Degree Requirements and Courses for Exercise Physiology Master's Students

Specific requirements for each master’s degree program are outlined below. All organized graduate courses (i.e., not including Directed Research) taken in Exercise Physiology must be taken for a letter grade. Courses taken outside of Exercise Physiology may be taken on a credit/no credit basis (with advisor’s approval), as allowed by the Graduate School (i.e., no more than 6 credit hours, or 20% of the hours on the Program of Work).

    Master of Education (M.Ed.) without Thesis or Report (minimum 36 hrs)

    • 3 hrs of advisor-approved graduate statistics or research methods course
      • Either KIN 386 Proposal Writing or KIN 395 Statistical Methods in Education and Health or advisor-approved graduate statistics course (see flowchart)
    • 15 hrs of core exercise physiology courses that include:
      • KIN 395 Cardiovascular Responses and Adaptations to Exercise
      • KIN 395 Human Cardiovascular and Autonomic Physiology
      • KIN 395 Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
      • KIN 395 Sports Nutrition
      • KIN 395 Endocrine Physiology
    • 15 additional hrs of advisor-approved coursework, of which:
      • No more than 9 hrs of "Independent Study" (e.g., KIN 396T or 397)
      • No more than 6 hrs may be taken outside the department.
    • 3 hrs of Internship or culminating experience (e.g., KIN 397P)

    The internship is typically taken in the final semester after the completion of all course work. This experience gives students the opportunity to apply their cumulative knowledge and skills from their program. The internship provides a supervised practical opportunity to work in a community, school, worksite, or health care setting. Each internship is supervised by the student's faculty advisor and an on-site supervisor.  The students are required to devote a minimum of 9 hours/week and have the internship host to sign the approval form.

    Masters of Science (M.S.) with Report (minimum 33 hrs)

    • 3 hrs of advisor-approved graduate statistics or research methods course
      • Either KIN 386 Proposal Writing or KIN 395 Statistical Methods in Education and Health or advisor-approved graduate statistics course (see flowchart)
    • 15 hrs of core exercise physiology courses that include:
      • KIN 395 Cardiovascular Responses and Adaptations to Exercise
      • KIN 395 Human Cardiovascular and Autonomic Physiology
      • KIN 395 Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
      • KIN 395 Sports Nutrition
      • KIN 395 Endocrine Physiology
    • 9 hrs of advisor-approved coursework, of which:
      • No more than 6 hrs may be taken outside the department.
    • 3 hrs of KIN 396T Directed Research
    • 3 hrs of KIN 398R Report

    Master of Science (M.S.) with Thesis (minimum 30 hrs)

    • 3 hrs of KIN 382 Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology
    • 3 hrs of KIN 386 Research Methods "Proposal Writing" or "Grant Writing" (upper-division masters students only)
    • At least 3 hrs of advisor-approved graduate statistics course (see flowchart) or KIN 395 Statistical Methods in Education and Health
    • 15 hrs of core exercise physiology courses that include:
      • KIN 395 Cardiovascular Responses and Adaptations to Exercise
      • KIN 395 Human Cardiovascular and Autonomic Physiology
      • KIN 395 Pulmonary Exercise Physiology
      • KIN 395 Sports Nutrition
      • KIN 395 Endocrine Physiology
    • 6 hrs of KIN 698A & 698B - Thesis

    The Master’s Science degree requires students to focus on research in the form of a thesis. Students must enroll in KIN 698A and KIN 698B across the final two semesters of the program. KIN 698A and 698B cannot be taken during the same semester. The student should be responsible for the original, final product (data collection, analyses, etc.). The final thesis must be approved by the Faculty Advisor and a second faculty member (i.e., the reader). All students must present their thesis research at the Kinesiology and Health Education Thesis Presentation Day, typically the last Friday of the semester. See Thesis Timeline.

    Department Courses (Electives)

    Organized Courses in Exercise Physiology

    • KIN 395 Aging and Cardiovascular/Disease Risks
    • KIN 395 Conditioning for Competitive Athletics
    • KIN 395 Environmental Physiology
    • KIN 395 Ergogenic aids for exercise
    • KIN 395 Exercise and Preventive Medicine
    • KIN 395 Exercise as Medicine
    • KIN 395 Human Anatomy Dissection
    • KIN 395 Physical Activity and Public Health

    Sample Graduate Statistics Courses

    • KIN 395 Statistical Methods in Education and Health
    • EDP 380C Fundamental Statistics
    • EDP 480C Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data
    • EDP 482K Experimental Design and Statistical Inference
    • EDP 480C Correlation and Regression
    • EDP 380C Survey of Multivariate Methods
    • SSC 382 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • SSC 385 Topics in Applied Statistics: Experimental Design
    • SSC 385 Topics in Applied Statistics: Applied Regression
    • SSC 385 Topics in Applied Statistics: Applied Multivariate Methods

    Research Methods Course Options

    • KIN 386 Research Methods: Proposal Writing
    • KIN 386 Research Methods: Grant Writing
    • KIN 386 Research Methods: Applied Research Techniques

    Laboratory Techniques Course

    • KIN 382 Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology

    Sample Non-department Courses

    Exercise Physiology students have taken a variety of non-departmental courses to complement their degree plans and programs of study.

    • ANT 391L Analysis of Primate Anatomy
    • ANT 392L Physical Anthropology: Morphology/Evolution
    • BCH 395J Genes/Genomes/Gene Expression
    • BIO 365S Human Systems Physiology
    • BIO 382K Informatics/Data Analyses Life Science
    • BIO 384K Human Variation
    • BME 385J Adv Oral Comm Intl Eng Stud
    • BME 385J Adv Written Comm Intl Eng Stud
    • N 382 Sociocultural Influences on Health
    • N 396C Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NEU 185D Responsible Conduct of Science
    • NEU 383C Functional Neuroanatomy
    • NEU 383T Principles of Neuroscience II
    • NEU 385L Neurobiology of Disease
    • NEU 394P Career Dev for Neuroscientists
    • NEU 394P Grant Writing Behavioral Biological Science
    • NEU 394P Sensory Motor Systems
    • NEU 482T Principles of Neuroscience I
    • NTR 390 Molecular Nutritional Science
    • NTR 390 Principles of Epidemiology in Nutritional Science
    • PGS 384S Introduction to Epidemiology
    • PGS 384T Advanced Epidemiology
    • PGS 386C Cellular/Systems Physiology I
    • PGS 386D Cellular/System Physiology II
    • PGS 388C Intro Bioorganic Chemistry
    • PSY 184R Data Analysis with R
    • PSY387S Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience
    • SOC 389K Human Mortality
    • SOC 395J Gender, Health, and Society
    • SOC 395L Race and the Body