Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Blended; Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology: Blended Program

Graduate degree; Master of Science

University of Mary's accredited Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) program focuses on advanced studies of exercise physiology with a clinical emphasis in exercise prescription for clinical 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 the community and corporate fitness environments, strength and conditioning, and higher education.

The MS degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences. It is offered in a 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.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2019 cohort.


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.
  • Visit campus once a semester in order to gain hands-on clinical experience. 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.
  • Learn and be mentored by highly professional and experienced clinicians.
  • Gain valuable research experience, creating opportunities to advance knowledge and position graduates for further study at the doctorate level.
  • Sit for the ACSM-RCEP exam at the end of your studies.

Career Outlook for Clinical Exercise Physiology Majors

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. It is estimated that licensor for clinical exercise physiologists will become a must in the near future, requiring a master's degree and RCEP certification or equivalent.



Requirements for Admission into the M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology Program:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or Bachelor’s degree in related field with the following Prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
    • College Chemistry Series (with labs)
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • College Math (algebra or higher)
    • Pharmacology (if student hasn’t already taken a basic pharmacology, he/she must complete by the end of the first term of CEP program)
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 minimum.
  • Completion of the online application process located on the program webpage.

Required Courses

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 (exercise science preferred) and the fulfillment of the following:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
  • College Chemistry Series (with labs)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • College Math
  • Basic course in pharmacology by the time CEP 618 Exercise Pharmacology is taken

Dr. Jill Nustad

Exercise Physiology Department Chair
Exercise Science Program Director
Office: Casey 139
Phone: (701) 355-8149
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Brian Leary

Program Director, MS Clinical Exercise Physiology
Email: [email protected]

Jason Kobes

Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology
Office: RTC 212
Phone: (701) 355-8003
Email: [email protected]

Kayla Dressler

Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology
Office: Casey 141A
Phone: (701) 355-8236
Email: [email protected]

To see the full listing of our faculty please click here.

Our program has a 90.9% retention rate. Only 2 out of 22 students that have started the program had their studies terminated. One due to personal medical needs, the other due to the lack of compliance with the programs criteria of completion.

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: