Top Schools with Exercise Physiology Graduate Programs

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Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the study of exercise and its effect on the human body. At the graduate level, master's and doctoral degrees are available.

School Information

Here you'll find information on exercise physiology graduate programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University at Buffalo, and Eastern Michigan University. All were nationally ranked by U.S. news & World Report for 2017.

Virginia Commonwealth University

School Highlight: Doctoral program in Rehabilitation and Movement Science features a collaborative, interdisciplinary structure utilizing faculty with expertise in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Virginia Commonwealth University was listed 164th out of all universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report in 2017. This school has several exercise physiology programs available. In addition to a bachelor's degree, the school also offers a Master of Science in Health and Movement Sciences. Students can continue their education experience through a doctorate's program related to exercise physiology. Regardless of the degree level, students may expect to take courses in medical terminology, physics, cell biology, health psychology, stress management, and adapted physical activity.

University at Buffalo

School Highlight: One of the few programs that combine exercise and nutrition sciences in their curriculum.

The University at Buffalo was ranked #99 national universities U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The school has master's and doctoral degree programs in exercise science. Advanced coursework at the graduate level for this program includes classes on health promotion, health wellness, cardiopulmonary responses to exercise, neuromuscular responses to exercise, and exercise nutrition. The master's degree program has a thesis option or an exam option. A dissertation is required in the doctoral degree program.

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Eastern Michigan University

Through the School of Health Promotion in the College of Health and Human Services, Eastern Michigan University offers a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. Students can choose between an internship track and a thesis track, and they can also choose to pursue a specialization in applied performance physiology, which consists entirely of online coursework. In total, students must complete 33 hours of coursework, which can include classes in topics such as exercise epidemiology, sports supplements, and electrocardiography.

Top Exercise Physiology Schools

Here are some more schools with strong academic offerings in exercise physiology at the graduate level:

School Name Location Distinction
Temple University Philadelphia, PA Intergrative Exercise Physiology is adjusted to fit students who are looking for professions in both research institutions and practices
University of Florida Gainesville, FL The Center for Exercise Science offers laboratories in several areas, including clinical research, motor behavior, applied neuromechanics, and sports medicine.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Ranked #27 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top public schools.
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL The graduate exercise physiology program offers tracks in both clinical and applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning/fitness.
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Graduates have earned positions among top ranking universities such as Harvard School of Medicine and John Hopkins School of Medicine

At both the master's and doctoral levels, programs in exercise physiology in closely related fields provide broad, science-based training related to human fitness. Well-regarded programs can be found at 4-year universities around the country.

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