Master’s in Applied Exercise Science

Exercise Physiology Concentration

Grow your career with the online MS in Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology concentration at Concordia University Chicago (CUC). Apply now!

Pursue Your Vocation with CUC

Learn how our 100% online programs can help you better serve others and the common good in the exercise science field.

Application Deadline: June 26, 2024
Classes Start: July 1, 2024

Online Master’s Degree Program in Exercise Physiology

Level up your exercise science expertise with a master’s from Concordia University Chicago. Help others reach peak physical health with your exercise physiology knowledge

Master’s in Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology Program Details

Our 100% online MS in Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology concentration is designed for working adults, with classes that can be completed anytime, anywhere. We keep class sizes small, so you can connect with your classmates and professors.

Our Applied Exercise Science programs prepare graduates to serve others and support healthy living.

Help Others Reach Peak Wellness

The Exercise Physiology concentration is designed for individuals who are interested in personal training, health promotion, wellness, and cardiac rehabilitation. If you aspire to assist clients in reaching their peak physical wellness, then a degree in applied exercise science might be right for you. Exercise physiologists focus on promoting wellness, helping others reach their top performance and preventing illness and injury.

Exercise physiology is the study of the body’s response and ability to adapt to physical activity. Exercise physiology, like exercise science, focuses on how physical activity can improve health and wellness. Exercise physiology and exercise science are both fields of human anatomy study that focus on improving the health and wellness of individuals and athletes. Exercise physiology primarily focuses on the body’s response to physical activity. Exercise science is broader, encompassing areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, strength and training, human performance and sports nutrition.

The CUC Advantage

A Culture of Integrity

Integrity lies at the heart of CUC’s ethos. Our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to living authentically, guided by their faith. Within our programs, students are empowered to demonstrate resilience and unwavering commitment to their academic pursuits.

Cost-Effectiveness

CUC’s Exercise Physiology Concentration is competitively priced and provides a high return on investment. Click here for more information on Tuition and Fees.

Esteemed Faculty

Exercise science courses are taught by experienced faculty with industry expertise. You can rest assured that you will be learning from the best.

Institutional Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Find Which Track Is Right for You:

The online Master’s in Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology concentration offers two tracks for individuals with different backgrounds in exercise science.

Track 1: You Do Not Have a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science or Equivalent

Track 1 is for students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or who have not attained 21 semester credit hours (or 28 quarter credit hours) in specific areas of exercise science.

Track 2: You Hold a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science or Equivalent

Track 2 is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or who have attained 21 semester credit hours (or 28 quarter credit hours) in specific areas of exercise science.

No matter your background in exercise science, our program will give you the education and tools you need to start your career in exercise physiology.

Exercise Physiology Career Outlook

Explore the following career opportunities attainable with a Master’s in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Talk with your student advisor for additional information on which degree program is right for you. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Clinical Research Assistant

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As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree. This guarantee ensures a stable and predictable investment in your education.

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Admission Requirements

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Curriculum

Track 1: For students who meet no ASCM course requirements

Investigation of the structure and function of the human body in a systematic fashion. An emphasis on the inter-relationships among the systems and the regulation of physiological functions to maintain homeostasis.

Students will explore upper extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.

Students will explore trunk and lower extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.

Apply principles of kinematics and kinetics of the human body in movement and sport activities. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6040.

Selected research techniques and designs utilized in exercise science research with emphasis on general statistics, interpretation of data, research ethics, scientific writing and library use.

Effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body, including cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular and digestive; with emphasis on optimizing human performance. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050 or division chair consent.

Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050, and AES-6200 or AES-6250.

Practical application of the principles of exercise testing and prescription based on current practices in physiology and rehabilitation for normal and healthy individuals. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6200 or AES-6250, and AES-6040, and AES-6050.

Practical applications of the principles of exercise testing and prescription based on current practices in physiology and rehabilitation for special populations including but not limited to: cardiopulmonary & metabolic disease patients, those with disabilities or chronic illnesses, children, elderly, and pregnant women. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6700.

Instruction of patient educational strategies and application of behavioral change techniques to encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6700 and AES-6770.

Total Credits = 36

Track 2: For students who have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science

Application of mechanical principles to human movement with focus on the principles of kinematics and kinetics to the human body during movement. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6020 or AES-6030.

Apply principles of kinematics and kinetics of the human body in movement and sport activities. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6040.

Selected research techniques and designs utilized in exercise science research with emphasis on general statistics, interpretation of data, research ethics, scientific writing and library use.

Advanced study of energy metabolism and the primary physiological systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular) in the context of exercise and performance. Advanced topics related to mechanisms and adaptations relating to physiology during exercise. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050.

Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050, and AES-6200 or AES-6250.

Practical application of the principles of exercise testing and prescription based on current practices in physiology and rehabilitation for normal and healthy individuals. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6200 or AES-6250, and AES-6040, and AES-6050.

Practical applications of the principles of exercise testing and prescription based on current practices in physiology and rehabilitation for special populations including but not limited to: cardiopulmonary & metabolic disease patients, those with disabilities or chronic illnesses, children, elderly, and pregnant women. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6700.

Instruction of patient educational strategies and application of behavioral change techniques to encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6700 and AES-6770.

Explore the foundations of strength and conditioning as established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Design and critique strength and conditioning programs based on NSCA guidelines. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6020 or AES-6040, and AES-6030 or AES-6045, and AES-6050, or division chair consent.

Total Credits = 30

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Master’s in Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology concentration is a postgraduate academic program that focuses on the scientific study of how the human body responds and adapts to physical activity and exercise. It combines coursework, research and practical experience to provide students with a deep understanding of the physiological, biochemical and biomechanical processes involved in exercise and physi