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M.S. Concentration in Exercise Physiology

The master's degree concentration in exercise physiology is designed to prepare students for doctoral study in exercise physiology and/or to provide a foundational preparation for students with career interests in coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness, wellness, or medicine.

Students who pursue the concentration in exercise physiology have opportunities to participate in research exploring the relationship between exercise and the various physiological systems, and the interaction of exercise with such factors as diet and disease across the lifespan. All students receive some exposure to research design and practice through required coursework which may be supplemented by a research practicum experience.

Some students choose a coursework option, electing additional coursework and written comprehensive exams in lieu of other capstone research or internship options. Students who choose either the thesis or research project options conduct more extensive individual research projects under supervision of an individual faculty member.

Individuals who wish to focus on practical implementation of their physiology coursework may elect an internship capstone option. Examples of internship sites include local hospitals and corporations that have ongoing cardiac rehabilitation or corporate fitness/wellness programs. Upon graduation, internship students are prepared for advanced graduate study and/or careers in areas such as coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness, or wellness.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the M.S. degree, including KIN 871-research methods, area of concentration, breadth requirement, and capstone (thesis, project, internship, or courses-only with certifying exam). The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the exercise physiology concentration include:

  • KIN 810 - Metabolic Responses to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 811 - Methods of Physiological Evaluation and Exercise Prescription (2 credits)
  • KIN 812 - Cardiorespiratory Responses to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 813 - Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 814 - Endocrine Responses to Exercise (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in the exercise physiology concentration often complete courses in areas of study such as physiology, epidemiology, human nutrition, pharmacology, public health, and zoology. Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.

Expectations

Expectations of KIN master's degree students are individualized because of the different concentrations offered within the department and the students' various educational goals. Commonalities in expectations of master's degree students include: (a) professional growth and involvement; (b) demonstrated ability to teach within the context of the student's chosen field; and (c) knowledge and skill as a consumer of research. Students who intend to pursue doctoral study or research careers are also expected to develop ability to plan, conduct, and disseminate research. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of M.S. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings.

Internships

Students at the master's degree level interested in pursuing the internship option are responsible for locating and obtaining an internship position corresponding to his or her long term professional and career goals. The Department will facilitate this process by providing students with resources on potential sites and by aiding in contacting internship site supervisors in their field of interest. Recent student internship placement sites have included Apple Computer, General Motors, Medsport, the Michigan Heart Association, Ingham Regional Medical Center, St. Lawrence Hospital, Sparrow Hospital, Beaumont Health Center, Lansing Community College, MSU Student Health Services (Olin Health Center), the Strength and Conditioning program of the MSU Athletic Department, and the MSU "Healthy U" Worksite Wellness Program.

Admissions

Graduate Studies Secretary
Department of Kinesiology
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689
Email: kingrad@msu.edu

Contact Information

Dr. David Ferguson
Department of Kinesiology
27S IM Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-4763
Email: fergu312@msu.edu

Dr. Jim Pivarnik
Department of Kinesiology
27 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 353-3520
Fax: (517) 355-1689
E-mail: jimpiv@msu.edu 

Dr. Karin Pfeiffer
Department of Kinesiology
27 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 353-5222
Fax: (517) 355-1689
E-mail: kap@msu.edu