Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology

This degree option is focused on training students to prepare for clinical and research careers related to exercise and physical activity to prevent and treat chronic health-related conditions. This degree will prepare students for careers in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention and rehabilitation, obesity prevention and treatment, and other related careers. This degree program will also prepare students to be competitive for additional training programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related disciplines. Students who select to train in research will also have strong foundational knowledge to enhance their ability to compete for admission to high quality doctoral programs.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration:  
    • Full-time students can complete the non-thesis degree requirements in 12 months.   
    • Part-time students can complete the non-thesis degree requirements in 18-24 months. 
    • Students completing a thesis can complete the degree requirements in 18-24 months. 
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall 
  • Course Requirements: 
    • Non-Thesis: 30 credits 
    • Thesis: 36 credits
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission. Priority for graduate assistantships will be given to those applications received by January 15th
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required


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Degree Requirements 

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  • Non-Thesis Requirements 
    • Comprehensive Examination is required based on key courses within the program. A minimum of 80% is required on this comprehensive examination. 
    • Clinical Health-Fitness Practicum is required.
  • Thesis Option Requirements 
    • Comprehensive Examination is required based on key courses within the program. A minimum of 80% is required on this comprehensive examination. 
    • Thesis is required. 

Prerequisites

Applicants need to demonstrate undergraduate coursework in human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, and exercise testing and prescription. Applicants without this training can be admitted provisionally and will be required to take these undergraduate courses prior to full admission. 

Career Pathways

  • Careers in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention and rehabilitation, obesity prevention and treatment, and other related careers.  
  • Preparation for additional training programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related disciplines. 
  • Preparation for admission to high quality doctoral programs.