Top Schools with Exercise Science & Exercise Physiology Programs

Learn about some of the best programs in exercise science and exercise physiology available in the U.S. Read on for information about the schools to offer such programs, their rankings, and degrees offered, as well as their program curricula.

Schools Overview

The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland - College Park represent two of the best schools in the nation to offer exercise science and/or exercise physiology undergraduate and graduate programs. Both schools offer programs leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the field and have been ranked for their educational excellence by the U.S. News & World Report. Acquisition of a degree in exercise science or exercise physiology prepares students for careers in kinesiology health professions, such as physical or occupational therapy, exercise rehabilitation, or sports professions.

1. The University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked the school #17 among top public schools in 2015.

With a student population of over 50,000, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is one of the largest public universities in the nation. In 2015, UT was 53rd in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of top U.S. universities.

Graduate and undergraduate programs in exercise science and physiology are offered by the College of Education. A program leading to a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health with an option in exercise science is designed to prepare students for further professional studies in physical and occupation therapy and sports-related fields. Exercise physiology graduate degree programs include a M.Ed., Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). A M.Ed. in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a required internship is also available.

2. University of Maryland - College Park

School Highlight: UMD's doctoral program was #3 in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education's ranking of top Ph.D. programs in kinesiology and physical education in the United States.

The University of Maryland (UMD)'s flagship campus in College Park was ranked tied as the 62nd best national university in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Public Health offers a bachelor's degree program in kinesiological sciences, which comprises of courses in exercise and aging, fitness assessment, and exercise rehabilitation. The university also offers programs leading to a M.A. or a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology.

Top Exercise Science and Physiology Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University ASU offers both an exercise and wellness degree and an undergraduate degree in health education and health promotion. Tempe, AZ
Indiana University - Bloomington The School of Public Health awards several scholarships for students and also supports student research and publication with research and travel grant-in-aids. 107 Bloomington, Indiana
Pennsylvania State University Penn State ranked tied for 48th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of all national universities. University Park, PA
Texas A & M University According to TAMU, its Ph.D. program in kinesiology was ranked #2 in the nation by the National Research Council. College Station, TX
University of Florida The Center for Exercise Science (CES) at UFL allows students to further research several areas, including muscle physiology, sports medicine and performance psychology. Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kinesiology students can take part in outreach opportunities such as a summer sports fitness program, a lifetime fitness program and a fitness program for kids. Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor U-M ranked #4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top public schools. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Students can access 11 research labs, such as the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Minneapolis, MN

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