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MS in Exercise Physiology

The focus of the program is physical inactivity, exercise and nutrition strategies for weight management and the prevention of lifestyle related diseases. Our faculty continually develop new knowledge in exercise training, exercise metabolism and obesity.

The mission of the program is to train graduate students who will provide professional leadership and research developments in the areas of human health.

woman running on treadmill

The curriculum has a scientific basis with core courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, and physiology. Exercise physiology research emphasizes human studies, but other exercise models are available on campus, including the pig (Vet. Biomedical Sci.) and the rat (Medical School and VA).

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Requirements

Beginning in the fall of 2013, MS students in Exercise Physiology will be able to choose between two options within the MS Exercise Physiology: a thesis option or an internship option. The course curriculum will be the same for both options.

Thesis option: students will gain experience in the design and implementation of research within the field of Exercise Science, culminating in a written thesis.

Internship option: students will gain experience in a work environment through culminating experience of an internship completed in an area allied to Exercise Science.

Internship option in Exercise Science with a Certificate in Public Health: student will gain the exercise knowledge, culminating in an internship exercise in Exercise Science. In addition students could get a certificate in Public Health or Global Public Health by selecting their electives in public health. The curriculum for either of these certificates are available at the links. Masters: Exercise Physiology+Public Health or Global Public Health.

Graduating from our MS program will provide the student with the preparation for credentialing from organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Completion of this degree as well as obtaining certification will prepare students for careers such as registered clinical exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaching, personal trainer or wellness coach, health/fitness instructor, as well as in other health professions.

Courses

Course Title Hours
Chemistry (CHEM gen. & organic-optional) 10 hours
PTH_AS 2201 Anatomy 3 hours
MPP 3202 Elements of Physiology 5 hours
NEP 2340 Human Nutrition 3 hours
NEP 4850 Exercise Physiology 3 hours
HTH PR4250 Human Kinesiology 3 hours
Course Title Hours
NEP 8850 Advanced Exercise Physiology* 3 hours
NEP 8001 Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise* 3 hours
NEP 8860 Exercise Endocrinology* 3 hours
ESC_PS 8850 Quantitative Foundations in Educational Research* 3 hours
NEP 7500 Research in NEP (mandatory for thesis track; optional for internship track) 3 hours
NEP 7001 Preventive and Therapeutic Exercise Physiology or Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription* 3 hours
NEP 8087 Masters Seminar* 2 hours
NEP 8090 Master’s Thesis Research or Internship* 4 hours

*required course

Course Title Hours
NEP 8030 Etiology of Obesity 3 hours
NEP 8870 Exercise Metabolism 3 hours
V_BSCI 9435 Skeletal Muscle 3 hours
NEP 7340 Human Nutrition II 3 hours
Course Title Hours
NEP 7970 Sports Nutrition 2 hours
NEP 7200 Sports Performance and Conditioning 3 hours
NEP 8340 Nutrition in Human Health 3 hours
NEP 7500 Research in NEP 3 hours
BIOCHEM 7270 Biochemistry 3 hours

Program & Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Programs

Exercise Physiology research and graduate training take place in a number of departments and laboratories at MU. Faculty members in affiliated programs and department are listed below:

  • Vet Biomedical Sciences:
    M. Harold Laughlin, Frank Booth, Doug Bowles, Lane Clarke, Eileen Hasser, M. Harold Laughlin, Richard McAllister, Ron Terjung, Steve Yang. Contact Lane Clarke for information on the graduate program.
  • Physiology:
    Kerry McDonald. Contact Ronald Korthuis for information on the graduate program.
  • Physical Therapy:
    Marybeth Brown, Marian Minor, Stephen Sayles, Erin Dannecker. Contact Marion Minor for information about research programs.
  • Internal Medicine/Cardiology:
    Kevin Dellsperger, William Fay, Anand Chockalingham. Contact William Fay for information about research programs.