Master of Science

Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Classes start August 2023. Reserve your seat today!

Goals and Course Topics

Exercise physiology involves using exercise to help people improve physical and mental health and fitness, prevent or treat chronic diseases and disabilities, and guide athletes and others in athletics and sports training. Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Exercise Physiology prepares you for a career in this fascinating field, which is expanding rapidly, in part, because of America’s aging population. Exercise physiology jobs are expected to grow 10% faster than all other occupations, on average, in the next eight years.


TU’s master of science in clinical exercise physiology program is an in-depth exploration of a broad range of topics. Students learn about the impact of exercise on the body, psychosocial factors that influence health, how medications affect exercise therapies and how recommended medical dietary and nutritional changes can improve exercise capability. An MS degree in TU’s new Allied Health field ideally positions students to compete effectively in the growing exercise physiology profession. It is an in-person program with some online components.   


The best education programs link knowledge to professional practice to prepare students to succeed in the real world. In addition to faculty members with advanced exercise physiology expertise, TU recently invested in a new Exercise Science Lab to give students valuable hands-on practice. The Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program also offers opportunities to earn certifications as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine and as a Certified Special Populations Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Students will have the ability to earn these certifications as part of the required program curriculum. 

Students who earn master of science degrees in clinical exercise physiology enjoy a wide range of career options in private, corporate and public health settings, as well as prerequisites for future doctoral study.  


Hybrid (On Campus & Online): Two 7-week terms per semester starting in August; in-person classes are held on weekday evenings

Admissions Requirements: 

A bachelor’s degree in exercise science, or equivalent biological science preparation, from an accredited undergraduate college/university

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Stress Testing Technician
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Advanced Personal Trainer (hospital)
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Activity Specialist (community health)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach / Specialist
  • Employee / Corporate Health and Wellness Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Life Coach
Average degree completion for a full-time student
32 - 36 credits
Average degree completion for a part-time student
32 - 36 credits

At a Glance

  • In person classes on TU campus
  • Regional accreditations
  • No application fees
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Accepts transfer credits
  • Ask about our military discount and FOP discount

Sample Courses

Exercise for Special Populations and Lab (CEP665)

This course is designed to apply theoretical knowledge in the areas of basic pathophysiology and science of health status, condition, disorder or disease, client consultation, program planning, safety, emergency procedures, and legal issues. These topics are relevant for working with special population clients of all ages. Emphasis will be placed on the successful completion of the National Strength and Conditioning Certified Special Population Specialist examination.

Advanced Exercise Physiology & Lab (CEP625)

Students will actively engage in the detailed study and application of principles of human physiology with an emphasis on the variations and alterations in metabolic pathways, the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems as a result of sedentary behavior, acute and chronic exercise, and environmental conditions. Furthermore, students will learn and apply testing techniques for evaluating the capacity of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and muscular systems during labs. During laboratory experiences, students will also learn blood analysis techniques in exercise physiology and preventive health.

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MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology