Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology

Our Exercise Physiology Masters Program is acknowledged as a STEM program according to the Carnegie classification. Exercise physiology is the scientific study of acute physiological responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions. Exercise physiologists use exercise as a non-invasive means to investigate changes in physiologic systems, organs, tissues, cells, organelles and molecules. Exercise physiologists with a clinical interest study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Exercise physiologists discover health and fitness benefits from different doses and types of physical activity and exercise. Advances in sports performance, recovery from intense and prolonged training and adaptations to extreme environmental conditions can be largely attributed to the field of exercise physiology.

Exercise physiology provides a strong academic foundation for individuals interested in careers in science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and weight management, lifestyle behavior changes, sports physiology, coaching and other health- and fitness-related professions.

Students who wish to pursue the Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology must have graduated from an accredited four-year institution with a major in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology or related fields. Students who do not have the appropriate academic background are required to have both Human Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry as prerequisites. Additionally, it is recommended that students have taken exercise science related courses, such as exercise physiology and/or biomechanics.

Exercise Physiology Mission Statement

As committed Christians, our mission is to educate young men and women to become leaders and pioneers in exercise physiology by integrating our faith with academic training, research and evidence-based practice.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Yunsuk Koh
Graduate Exercise Physiology Program Director
Department of HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
(254) 710-4002

Exercise Physiology Program

Statistics Core (6 hours)

HP 5379 - Research Methods in HHPR (3)
STAT 5300 or EDP 5334 - Statistical Methods (3)

Exercise Physiology Core (9 hours)

HP 5328 - Physiology of Exercise I - Neuromuscular Aspects (3)
HP 5330 - Physiology of Exercise II - Cardiovascular Aspects (3)
HP 5340 - Biochemistry in Exercise Science (3)

Exercise Physiology Electives (6 hours - choose two courses from the following list)

HP 5333 - Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)
HP 5352 - Principles of Exercise and Sport Nutrition (3)
HP 5354 - Methods of Strength and Conditioning (3)
HP 5357 - Methods of Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities (3)

Restricted Electives  (3 hours -Must be approved by program director) 

Capstone Experience (6 hours)

HP 5V90 - Internship (6)

HP 5V94 - Practicum
Option 1 - Research writing practicum and one 3-hr course from Exercise Physiology Electives or Restricted Electives
Option 2 - Internship practicum and one 3-hr course from Exercise Physiology Electives or Restricted Electives (6)

HP 5V99 - Thesis (6)

 TOTAL - 30 hours     

*Students choosing the thesis option are exempt from the comprehensive exam requirement.


Comprehensive Exam


Recommended Course Sequence



Dr. Paul Gordon

Dr. Yunsuk Koh

Dr. Brian Leutholtz

Dr. Michael Wiggs


Laboratory Facilities

Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology (BLEST)

Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Lab (EBNL)