Master of Science in Exercise Physiology



As a graduate of the MSEP program, you will be prepared for a career focused on improving health through fitness and nutrition.

Our research-based program will prepare you for

  • certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • a career in rapidly-growing fields such as wearable tech, nutritional supplements, and exercise equipment.
  • presenting your research at national conferences as these graduates did:
    • Kinta Schott, Comparison of Ankle Taping Methods on Recreationally Active Adults with Chronic Ankle Instability
    • Elizabeth Sharis, Kinematics of the Feet-Out Rowing Drill on the Concept2 Model D Versus the Rowperfect 3S Rowing Ergometers
    • Anthony Peters, The Validation of Garmin Forerunner 630 Watches in Predicting Maximal Oxygen Uptake in Hyperthermic Training Conditions
    • Samantha Lang, The Effect of Different Modes of Exercise on Perceived Stress Levels in College Students

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Where Are SAU Graduates of the MSEP Program?

  • 20% – Occupational therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, and PhD programs
  • 25% – Cardiac rehabilitation
  • 16% – Strength and conditioning
  • 39% – Other (fitness, sport, education)

What about working as a hitting instructor for major league baseball? That's what Jake Hirst '18 does today for the New York Yankees.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Degree Completion in 12-15 Months
  • Conduct Your Own Research Project
  • Use Advanced Lab Equipment
  • New and Unique Lab Spaces

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The MSEP program at St. Ambrose allows you to earn your degree in as few as 12 months, grow your knowledge and experience through research, be guided by faculty with diverse expertise, and apply your new skills in state-of-the-art labs.

Read our fact sheet on the MSEP program


Discover Your Potential

Where can your MS in Exercise Physiology from St. Ambrose take you? Watch this video to find out.


More Information About the M.S. in Exercise Physiology

How much is tuition?

We realize the cost of a graduate education can seem daunting, but our students know that the investment they are making is worth every penny.

2022-23 Tuition

Tuition is $806/credit hour, and there are a few additional fees for technology and graduation (see below).

We encourage students to consider serving as a graduate assistant, office worker, or adjunct; please see those details below. By spending up to 20 hours per week assisting our faculty and serving in other non-teaching roles on campus, you can reduce your tuition bill. 

You can see complete information about scholarships, loans, and grants on the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Graduate Fees

2021-22 Fees

Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)

MSEP Graduate Assistantships and Paid Department Work

Graduate Assistant (GA)

Responsibilities:
• Teach undergraduate exercise physiology labs under full-time faculty
• Conduct open lab hours for undergraduate students
• Assist in ongoing research projects as needed
• Assist lab coordinator with equipment maintenance and inventory
• Assist in classroom and lab set up for kinesiology courses

Qualifications:
• Enrolled in the M.S. in Exercise Physiology program at SAU
• Bachelor's degree in exercise science or related field
• Exercise physiology lab experience (may include undergraduate coursework)

Time Commitment:
• 10 hours/week during Fall and Spring semesters

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (33-36 credits)

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology is a 33-36 credit program.

Please refer to the Online Course Catalog for course listing and descriptions.

 

Accelerated Plan of Study
Term Offered

REQUIRED CoursesCredit Hours
Summer KIN 600 Research Methods 3
KIN 602 Statistics  3
KIN 512 Sport Nutrition 3
  Summer Total 9
Fall KIN 625 Advanced Physiology 5
KIN 608 Exercise Biochemistry 3
KIN 560 Special Topics 3
  Fall Total 11
Spring KIN 509 Exercise Pharmacology 3
KIN 510 Biomechanics 3
KIN 610 Seminar in Exercise Science 2
KIN 615 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 620 Independent Research (for thesis option only) 1
  Spring Total 11-12
Summer KIN 660 Thesis OR KIN 650 Comprehensive Exam 4
  Summer Total 4
Total Program Credits 33-36
Standard Plan of Study
Term Offered

REQUIRED CoursesCredit Hours
Summer KIN 602 Statistics in Exercise Science 3
  Summer Total 3
Fall KIN 625 Advanced Physiology 5
KIN 600 Research Methods 3
KIN 560 Special Topics 3
  Fall Total 11
Spring KIN 509 Exercise Pharmacology 3
KIN 610 Seminar in Exercise Science 2
KIN 615 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
  Spring Total 8
Fall KIN 608 Exercise Biochemistry 3
KIN 512 Sports Nutrition 3
KIN 620 Independent Research (Thesis) 1
Fall Total 6-7
Spring KIN 660 Thesis OR KIN 650 Comprehensive Exam 4
KIN 510 Biomechanics 3
  Spring Total 7
Total Program Credits 33-36
Faculty and Staff

Sandy Lund, PhD, Assoc. Professor and Chair
Rhiannon Seneli, PhD, Asst. Professor, MSEP Director

Kyle Bohnert, PhD, Asst. Professor
Michael Dahlinghaus, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Chris Schwartz, PhD, Asst. Professor
Nick Voth, MEd, Clinical Staff
Suzanne Wiese, Administrative Assistant


Jake Hirst '18 MSEP


Jake Hirst will be applying real science, learned and honed at SAU, to his work as a Yankees hitting instructor. Here, he learned physics and how to apply it to his research on biomechanics. He studied the neurophysiology of vision and applied that to developing a better batting eye at the plate. Another lesson he gained from his SAU professors: the importance of networking. "They really encouraged me to go to hitting clinics, put myself out there and meet people," Hirst said.

Read Jake's Story

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