The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. The program emphasizes academic preparation in exercise physiology, laboratory experience, exercise leadership experience, knowledge of research methodology, and statistics. Students must complete a thesis in the general area of exercise physiology.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the biological foundations of motor control, explain information processing and learning theories, and evaluate current theories and research related to motor behavior.
  • Explain biomechanical concepts related to human performance and evaluate current research related to biomechanics.
  • Specify physiological responses to exercise for a variety of populations and conditions, and evaluate current exercise physiology research related to human performance.
  • Explain sports medicine concepts and their relationship to human performance, and evaluate current research in sports medicine.
  • Design and implement a research study.
  • Interpret empirical data and communicate effectively in a professional meeting.

Career Possibilities

Graduates are prepared for continued education as well as a career in a wide range of enterprises that include:

  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Employee Fitness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  •  Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Researcher
  • Strength (Sport) and Conditioning Coach


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Master of Science - Exercise Physiology


Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, and practical laboratory and clinical experiences.