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OCU Launches Exercise Science Grad Program, Cancer Research Program

Oklahoma City University will begin offering an Exercise and Sport Science master’s degree and the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program in the fall.

The 36-credit hour graduate  program is designed for students who are seeking to study within a specialized area of the science which includes clinical exercise physiology, sport performance enhancement, and health and fitness promotion.

Director and professor Tom Darling said one of the things that makes the OCU program unique is the opportunity for students to participate in the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program.

“There are other cancer research programs around the country, but most of them are run through university medical centers or research institutions,” Darling said. “The purpose of the program is to mentor students in the study of exercise and its role in cancer prevention, cancer treatment and cancer control.”

Darling said he is hoping to establish a cancer exercise program for cancer survivors and caregivers serving in the community in partnership with the OCU degree. He is also developing a clinical tract in exercise physiology.

Exercise and Sport Science graduate classes will be offered in the evenings, welcoming non-traditional and working students.

For admission requirements and more information about the Exercise and Sport Science master’s degree program, visit the OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences website at or call (405) 208-5094.