This 30-credit program can be completed in one academic year. The program is designed to be flexible to allow students to tailor the curriculum to optimally align with their interests and career goals. All students complete 12 credits in the curriculum core and may select 18 credits from the electives. Career paths that align with national certification exams in strength and conditioning, fitness and clinical exercise physiology can be completed within the 30 credits including practical and clinical experiences.

Admission Requirements

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis for Spring, Summer, or Fall admissions.

  • A B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution is required. 
  • Undergraduate coursework in human anatomy, human physiology, and exercise physiology.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • TOEFL scores are required for international students whose native language is not English

Curriculum Requirements

Required Core Courses
KIN 621Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology3
KIN 669The Foundations of Exercise Programming3
KIN 677Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness3
KIN 800Supervised Practicum3
Electives (selected from the following 3 credit courses)18
Cellular Exercise Physiology
Laboratory Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle
Integrative and Functional Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning I
Strength and Conditioning II
Nutrition during the Lifecycle
Therapeutic Lifestyle to Combat Chronic Disease
Elite Conditioning I
Elite Conditioning II
Facility Management
Fitness Facility Management II
Advanced Programming
Principles of Exercise Prescription/Assessment: Cardiovascular
Exercise Prescription/Assessment Laboratory
Special Topics in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Advanced Programming for Endurance Athletes
Methods in Biomechanical Analysis
Energetics of Obesity and Weight Management
Neurological Mechanisms of Weight Regulation
Special Project
Comprehensive Exam
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming 3
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
KIN 800 Supervised Practicum 3
Comprehensive Exam 0
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30


The mission of the M.S.Ed. program in Applied Physiology is to provide students with advanced-level knowledge, skills and competencies in the applied sciences concomitant with practical and clinical experiences. Students will develop the specific capabilities to enhance human health and performance through applied nutrition, physical training, and clinical practice which are applicable to careers in health, fitness and sport.   


The M.S.Ed. in Applied Physiology provides students with advanced-level knowledge, skills and competencies in the applied sciences which reflect the role delineation for clinical board exams and careers in health and fitness, human performance and clinical practice in disease management and cardiac rehabilitation. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to successfully practice in the health, fitness and sport sectors as high-level practitioners and administrators. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop the competencies to successfully sit for national certification in strength and conditioning or clinical exercise physiology.
  • Students will be career-ready for jobs aligned with the selected path of applied physiology in either strength and conditioning, fitness administration, or clinical practice in cardiovascular and metabolic disease management. 
  • Students will be highly capable of delivering and instructing effective programs for diverse population segments in health, fitness and sport sectors.