Exercise Physiology is the study of how exercise affects the functions of the body which can influence health and or performance. Students learn the impact of exercise at the whole body, system, and cellular level. You can apply this knowledge to work with healthy and clinical populations to impact positive alterations involving various physical activity programs. The knowledge gained in the academic field of exercise physiology may be acquired through the scholarly study of physical activity and through laboratory measurements of various physiological outcomes that can impact health and/or performance.
Educating the community, including patients, clients, athletes, children, and older adults on how and why to employ specific types of physical activity to improve performance, health, and well-being relies on application of knowledge gained by professionals in the area of exercise physiology.
The M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology includes both thesis and non-thesis (or coursework only) options. Both are 36-hour programs with the thesis option being more appropriate for students who wish to go on to pursue a doctoral degree and the non-thesis option being more appropriate for those who wish to design and implement exercise programming for athletes and other apparently healthy adults. The non-thesis option typically includes 6 credit hours of internship. We have a strong record of placing our students in the top facilities in north-central North Carolina; abundant opportunities exist in Greensboro, as well as in Winston-Salem, High Point, Durham, Chapel Hill, etc. Nearly all students are admitted into the non-thesis option. Those who show strong initiative in learning laboratory skills and in identifying a mentor and research topic may later be admitted into the thesis track (usually late in the first or early in the second semester).
The M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology is a 42-hour coursework only program that prepares students to enter careers in exercise programming and diagnostic exercise testing of individuals with, or at high risk for, chronic diseases. The curriculum includes coursework in exercise testing and prescription, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and electrocardiography, and includes 12 credit hours of internship at two or more clinical sites. Common internship sites include Cone Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Duke University Medical Center, and other sites across north central North Carolina. This CAAHEP-accredited program covers the competencies and internship hours required to pass the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam.
We have a strong record of placing our students in the top facilities in north central North Carolina; abundant opportunities exist in Greensboro, as well as in Winston-Salem, High Point, Durham, Chapel Hill, etc.
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Send to the Graduate School directly. One official transcript is needed from all colleges and universities previously attended. If credit from one institution has been transferred to another and is listed on the receiving institution’s transcript, a transcript from the original institution is not required.
If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and will not graduate prior to an admission deadline, transcripts should be provided that reflect courses in progress. It will speed up the processing of your application greatly if you also upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) issued by your institution(s) registrar’s office that includes the official seal as part of your online application (student advising transcripts are not accepted).
Please remember that you must still have your official transcript(s) sent to The Graduate School even if you supply official copies.
The English Language Proficiency requirement must be fulfilled for all non-native English speaking applicants regardless of citizenship. It can be waived if the student has earned a US degree or has an acceptable score on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. It can also be fulfilled by completing Level 5 of our Interlink program. Please see more information on requirements for international applicants.
All applicants must submit a minimum and maximum of three recommendations. In most cases the department would prefer at least two of the recommendations to be from faculty members who can address your academic capability. All recommendations are to be uploaded through The Graduate School’s online application system.
All qualifying applicants are considered for assistantships. You do not need to apply for an assistantship. If you are interested in an assistantship please indicate this on your application by checking the appropriate box. NOTE: Due to the way certain programs are structured, potential students applying to the Ed.D., M.S.A.T., Fully online M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, or M.S. in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology are typically not considered for assistantships.
International applicants are required to have their credentials formally evaluated. More information about this requirement, including recognized services for evaluation, can be found on the Graduate School’s international applicant page.