Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

The Master of Science degree program in Exercise Physiology is designed to prepare students to access key positions in the health, fitness, athletics, rehabilitation and research fields and to empower them with the knowledge and hands-on experiences to make a successful transition into post-graduate work. Students are encouraged to think critically and apply evidenced-based practices to address health and fitness issues.

Program Description
The program consists of classroom and laboratory courses designed to develop exercise physiologists as critical thinkers, healthcare professionals, and researchers. Students will be prepared to assist in the ongoing development of programs in health and wellness, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, hospital-based clinical research and fitness programs that evaluate athletes and human performance activities. The program also prepares the students for advanced graduate work. The full-time Exercise Physiology graduate program is a 32-credit concentrated one-year academic degree. Students begin the program in the fall semester and are scheduled to complete the degree at the end of the summer session.

Admission Requirements
Students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A major or a concentration in exercise physiology or exercise science is preferred. Students should have undergraduate course work in the science areas including kinesiology and exercise physiology. When these courses are lacking, it is expected that students will make up the deficiencies. A student may be admitted to the program contingent upon successful completion of undergraduate deficiencies. Although not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that applicants have some academic background in statistics, research methods, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry.

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 in undergraduate coursework and have completed (or will complete) a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in this program. The application is online and can be found with detailed instructions on the Graduate Admissions page for Exercise Physiology.  An essay describing career goals, previous experiences, and research interests is uploaded to the online application.  The application also requests contact information for two people who can submit recommendations on the applicant's behalf. Official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate cousework must be mailed from each institiution attended directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree Requirements
Students enrolled on a full-time basis must complete all courses in sequence. Part-time students must consult with the chair of the department to identify the appropriate course(s) to take each semester. Following completion of the academic component of the program (24 credits), the student chooses either the internship track or the thesis track (8 credits each). Internship experiences will be arranged through the program's clinical coordinator at places of interest throughout the United States.

Credit towards the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during both semesters. If approved by The College of St. Scholastica, a maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from an accredited graduate program. Once enrolled in the program, students must receive prior approval from the chair of the department for the course(s) to be taken at another university with the expectation of transfer. Evidence of progress means registration in a minimum of one course per semester during the academic year. The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology graduate program must be completed within seven years. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze the three dimensional relationship of anatomical structures (muscle, bone, nerves, blood vessels) at specific body regions for function.
  2. Prescribe appropriate exercise protocols (prescriptions) for individuals across the human spectrum (age, gender, athletes, diseased, etc.).
  3. Select and perform the appropriate cardiopulmonary, cardiovascular and/or musculoskeletal assessments across the human spectrum with a focus on test selection and administration, pre-participation screening and risk stratification, risk management, emergency response procedures, and evaluation of results.
  4. Compare the human body's adaptation to acute and chronic exercise under standard and nonstandard environmental conditions with respect to variations in physiological variables and regulatory mechanisms across the human spectrum.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and effective written and oral communication skills in academic and professional settings.

The Exercise Physiology academic program consists of the following graduate courses:
EXP 6521: Functional Anatomy 3 cr.
EXP 6522: Biochemistry, Nutrition and Exercise 3 cr.
EXP 6531: Applied Exercise Physiology 3 cr.
EXP 6532: Physiological Assessment 3 cr.
EXP 6535: Cardiovascular Physiology 3 cr.
EXP 6536: Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 cr.
EXP 6538: Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography 3 cr.
EXP 6542: Strength Training, Conditioning 3 cr.
EXP 6555: Internship 8 cr.
EXP 6888: Thesis 8 cr.