Exercise Physiology (MS)

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Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (EXP MS)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Health and Sport Sciences
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/ms-ep

Program Information

General Program Information

Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology are prepared to pursue a number of career options. Graduates from our program have continued their education by completing the PhD degree in fields such as exercise physiology, physiology, biochemistry, while others continue to the MD. Many students have pursued careers in allied health fields such as nursing and physical therapy as well as in such fields as aviation physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, and ergonomics. 

Because many of our students seek to work in the fields of cardiac rehabilitation and corporate wellness, the curriculum is structured to satisfy the preliminary requirements for certification as "exercise technologist" or "exercise specialist" as set by the American College of Sports Medicine. The curriculum provides students the necessary knowledge base and coursework to satisfy entrance into the certification process (which is under control of the American College of Sports Medicine and requires both a written and practical exam).

Admission Requirements

Admission will be based on a holistic approach using minimum GPA and GRE requirements, prior coursework (including GPA in science classes), experience, three letters of recommendation, resume, and a personal statement explaining interest in the program and long term objectives.  A variety of undergraduate majors are acceptable, including exercise science, biology, chemistry, physiology, nursing, etc. 

In addition, the student must complete the application procedure as required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  Students are recommended to have earned a grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4-point scale in their undergraduate program.  Average GRE scores for successful student usually range from composite scores of 293-310 (Verbal and Quantitative sections combined) and 4.0-4.5 on the Analytical section.  Admission to the program is competitive.

Degree Requirements

MS in Exercise Physiology students choose from multiple degree options: 1) a Thesis Option; 2) a Non-Thesis, Clinical Option; 3) a concentration in Strength and Conditioning with a Thesis Option; and 4) a concentration in Strength and Conditioning, Non-Thesis Option.

New applications to the Thesis Option of the Strength and Conditioning concentration are not being accepted at this time.

Thesis Option

(with prior Organic Chemistry)

The MS thesis option requires a minimum of 42 credit hours of course work, which includes six (6) credit hours devoted to completion of the thesis. Students in this option are required to actively participate in all phases of research within the laboratory. The thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years. To complete the MS in Exercise Physiology, a minimum of 23 credit hours must be at the 600 level or above

Admission Requirements: Organic Chemistry with Lab

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
EXP 501 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 601 Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
PHZB 605 Systemic Physiology I 5
 Hours11
Spring
EXP 502 Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EXP 600 Physiology of Exercise 3
PHZB 606 Systemic Physiology II 5
 Hours11
Year 2
Fall
HSS 604 Research Methods in HSS 3
EXP 603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 3
CHEM 645 Advanced Biochemistry I 4
 Hours10
Spring
CHEM 647 Advanced Biochemistry II 4
EXP 699 Thesis 6
 Hours10
 Minimum Total Hours42

Non-Thesis Clinical Option

The MS non-thesis option emphasizes the use of exercise as a clinical intervention. This option is heavily slanted toward improved cardiovascular health and cardiovascular rehabilitation through the use of exercise.

Students in this option must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work. The non-thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years.

Core
EXP 501Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP 601Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 605Human Physiology3
EXP 502Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription3
EXP 600Physiology of Exercise3
EXP 604Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology3
HSS 604Research Methods in HSS3
EXP 603Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
Clinical Concentration
EXP 503Clinical Exercise Physiology3
EXP 611Principles of Electrocardiography (EKG)3
EXP 620Exercise Physiology Clinical Internship6
Minimum Total Hours36

Thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

No applications are being accepted.

Core
HSS 604Research Methods in HSS3
EXP 501Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP 502Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription3
EXP 600Physiology of Exercise3
EXP 601Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 603Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 604Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 605Human Physiology3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Thesis Option
HSS 530Nutrition and Athletic Performance3
EXP 607Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology3
EXP 608Strength and Conditioning I3
EXP 699Thesis6
Minimum Total Hours39

Non-thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

Core
HSS 604Research Methods in HSS3
EXP 501Applied Exercise Physiology3
EXP 502Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription3
EXP 600Physiology of Exercise3
EXP 601Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 603Seminar in Exercise Physiology3
EXP 605Human Physiology3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Non-Thesis Option
HSS 530Nutrition and Athletic Performance3
EXP 607Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology3
EXP 608Strength and Conditioning I3
EXP 609Strength and Conditioning II3
EXP 620Exercise Physiology Clinical Internship3-6
Minimum Total Hours36-39