Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Online; Bismarck, ND

MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology: Online/Blended Program

Graduate degree; Master of Science

The Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) Master of Science program focuses on advanced study of exercise physiology with a clinical emphasis in exercise prescription for special populations, including cardiac, bariatric, diabetes, pulmonary, cancer, arthritis, and more. Graduates of the MS CEP program pursue careers in diverse health and education settings that include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, clinical exercise prescription, leadership in community and corporate fitness environments, strength and conditioning, and higher education.

The MS degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Mary is offered in a traditional and blended delivery format that includes online and face-to-face classes, enabling students to live and work in another community while completing the graduate degree. A GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required for this program.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Program Highlights

The University of Mary offers graduate students the opportunity to earn an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology at an affordable, private, Catholic university.

  • Earn your master’s degree in a flexible program designed for working professionals that blends online and face-to-face courses or in a traditional classroom setting.
  • Intensive lab weeks provide opportunity for skills acquisition and mastery via practice, repetition and application with real program participants in the Exercise Clinic.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in specialty standards and Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and everyday life.
  • Gain hands-on, clinical experience through evidence-based practice and internship opportunities.
  • Work closely, online and in small classes, with world-class faculty who bring professional experience to the program.
  • Gain valuable research experience, creating opportunities to advance knowledge and position graduates for further study at the doctorate level.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for exercise physiologists is expected to grow quickly over the coming decade. In addition, holding a master’s degree will help to expand your range of employment options.

Required Courses:

  • EDU 551 - Critique and Design of Research
  • EDU 565 - Statistics
  • CEP 506 - ECG for Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • CEP 518 - Pathophysiology
  • CEP 520 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • CEP 599 - Thesis Planning
  • CEP 621 - Exercise Prescription and Chronic Conditions
  • CEP 636 - Clinical Exercise Physiology I 
  • CEP 637 - Clinical Exercise Physiology II 
  • CEP 650 - Biogenetics
  • CEP 699 - Thesis Proposal
  • CEP 700 - Internship I: Clinical Physiology
  • CEP 701 - Internship II: Clinical
  • CEP 703 - Thesis Dissertation & Defense I
  • CEP 704 - Thesis Dissertation & Defense II
  • HPS 505 - Psychology in Sport, Health, and Disease
  • HPS 617 - Nutrition in Sport, Health, and Disease
  • ALU 799 - Graduate Student Assessment – HP


  • HPS 602 Strength and Conditioning

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

To gain admission to the clinical exercise physiology program, you must complete the application packet, possess a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and hold a Bachelor of Science degree from an exercise science program OR a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field and completion of the following undergraduate courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
  • College Chemistry Series (with labs)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • College Math

If you are considering a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary: