Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness

Master of Science in Physical Education: Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness

About the Degree

The Exercise Physiology program prepares graduates for interaction with both healthy populations and populations that are affected by chronic diseases (e.g., CVD, diabetes) and the functional changes that occur during exercise with these populations. They also work with patients in the areas of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.   Special attention is also given to knowledge and practical skills necessary for students preparing for American College Sports Medicine certifications (e.g., Personal Trainer, Health/Fitness Instructor, and Exercise Specialist).

There are two major types of exercise physiologists, clinical and applied. Applied exercise physiologists are related to careers in athletic development, such as employee fitness directors and athletic trainers. Clinical exercise physiologists can work in rehabilitation and other therapeutic programs under the supervision of a physician. Individuals who hold a doctorate in either concentration could instruct or perform research at the university level. 

Both types of exercise physiologists can assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

Salary and Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics (May 2014), the job market growth for Exercise Physiologists from 2012-2022 is expected to be 9%.

The mean salary for an Exercise Physiologist is $46,270.00 annually.

Recent employers include:

  • Nike - Basketball Footwear Developer
  • Summa Health System - Exercise Physiologist
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Why Akron?

  • State of the art laboratories.
  • Hands-on experiences (both in lab setting and in their Field Experiences) – Students hone their skills while participating in the program, giving them an advantage to enter the professional realm with confidence and abilities.
  • Individual advising – Students meet individually with advisor to fill out their PCD and have intermittent contact with the advisor during their degree work to make sure all requirements for graduation are being met.
  • Various types of sites for Field Experience placement – Field experience sites offer a variety of opportunities for students who are interested in different aspects of the exercise physiology field.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Ronald Otterstetter

Infocision Stadium, Room 317


(330) 972-7738

Graduate School:

Heather Blake

Polsky Building, Room 467


(330) 972-7664