Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness

Curriculum Guide (Degree Requirements)

Program Overview

This mission of this graduate program is to prepare students for advanced study in exercise physiology and future employment in adult fitness, corporate fitness and cardiac rehabilitation programs.

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).

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.

Visitation Days

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness at The University of Akron, we highly encourage you to attend a Visitation Day.  Here, you will be able to obtain more information and have the opportunity to meet with Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness faculty to address any specific questions you may have.

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Alumni testimonial

melissa_garyMelissa Gary
BS in Exercise Science in '10, MS in Exercise Physiology in '13

"As I reflect back on my time at Akron, what stands out the most is the quality of education that I received as well as the faculty and staff that provided that education. They are not only passionate about the field, but they are passionate about mentoring students and making sure each student excels. Exercise Science is a unique program that provides smaller classes to allow hands on teaching, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. This teaching style allowed my professors to get to know me during my time studying and helped me make connections in order to reach my specific professional goals. I was able to find a job that I was passionate about before graduating. Two years after completing my Master’s degree at UA, I am now the lead coordinator in developing my own Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Metro Health Hospital. Without the SSWE professors, curriculum and state-of-the-art equipment, I would not have the opportunities that are presented to me today. I encourage those of you who have a passion in the field to aggressively consider Akron. It is what I recognize to be the finest Exercise Science Program."