The Exercise Physiology degree program designed to prepare students for several professional avenues. Health and
Fitness practitioners work in environments such as fitness facilities and
community centers/organizations. Strength and conditioning specialists work
with athletes for performance enhancement on professional, intercollegiate, or
secondary school athletic programs. Clinical physiologists facilitate medically
supervised exercise programs for persons with chronic disease including
cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. Graduates from the Exercise Physiology
program have also gone on to pursue terminal doctoral degrees in the exercise
sciences or used the master’s program as a launching point for admission into
post-graduate allied health professions such as physician assistant, physical
therapists, and medical school.
The Graduate Exercise Physiology degree program
takes about two years to complete. Each student in the program is required to
complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours, which include:
Required Core (9 hours)
- HSC 632 - Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology 3(3-0)
- HSC 633 - Neuromuscular Physiology of Exercise 3(3-0)
- HSC 634 - Experimental Design in Exercise Science 3(3-0)
Required Courses (9 hours)
- HSC 635 - Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System 3(3-0)
- HSC 638 - Endocrine and Metabolic Response to Exercise 3(3-0)
- HSC 637 - Advanced Exercise Physiology 3(2-2)
Elective Courses (6-9 hours)
- One of two capstone research experiences, Plan A or Plan B
Credit hours in the electives vary depending on whether a Plan A thesis (6 credits) or Plan B research study (3 credits) is selected.
The department reviews all applications and submitted documents in making a determination on admission and makes such recommendations to the College of Graduate Studies.
- Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average of 3.0. Applicants who possess an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.
- Applicants must have completed at least one course in exercise physiology (CMU equivalent: HSC 308).
- Applicants must submit general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English language competency using one of the methods outlined by the College of Graduate Studies. (https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/program/nutr/Pages/TOEFL-English-Requirements.aspx .
- Applicants must submit an application, submit transcripts from all academic institutions attended, and submit two reference letters.
- Students must achieve a 3.00 GPA to graduate and may not have more than two C or C+ grades in required classes to graduate.
- Students who may be admitted conditionally must demonstrate during the first semester that can achieve a 3.00 GPA. Grades of C- or less do not count for graduation.
- Students who do not maintain a 3.00 GPA or who have more than two C or C+ grades in required classes may be placed on academic probation. Continued academic probation in multiple terms may be considered in determining whether a student will be allowed to continue in the program.
- Students will be allowed to repeat a course no more than two times in order to improve the grade.