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Master of Science in Exercise Physiology: Research Track

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This student-focused and flexible program will provide you the educational expertise, professional insight, and empowerment to discover your own voice to become a leader in the field. Your exposure to faculty and student driven research, an environment rich with technology, and a flexible curriculum provide endless opportunities to explore your personal interests.

This two-year program offers a flexible curriculum, infused with research, and a culminating master’s thesis to complete the program. This track prepares students to work in an academic or research environment. The immersive learning experiences are continual whether in the classroom, our state-of-the-art laboratories, or research environment. View the Research Exploration Guide here.

Research and Lab Technologies 

Immersed in an environment rich with hands-on experiences and research viable equipment, you will be prepared upon graduate to make an impact in the field. Our newly renovated facilities, labs, and research spaces will provide you the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills. 

Our faculty, and learning spaces, facilitate guided research inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • 3D Motion and Force Analysis
  • Fuel Metabolism and Blood Chemistry Analysis
  • Muscle Electromyography and Mechanomyography
  • Wearable Technology, including GPS and Accelerometry
  • Cardiovascular Assessments, EKG, and Echocardiography
  • Indirect Calorimetry and Portable Indirect Calorimetry

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Enhance Your Academic Experience

Professional academic development is derived from the entirety of your graduate experience. We encourage involvement in other educational experience and certifications not only to increase your full knowledge in the field, but to also increase your employability. Some of these experiences could include, but are not limited to: 

  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Instructor
  • Blood Bourne Pathogens Training
  • Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Research Compliance
  • Research Ethics

Sample Course Schedule

Year 1, Semester 1 Credit Hours
EXPH 6080 Research Methods 4
EXPH 5140 Physiology of Exercise 3
EXPH 5145 Physiology of Exercise Lab 2
EXPH 5999 Research Seminar 1
EXPH 6950 Thesis 1-4
Year 1, Semester 2  
EXPH 5999 Research Seminar 1
EXPH 6950 Thesis 1-4
NUTR 6600 Nutrition for Sport and Fitness 3
EXPH 6160 Advanced Resistance Training 3
EXPH 5850 Motor Development 2
EXPH 5900 Special Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
Year 2, Semester 3  
EXPH 6560 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3
EXPH 6570 Advanced Physiology of Exercise Lab 1
EDRE 7200 Educational Statistics 4
EXPH 5999 Research Seminar 1
EXPH 6950 Thesis 1-4
Year 2, Semester 4  
EXPH 5999 Research Seminar 1
EXPH 6950 Thesis 1-4

Admissions Information & Funding

Applications must be submitted by June 30th for full consideration of admission, financial aid, and graduate funding opportunities. Competitive financial awards are available annually to qualified students. Awards provide partial to full-tuition funding along with a living stipend to support the academic year while at Ohio University. 

View the admissions guidelines page for more information.


Program Contact:

Jason White, PhD, CSCS
Associate Clinical Professor