Master of Science

The M.S. in Exercise Physiology prepares students for a wide variety of career options within the field of exercise physiology including exercise prescription and research, as well as doctoral study. The M.S. in Exercise Physiology is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program.

Requisite Coursework

In addition to a baccalaureate degree applicants are expected to have substantial preparation in the sciences which usually includes coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. Evaluation of requisite coursework is made at the time of admission to the concentration. A limited number of deficiencies may be completed while enrolled as a graduate student, but these will not count toward completion of the M.S. degree. Graduate coursework completed at other institutions may be considered for transfer credit consistent with University Graduate Studies procedures. Application for transfer hours should be submitted along with the regular application materials. The student's advisor must approve substitution(s) of coursework or any program related changes (e.g. option, advisor), using the "Request for Adjustment in Student Program Requirements." Applicant's are encouraged to include how their career goals align with our program in terms of our courses and/or our research when applying to our STEM program. 

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Athletic Training Concentration

The Athletic Training concentration is designed to serve the needs of post-certification (or certification-pending) students who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the athletic training profession while pursuing a master's degree. Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced clinical and academic training while obtaining knowledge and skills relative to effective clinical instruction and supervision. Advanced research skills are also a critical component to this advanced track program. Opportunities to perform research independently and/or in conjunction with program faculty are widely available.

Departmental Requirements: (6 credit hours)

  • ATTR 53018 Ethics for Allied Health Professionals (3)
  • EXPH 63050 Research Processes in Ath. Train & Ex Phys (3)

Concentration Requirements: (10 credit hours)

  • EXPH 75081 Energy Metabolism and Body Composition (3)   or
    • EXPH 75083 Exercise Energy Metabolism (3)
  • EXPH 75082 Cardiorespiratory Function (3)   or
    • EXPH 75084 Cardiovascular-Respiratory Dynamics During Exercise (3)
  • EXPH 63051 Quant. & Res. Methods in Ath. Train & Ex Phys (3)
  • EXPH 63095 Research Seminar (1)

Thesis / Non-Thesis Options

Thesis Option
Requires completion of a thesis project for which the student must first register for six hours (not necessarily all at one time) of EXPH 63199 (Thesis I) credit, subsequently maintaining continuous registration in EXPH 63299 (Thesis II) until completion of the thesis.  A nominal fee is assessed for registration in EXPH 63299.

  • EXPH 63199 Thesis I (6)
  • EXPH 63299 Thesis II (2)

Non-Thesis Option
Requires completion of a combination of six hours of graduate credit as identified below.

  • EXPH 63098 Research (3)
  • EXPH 65192 Internship in Ex Phys (3 or 6)

Electives: (12 credit hours)

Electives may be selected from a wide variety of graduate courses offered throughout the university. Students should check course prerequisites before planning to include a particular course in the program of study. It is expected that students will take at least one course outside the School of Health Sciences.  The following list of possible elective courses are suggestions and do not include all courses which may be relevant to the student's academic program.  

From the School of Health Sciences

  • EXPH 50612 Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult
  • EXPH 55070 ECG for Ex Physiologist
  • EXPH 55065 Exercise Testing
  • EXPH 55080 Physiology of Exercise
  • EXPH 60610 Physiology of Aging
  • EXPH 63098 Research
  • EXPH 65075 Muscle Function and Exercise
  • EXPH 65076 Environmental Stress and Exercise
  • EXPH 65080 Physiological Basis of Exercise
  • EXPH 65086 Neurobiology of Movement
  • EXPH 65192 Internship in Ex Phys
  • NUTR 63518 Advanced Sports Nutrition
  • NUTR 63520 Macronutrient Nutrition

From the School of Biomedical Sciences

  • BMS 60267 Molecular Pathology I
  • BMS 60710 Functional Neuroanatomy
  • BMS 60268 Molecular Pathology II
  • BMS 68610 Human Gross Anatomy I
  • BMS 68611 Human Gross Anatomy II
  • BMS 60449 Medical Physiology I
  • BMS 60450 Medical Physiology II

From the Biological Sciences and Chemistry

  • BSCI 50020 Biology of Aging
  • BSCI 50142 Bioenergetics
  • BSCI 50432 Endocrinology
  • BSCI 50433 Mammalian Phys. I
  • BSCI 50434 Mammalian Phys. II (+ 50445: Lab II)
  • CHEM 50247 Principles of Biochemistry
  • BSCI 60431 Neuroendocrinology

Other electives may be completed, subject to approval of the faculty advisor.

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Have any questions? Contact program coordinator Dr. Derek Kingsley at or 330-672-0222.NSCA ERP