Ohio University

Master of Science in the Physiology of Exercise

The exercise physiology graduate program provides students with the specialized skills needed to work in either a clinical, research, or field-based environment. Students can choose between three programs: research, clinical, or human performance.

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The research program is a two-year program that requires completing a master’s thesis. This track prepares students to work in an academic or research environment. A strong background in the sciences is recommended for admission into the program, including organic chemistry, physics, calculus, human anatomy and physiology and exercise physiology.

The clinical program is a four-semester program (typically starting and ending in the summer) that leads to a Master of Science in Physiology of Exercise. It is designed to prepare students to work as researchers in the field, or as preventive and rehabilitative specialists (as certified by the American College of Sports Medicine).

The human performance program will focus on engagement, practicum, and internship opportunities in performance coaching and analytics that will prepare you to be a competitive human performance coach. Regular interactions with athletes and coaches will allow you to gain an understanding of the day-to-day operations in the field as well as network with professionals who are connected to the industry. 

Research Track Exploration Guide (PDF)

Clinical Track Exploration Guide (PDF)

Human Performance Exploration Guide (PDF)


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For questions about the exercise physiology graduate programs please contact:

Paul Chase, Ph.D.