Exercise Physiology - M.S. and Ph.D.
|COLLEGE:||College of Education, Health and Human Services
|DEPARTMENT:||School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
For more information contact:
Exercise Physiology Program Coordinator
|DESCRIPTION:||Graduates of the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology are prepared for a wide variety of career options, including exercise prescription and research, as well as doctoral study. Degree applicants are expected to have substantial preparation in the sciences, usually including coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology. Representative faculty research includes the areas of body composition, metabolism/nutritional requirements, environment, clinical exercise physiology and the psychophysiology of aging as it is influenced by physical activity and fitness. Athletic training faculty also support the degree path with their areas of expertise in clinical and educational research in the field of athletic training.
An advanced-track master's concentration in Athletic Training designed to serve the needs of post-certification (or certification pending) student who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the athletic training profession while pursuing a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. Athletic Training serves to provide post-certification athletic trainers a higher level of specialization in athletic training and prepares them for advanced study if they pursue a doctorate. This comprehensive program assures mastery of specified knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the field of athletic training. Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced clinical and academic training while obtaining knowledge and skills relative to effective clinical instruction and supervision. Advanced research skills are also a critical component to this advanced track program. Opportunities to perform research independently and/or in conjunction with program faculty are widely available.
The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology prepares students for a wide variety of career options, including exercise prescription and research, as well as doctoral study. The program develops the competencies needed for those who intend to teach exercise physiology, pursue research or apply exercise physiology in practice.
|Minimum requirements for entry into the M.S. program is a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale); a GRE of 1000; an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or equivalent preparation; official transcript(s); goal statement and two letters of recommendation. Admission into the Ph.D. also requires an interview.|
|M.S.: The minimum credit-hour requirement for the masters is 34 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. However, only in rare instances does a student fulfill the educational and research expectations within this minimum-hour requirement. Any deficiencies in a doctoral student’s academic preparation must be corrected very early in the approved academic program. This degree has both thesis and non-thesis options.
Ph.D.: The minimum credit-hour requirement for the doctorate is 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. However, only in rare instances does a student fulfill the educational and research expectations within this minimum-hour requirement. Any deficiencies in a doctoral student’s academic preparation must be corrected very early in the approved academic program.
|CANDIDACY:||Ph.D.: Students will be required to pass a oral and written candidacy exam after coursework is completed before beginning their dissertation.|
|M.S.: Students in the masters program can chose to do a thesis.
Ph.D.: The dissertation for the doctorate must show that the student has the competency to conduct research in a discriminating and original manner. The quality of the dissertation must be such that one of more articles acceptable for publication in a professional journal may be expected to be derived from it.
|RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES:||M.S.: Students in the masters program are encouraged to include research hours as part of their program.
Ph.D.: Prior to taking the candidacy examination, the student must demonstrate his or her ability to conduct independent research related to the field of exercise physiology. This may be in the form of a completed thesis, an independent study project, or an article published in an acceptable research journal. The acceptability of such evidence is to be determined by faculty advising students in exercise physiology.
|ACCREDITATION:||Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs