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Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Major: EXP
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/ms-ep


Program Information

General program information: Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology are prepared to pursue a number of career options. Graduates from our program have continued their education by completing the Ph.D. degree in fields such as exercise physiology, physiology, biochemistry, and the M.D. Many students have pursued careers in allied health fields such as nursing and physical therapy as well as in such fields as aviation physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, and ergonomics. Because many of our students seek to work in the fields of cardiac rehabilitation and corporate wellness, the curriculum is structured to satisfy the preliminary requirements for certification as “exercise technologist” or “exercise specialist” as set by the American College of Sports Medicine. The curriculum provides students the necessary knowledge base and course work to satisfy entrance into the certification process (which is under control of the American College of Sports Medicine and requires both a written and practical exam). 

Program admission procedure: In order to be admitted unconditionally a student must have earned a grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4-point scale in their undergraduate program. A variety of undergraduate majors are acceptable, including exercise science, biology, chemistry, physiology, nursing, etc. In addition, the student must complete the application procedure as required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Students are expected to score a minimum of 293 (Verbal and Quantitative sections combined) and 4.0 on the Analytical section of the Graduate Record Exam. Students with a grade point standing below 2.75 may be admitted conditionally. Only under unusual circumstances will students with less than a 2.5 grade-point average be admitted to the program. Individuals who do not meet the 293 requirement on the GRE may still be admitted. Admission in such cases will be based on prior course work (including GPA in science classes), experience, three (3) letters of recommendation a resume, and a personal statement explaining interest in the program and long term objectives.



Curriculum


Thesis Option

The M.S. thesis option requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, which includes six credits devoted to completion of the thesis. Students in this option are required to actively participate in all phases of research within the laboratory. The thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years. To complete the M.S. in Exercise Physiology, a minimum of 23 hours must be at the 600 level or above

First Year:  
Fall  
EXP 501 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 601 Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 605 Human Physiology 3
Spring  
EXP 502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription 3
EXP 600 Physiology of Exercise  3
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics 3 OR
HSS 604 Research Methods 3
Summer  
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 699 Thesis 1-6
   
Second Year:  
Fall  
EXP 603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 699 Thesis 1-6
Spring  
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 699 Thesis 1-6
Minimum Total Hours 33
 

Non-Thesis Option

The M.S. non-thesis option emphasizes the use of exercise as a clinical intervention. This option is heavily slanted toward improved cardiovascular health and cardiovascular rehabilitation through the use of exercise. Students in this option must complete a minimum of 36 hours of course work. The non-thesis program requires two full years of study including the summer between the first and second years. 

First Year:  
Fall  
EXP 501 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 601 Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 605 Human Physiology 3
Spring  
EXP 502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription 3
EXP 600 Physiology of Exercise 3
EDFD 601 Applied Statistics  3 OR
Summer  
HSS 604 Research Methods 3
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 611 Principles of Electrocardiography 3
   
Second Year:  
Fall  
EXP 603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
Spring  
EXP 604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology (OPTIONAL) 3
EXP 620 Clinical Internship    6
Minimum Total Hours 36
 

Thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

Core (24 hours)
HSS  604 Research Methods in HSS OR 3
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics 3
EXP  501 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription 3
EXP  600 Physiology of Exercise  3
EXP  601 Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  605 Human Physiology 3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Non-thesis option (10-15 hours)  
HSS 530 Nutrition and Athletic Performance 3
EXP 607 Neuromuscular Mechanics of Human Movement 3
EXP 608 Advanced Strength and Conditioning 3
EXP 699 Thesis 1-6
Minimum Total Hours 36-39
 

Non-thesis Option - Concentration in Strength and Conditioning

Core (24 hours)
HSS  604 Research Methods in HSS OR 3
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics 3
EXP  501 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  502 Principles of Exercise Testing & Prescription 3
EXP  600 Physiology of Exercise  3
EXP  601 Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  603 Seminar in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  604 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology 3
EXP  605 Human Physiology 3
Strength and Conditioning Concentration Non thesis option (12-15 hours)  
EXP  530 Nutrition and Athletic Performance 3
EXP  607 Neuromuscular Mechanics of Human Movement 3
EXP 608 Advanced Strength and Conditioning 3
EXP 620 Exercise Physiology Clinical Internship 3
Minimum Total Hours 36-39


Departmental Faculty


Ann Swank, PhD
Exercise Physiology Program Director

Professor, Interim Co-Chair

Adrienne Bratcher, PhD
Assistant Professor

M.S. Program Coordinator

Kathy Carter, M.S.

Instructor

Jessica Gibb, M.S.

Instructor

Michael Jett, M.S.

Instructor

Daniela Terson de Paleville, PhD

Assistant Professor



Contact Information

Exercise Physiology - MS

Adrienne Bratcher
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
LL002 Crawford Gym
(502)852-4031
 

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