Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance (M.S.)

Applied Exercise Physiology and Human Performance (M.S.)
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. 

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 and internship experiences, which will give them the hands on skills they will need to be successful across a variety of fields in exercise science. Experiences may include work in 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 and internship process through work in the Graduate Seminar, Advanced Practicum, and Graduate Internship classes.


Program Coordinator, Exercise & Sport Physiology
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 535-3114
Office: Health & Human Enrichment, Human Performance Center, MSC 22, Plymouth, NH 03264

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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.

Curriculum & Requirements

MS Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance

Course Title Credits
EX 5310Research Methods in Exercise Science3
EX 5410Applied Research in Exercise Science4
EX 5500Graduate Seminar in Exercise Science3
EX 5520Advanced Exercise Testing & ECG4
EX 5610Advanced Strength and Conditioning4
EX 5620Behavioral Intervention Strategies4
EX 5700Advanced Practicum in Exercise Science I4
EX 5730Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology4
EX 5840Exercise Biochemistry & Sports Nutrition4
EX 5920Exercise Physiology in Clinical Populations4
Thesis or Non-thesis Track6-12
EX 6200
Graduate Thesis in Exercise Science
or EX 6100
Graduate Internship in Exercise Science
Total Credits47-57

  • Critically interpret current literature in exercise physiology.
  • Explain the acute and chronic effects of resistance and aerobic exercise on metabolism and the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuromuscular systems.
  • Demonstrate competency of the pathophysiology of various chronic diseases and explain the preventative and therapeutic effects of exercise.
  • Design, manage, implement assessment and exercise prescriptions for athletic, healthy, and special populations through evidence-based practice.
  • Create interventions to modify health behaviors utilizing theoretical frameworks.
  • Explain biochemical components of exercise to help better assist exercise prescription and nutritional strategies for both athletes and recreationally active adults.
  • Synthesize and disseminate scientific findings from thesis and practicum experiences.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom to practical experiences in clinical and/or applied settings.

The MS in Applied Exercise Physiology & Human Performance will prepare you to work in strength and conditioning, clinical, and community-based settings. The degree will also prepare you for future doctoral study in exercise physiology and related fields.
Career paths include:
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Fitness Director
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Researcher
Graduates of the MS in Applied Exercise Physiology program will be qualified to challenge the following certification exams:
  • ACSM’s Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSP-EP)
  • ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)
  • NSCA’s Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NSCA’s Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS)
Admission Information


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)


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

Fall 2023
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. 

2023-24 Estimated Graduate Per Credit Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  New Hampshire Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $570 $42 $612
CAGS $610 $42 $652
EDD $665 $42 $707
  Out-of-State Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $789 $42 $831
CAGS $763 $42 $805
EDD $845 $42 $887

More information is available through the Student Financial Services Office

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 Student Financial Services website.

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.

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Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

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