Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology

For more information contact:

Dr. Pete Grandjean, Ph.D., FACSM
Associate Dean for Research Collaborations and Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of HHPR and Graduate Director of Exercise Physiology


The exercise physiology program at Baylor University is designed to prepare students for careers as exercise physiologists serving in fitness centers, hospital-based wellness and clinical rehabilitation centers, schools, and universities. In addition, the program prepares students for advanced study in a doctoral research program. Students have a thesis or internship option as a culminating experience and must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their program. Students learn theoretical relationships from didactic courses and laboratory and research skills from through hands on experience gained from the Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Lab, Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab, and Exercise & Biochemical Nutrition Lab. 


Appropriate Background for Acceptance to the M.S. Program in Exercise Physiology

At this time, the only master’s degree in the Department of HHPR that requires appropriate academic science background is exercise physiology.  Recently, due to the interest in our unique graduate program, we have received much interest from students without appropriate exercise science academic preparation interested in pursuing the master’s in exercise physiology.  We do not want to discourage this interest but we also want all of our students to understand that a proper foundational educational exercise science base is a must to be successful in our exercise physiology master’s degree tract.   Students who pursue a graduate degree must have graduated from an accredited four year institution with the appropriate undergraduate background in the field of proposed academic emphasis such as exercise science or exercise physiology. Normally, the appropriate preparation will be an undergraduate degree in exercise science (or equivalent), a minimum of 15-18 semester hours of appropriate course work may be required based on previous academic history/experience for students without an academic background in exercise science.  Each applicant will be individually evaluated by the graduate director in exercise physiology to determine as to what courses would be appropriate as prerequisites.  These courses may be completed concurrently with graduate work, but must be completed before the student is admitted for candidacy for the degree. The following are examples of exercise science course prerequisites that may be required for students who have minimal exercise physiology background.  Other courses may be substituted based on the exercise physiology area director’s evaluation of the student’s transcript.

15 to 18 course hours of the following will normally be considered “appropriate.”

   * Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

      Concepts of Athletic Training

   * Human Anatomy and Anatomic Fundamentals of Motion

   * Basic Exercise Physiology of Activity

   * Techniques of Physiological Fitness Assessment

      Techniques of Aerobic Conditioning

      Cardiovascular Physiology

      Research & Statistics Methods in Exercise Science

   * Fitness Programming for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

   * Exercise Prescription and Fitness Programming        

   * Techniques of Strength Training and Conditioning

   * Kinesiology and/or Biomechanics

      Applied Aspects of Motor Learning

   * Performance Enhancement & Metabolism for Sport & Exercise Science


*Denotes recommended previous educational background or prerequisites


Exercise Physiology Program

Core Requirements (6 hours)
HP 5379 - Research Methods in HHPR
STAT 5300 - Statistical Methods

Required Emphasis Core (21 hours)
HP 5328 - Physiology of Exercise I - Neuromuscular
HP 5330 - Physiology of Exercise II - Cardiopulmonary
HP 5333 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
HP 5340 - Advanced Biochemistry in Exercise Science
HP 5352 - Advanced Principles of Exercise and Sport Nutrition
HP 5354 - Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning
HP 5357 - Advanced Methods of Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities

Restricted Electives with Advisory Approval (3 hours)
HP 5V70 - Special Topics in HHPR
HP 5370 - Sport Psychology
HP 5384 - Biomechanics of Human Movement

PUBH 5337 - Health Concepts in Epidemiology
FCS 5351 - Nutrition and Aging

Other Requirements
HP 5V99 - Thesis (6) or
HP 5V90 - Internship (6)

Comprehensive Exam



Program Course Rotation & Planner

Exercise Physiology Course Planner



Dr. Brian Leutholtz

Professor, Exercise Physiology

Dr. Darryn Willoughby

Professor, Biochemistry

Dr. Deborah Johnston

Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology 

Dr. Yunsuk Koh

Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology

Dr. Panagiotis Koutakis

Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology


Laboratory Facilities

Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology (BLEST)

Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Lab (EBNL)