Dec 09, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Exercise Physiology [M.S.]


The Master’s in Exercise Physiology is designed for students interested in clinical exercise physiology and performance/personal training-related careers. This program is committed to producing students who (a) have an in-depth understanding of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise and (b) can use up-to-date evidence and statistics to make evidence-based decisions regarding exercise program design.

This is a designated STEM program (See OPT Extension).

Why do a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology?

  •  A Master’s degree equips you with more in-depth knowledge and specialized knowledge in your field of study. As such, a master’s degree enhances your expertise and credibility.
  • Holding a Master’s degree indicates professionally desirable qualities such as determination, persistence, initiative, commitment and intellectual prowess.
  • A Master’s degree can make you a more competitive applicant for jobs and increase the number of jobs that you are eligible to apply for.
  • A Master’s degree can increase your earning potential – this 2019 report indicates that the median annual income for individuals with a master’s degree ($80,200) is 23% higher than the income of individuals with a bachelor’s degree ($65,400).

Which careers can you pursue with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology?

  • A Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology prepares students with career interests in strength and conditioning, athletic and health coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness and fitness management, personal training, or other position that helps people pursue a healthier life.
  • A Master’s degree allows students to continue their training within allied health fields (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, and orthotics and prosthetics) or Ph.D programs.
  • A Master’s degree allows students to teach Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology courses at universities and community colleges.

Program Admission


Admit Terms and Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Summer, Fall, or Winter. See Application Deadlines.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements. Requirements may be more stringent than the minimum graduate school requirements.

  • Completion of Human Anatomy (EXSC 201  or an equivalent), Human Physiology (EXSC 202  or an equivalent), and Exercise Physiology (EXSC 300  or an equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Note: Conditional admission for those with a Bachelor’s Degree in a non-related field will be considered, provided that the student completes Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Exercise Physiology courses approved by EMU with a grade of “B” or better.

Application

Your application will be submitted using GradCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions  and select the appropriate application. 

Domestic Applicants Domestic applicants are required to submit only the transcript from the institution granting their bachelor’s degree if either of the following criteria is met: 1) Lists 30 or more credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or over OR 2) Lists 60 or more credit hours with an overall GPA between 2.7 and 2.99. Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript. The University may ask applicants to submit additional transcripts after applying.

International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

School Information


Health Promotion & Human Performance 319J Porter, 734.487.2815

Christopher Herman, PhD, Director

Advisor Information


Catherine Gammon, PhD, Assistant Professor, 319N Porter Building, 734.487.7675

Degree Requirements: 33 hours


Culmination Project or Additional Coursework: 12 hours


Students must satisfy one of the following options:

Option I - Thesis: 12 hours


This option is recommended for students planning on pursuing a doctoral degree. A candidate completes an original research project under the supervision of a thesis committee. This research must be in written form acceptable to the Graduate School and defended in an oral examination.

  • Required Thesis Courses: 6 hours

  • 1 hr
  • 2 hrs
  • 3 hrs
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    Additional Coursework: 6 hours

    Select six credit hours from the list of Restricted Elective Classes below. With advisor approval, students may use other graduate courses to satisfy this requirement.

Option II - Internship: 12 hours


This option is recommended for students who did not perform an undergraduate internship or who require additional practical experience (225 internship hours).

  • Required Internship Course: 3 hours

  • 3 hrs
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    Additional Coursework: 9 hours

    Select nine credit hours from the list of Restricted Elective Classes below. With advisor approval, students may use other graduate courses to satisfy this requirement.

Option III - Internship: 12 hours


This option is recommended for students who did not perform an undergraduate internship or who require additional practical experience (450 internship hours).

  • Required Internship Course: 6 hours

  • 6 hrs
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    Additional Coursework: 6 hours

    Select six credit hours from the list of Restricted Elective Classes below. With advisor approval, students may use other graduate courses to satisfy this requirement.

Option IV - Additional Coursework: 12 hours


Students will select an additional 12 credit hours of coursework from the list of restricted elective classes below. With advisor approval, students may use other graduate courses to satisfy this requirement.

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.