2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Clinical Exercise Physiology - Master of Science


Degree candidates typically have an undergraduate degree in physical education, fitness, exercise science, or other allied health related fields such as biology, health education, nursing, or physical therapy. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. Application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Prerequisites or their equivalent for admission into the program are:

ESS 205Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I3
ESS 206Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II3
ESS 281Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
ESS 302Physiology of Exercise3


Category A - Research (12 credits)
ESS 730Research Methods for Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS 735Statistics for Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS 799Research: Master's Thesis6
Category B - Core requirements (34 credits)
ESS 744Lab Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology3
ESS 770Physiology of Activity3
ESS 774Clinical in Phase I and Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation2
ESS 776Clinical in Adult Fitness/Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation (taken three times)9
ESS 780Philosophy and Organization of Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs2
ESS 782Electrocardiography3
ESS 783Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription3
ESS 784Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology3
ESS 785Internship: Clinical Exercise Physiology5
ESS 786Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)1
Total Credits46

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
Year 1
ESS 7763ESS 7703ESS 7843
ESS 7823ESS 7443ESS 7833
ESS 7303ESS 7353ESS 7802
 ESS 7742ESS 7763
 ESS 7763ESS 7993
 ESS 7861 
 ESS 7993 
 9 18 14
Year 2
ESS 7855  
Total Credits: 46
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