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Exercise Physiology

Program Overview

Our Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program equips you with a deep understanding of the human body and how it responds to exercise. You'll be prepared for a career as a health and fitness practitioner, a strength and conditioning specialist, or a clinical physiologist.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 1-2 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a graduate student at CMU, you'll work side by side with professors in state-of-the-art clinics and laboratories.

This flexible master's degree program provides you with the choice of two capstone research experiences, a thesis or directed research. Our supportive faculty have extensive research experience and will serve as mentors as you work alongside them in their labs or conduct your own research.

Graduates from the exercise physiology program have also gone on to pursue terminal doctoral degrees in the exercise sciences. Some have used the master's program as a launching point for admission into post-graduate allied health professions such as physician assistant, physical therapist and medical school.

Program Highlights

With the exercise physiology master's program, you can:

  • Benefit from a versatile curriculum that offers you the chance to pursue several different career paths.
  • Apply for graduate teaching in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, and health fitness classes.
  • Learn in advanced research facilities such as the Motion Analysis Center (MAC), the Exercise Science Research Lab, the Human Performance Lab, and the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory.

Careers & Outcomes

Exercise physiology professionals enjoy opportunities in many engaging occupations. These may include athletic coaching, corporate wellness, fitness facility director, physical activity director, physical education, sport and recreation camps, and strength and conditioning.

Career Projected Salary
Health Educator $59,990
Health & Wellness Coach $70,087
Fitness/Wellness Manager $35,190
Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor $40,700
Exercise Physiologist/Specialist $51,530
Rehabilitation Physicians $223,410
Exercise/Fitness Trainer $45,380
Sports Medicine Physician $223,410

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