Exercise Physiology

Master’s Program

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

The Exercise Physiology program in the Department of Kinesiology offers three master’s degree programs that are structured around a broad science-based curriculum:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) with Thesis (minimum of 30 credit hours);
  • Master of Science (M.S.) with Report (minimum of 33 credit hours);
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) without Thesis or Report (minimum of 36 credit hours)

The M.Ed. is a practical program that prepares students to work in clinical rehabilitation, sport science and nutrition fields.

Our research-driven M.S. program pairs students with a faculty mentor. Students will carry out research in various topics studying acute and chronic exercise responses and adaptations related to metabolic and cardiovascular health in people who are physically inactive, aged or diseased. Those who wish to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in exercise physiology are encouraged to take this route.

Applicants interested in pursuing an M.S. are strongly encouraged to contact the professor conducting research that matches their research interests.

Each program includes coursework that covers a variety of topics such as cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, neuromuscular, and endocrine physiology involved in both acute and chronic exercises.

An M.S. with thesis provides a research-oriented option to students wishing to make an original contribution to research in the field of exercise physiology. A master’s thesis should be the result of an independent work that represents original research and critical analysis. Students pursuing an M.S. with report must complete a suitable technical project that culminates in a professional-level written report that includes a literature review.   

Alternatively, students can pursue an M.Ed. which focuses on coursework. This option prepares students for a career in exercise science. M.Ed. students will come out of the program ready to work in clinical fields that require expertise in exercise physiology.

Each student will take a set of required courses and electives from within the department. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with their adviser to select supporting coursework from outside of the Kinesiology and Health Education Department.

Central Research Themes

Admissions Requirements


Degree Requirements

Master of Education and Master of Science with Report

Master of Science with Thesis

Program Resources



Labs and Research Areas

At a Glance

Program Starts: Fall, Spring

Deadline to Apply:
Fall Priority: December 1
Fall Final: May 1
Spring Final: October 1

Credit Hours Required:
M.S with thesis.: 30 hours
M.S with report.: 33 hours
M.Ed.: 36 hours

Program Location: On Campus

GRE Required? No

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Program Director
Hirofumi Tanaka

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