Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance

Pushing the Limits of Human Performance

Whether you’re interested in learning how to maximize athletic performance or in understanding how exercise can be used as medicine in clinical populations, our MS program provides you with the strong scientific background and applied experiences you will need. 

Our comprehensive curriculum comprises courses designed to enhance your knowledge across a broad range of exercise science topics including strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology, and exercise psychology.  The coursework is complemented by extensive laboratory and applied experiences including research and practicum work.

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The MS in Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance is offered to current students in the form of a 3+2 program. For non-PSU students and PSU alumni, a 2-year program is available. In each program, students can elect the Thesis or Non-thesis option.

The thesis option will give students the opportunity to develop a research project driven by their own interests in exercise and sport physiology. Thesis students will work closely with a faculty supervisor and will be guided through the thesis process through work in the Graduate Seminar and Graduate Thesis classes.

Students who elect the Non-thesis option will complete practicum experiences, which will give them the hands on skills they will need to be successful across a variety of fields in exercise science. Practicum experiences may include strength and conditioning, clinical exercise physiology, or general health and wellness. Non-thesis students will work closely with a faculty supervisor and will be guided through the practicum process through work in the Graduate Seminar and Advanced Practicum I and II classes.


The Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance degree requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Recommended 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee *use fee code waiver: GR2022

Admission to the Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance degree is only available for the fall semester each year.

Fall 2022
Early Decision: June 1
Final Deadline: August 1

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions prospective students ask when considering an advanced degree. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance is based on a flat rate each semester for spring/fall each year. Please visit our Student Financial Services page for current rates.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available to some students in the Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance program. Applications for assistantships should be sent to the Program Director, Dr. Ryanne Carmichael.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We offer virtual information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an one-on-one advising appointment. Opportunities to visit campus are currently limited, please reach out to the admissions office for additional information.

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Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.