable opportunities for completion.

University of Western States wishes to thank all of our ESS graduates, faculty and staff who have participated in the program over the last decade. We are proud of all you have accomplished. You remain a valued part of the UWS community.

Helpful information:

  • This decision is related to the ESS program only. It has no impact on the Master of Science in Sports Medicine program.
  • Classes will continue to be offered to students enrolled in the program.
  • UWS will not be accepting future enrollments into the ESS program.
  • Transcripts will continue to be available to any students who have enrolled or graduated from the ESS program from its inception.
  • Alumni will still have access to a variety of UWS resources including alumni services and professional development resources.

Program Discontinuation FAQs

Current Students

Does this mean I won’t get my degree?

The university is committed to providing program courses for an appropriate amount of time to allow currently enrolled students to finish the program. Should currently enrolled students need additional time to complete the program, the university will provide reasonable opportunities for completion.

How long will I have to finish my classes?

The program director and dean will work with each enrolled student to create a degree completion plan. Should currently enrolled students need additional time beyond that plan to complete the program, the university will provide reasonable opportunities for completion.

Can I still participate in the commencement ceremony?
Yes! The university would love to celebrate your accomplishment with you at our commencement ceremony in June or December. When you are close to completion, you will receive an email from [email protected] to verify your participation in the ceremony.

How will I get my transcripts?

Transcripts will continue to be available to any students who have enrolled or graduated from the ESS program from its inception at www.uws.edu/registrar.

Does this impact the sports medicine master’s degree program?

No. UWS will continue to offer the MS in sports medicine degree, under the direction of Dr. Tim Ray.

From its inception until 2015, the exercise and sport science master’s degree program included the sports medicine master’s degree as a concentration. In 2015 the sports medicine concentration was extracted from the ESS program and our current master’s in sports medicine program was created as a distinct program. The discontinuation decision only relates to the ESS program with concentrations in health and wellness promotion, and nutrition.

Prospective Students

Does that mean I can’t attend UWS?

We offer a variety of degrees including:

  • doctor of chiropractic
  • sports medicine (master’s)
  • sport and performance psychology (master’s and doctoral)
  • clinical mental health counseling (master’s and doctoral)
  • human nutrition and functional medicine (master’s)

Our admissions advisors will be happy to talk with you to see if any are a fit for your educational needs and interests.

Alumni

Does this impact the sports medicine master’s degree program?

No. UWS will continue to offer the MS in sports medicine degree, under the direction of Dr. Tim Ray.

From its inception until 2015, the exercise and sport science master’s degree program included the sports medicine master’s degree as a concentration. In 2015 the sports medicine concentration was extracted from the ESS program and our current master’s in sports medicine program was created as a distinct program. The discontinuation decision only relates to the ESS program with concentrations in health and wellness promotion, and nutrition.

Will I still be able to access alumni services?

Alumni will still have access to a variety of UWS resources including alumni services and professional development resources.

How will I get my transcripts?

Transcripts will continue to be available to any students who have enrolled or graduated from the ESS program from its inception at www.uws.edu/registrar.