University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Clinical Exercise Physiology - Master of Science (MS)

This Master of Science degree option is focused on training students for clinical and research careers in the role of exercise and physical activity to prevent and treat chronic health-related conditions. The focus is primarily on clinical and translational applications of exercise physiology across multiple populations, rather than focusing solely on sport performance applications, which uniquely positions our program within the University, regionally, and nationally.

With both a non-thesis and thesis option, students will have strong foundational knowledge to pursue related careers or to enhance their ability to compete for admission to high-quality doctoral programs. Careers include:

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • diabetes prevention
  • cancer prevention and rehabilitation
  • obesity prevention and treatment
  • other health, fitness, and exercise related careers

Moreover, this would prepare students to be competitive for additional training programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related disciplines.

Degree Options
Upon admission to the program and with consultation from Health and Physical Activity faculty members, students can choose between thesis or non-thesis tracks.

  • Non-thesis: minimum of 30 credits (completed in <12 months)
  • Thesis: minimum of 36 credits (18-24 months to complete)
Program Deadline
Rolling admissions with priority given to applications received by January 15 for all applicable graduate assistantships.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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