The exercise physiology concentration (MS) involves the study of the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the human body. Students may elect to do internships in cardiac rehabilitation at several area hospitals and are encouraged to take the ACSM Exercise Specialist® exam upon graduation. Graduate students collaborate with exercise physiology faculty members to perform research in the areas of physical activity assessment, metabolism, the health benefits of exercise, body composition assessment, and pediatric obesity.
Ten to fifteen students are admitted to the master’s program each year. Admissions decisions are made on a number of criteria, as outlined below. All applicants need to have the required pre-requisite courses before starting the program. The applicant may be admitted conditionally if missing a few courses as long as all are completed before the entering semester. Submission of official transcripts for the missing courses to the graduate admissions coordinator will be required if this is the case.
- Two semesters of general chemistry
- One semester each of:
- human anatomy or biomechanics or kinesiology
- human physiology
- statistics or calculus
Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate work to be considered (or at least in the senior year). We then look at the applicant’s writing ability and answers to the supplemental application questions (career plan and research interests, for example) in considering students who might be a good fit for our program. Rating forms/letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate work are also given serious consideration. Master’s candidates are not required to take the GRE, but scores will be considered if submitted.