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Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Master of Science

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology to prepare individuals for a variety of health maintenance and rehabilitative positions in the treatment of an expanding list of chronic diseases and disabling conditions. Graduates will be qualified for advanced career opportunities in university, corporate, commercial, hospital and community settings.

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals seeking employment in cardiac rehabilitation, preventive, and disease management programs;
  • Baccalaureate graduates who want to continue their education through obtaining a graduate degree; or
  • Professionals currently working in the field of exercise and sports science who want to obtain a professional certification as a clinical exercise physiologist or a master’s degree

Key Features

  • Students can begin their program in spring, summer or fall and complete their degree within 16 months.
  • Classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.
  • All students will complete an internship in a cardiac rehabilitation setting at a regional hospital or rehabilitation center.
  • The program has a graduation rate of 83% with 90% of its graduates employed in the field.

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Admission Requirements 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution showing an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or an average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or an average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school; and
  • Completed UW System application received with $56 processing fee (see Application Process).


For applicants with a bachelor's degree in exercise science or equivalent:

  • A three-credit undergraduate or graduate statistics or tests and measurements course. (Students without this course may be admitted provisionally but would need to complete this prerequisite before enrolling in EXSS 710 - Statistical Methods in Health and Human Performance.).
  • A three-credit  undergraduate or graduate physiology of exercise class course. (Students without this course may be admitted provisionally but would need to complete this prerequisite before enrolling in EXSS 701- Advanced Physiology of Exercise.)

For applicants without a bachelor's degree in exercise science or equivalent:

  • Statistics or tests and measurements course (3 credits)
  • Physiology of exercise (3 credits)
  • Exercise testing and prescription (3 credits)

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Application Process 

Applicants will apply online and submit the following additional materials:

  • Transcripts from your past colleges or universities sent directly from the degree-granting institution to the Graduate Admissions Office;  
  • One letter of recommendation;  
  • Statement of interest (a two- or three-page essay describing career goals, reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, and how the student plans to use the degree); and  
  • Professional resume or vita. 

All documents are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office via email or mail to 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

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For More Information

Joe O'Kroy
Graduate Program Director
Health and Human Performance Department
Phone: 715-425-0626

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Admissions Office
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
103 David Rodli Hall