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Prepare for a career providing exercise programs to people with chronic disease and disabilities while earning your master's in kinesiology through our clinical exercise physiology emphasis.

Through coursework, practicums, and internships, you'll learn the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to earn certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine—a requirement of completing the program.

Program Highlights

  1. Culminates in certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine
  2. Course of study includes classes and 500 hours of clinical experience; no thesis required
  3. Typically a two-year program for those with an exercise science background

Deadline to Apply

June 1

Faculty and Curriculum

Through this clinically focused program, you'll gain the fundamentals you need to earn certification and work as a clinical exercise specialist, working alongside physicians to design and provide exercise programs for people suffering from conditions such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and neuromuscular diseases and disabilities.

While no thesis is required, you'll take 36 hours of coursework and complete 500 hours of supervised clinical experience through practicums and/or internships. Required courses make up the majority of your studies (30 of the required 36 hours). Required coursework includes:

  • Advanced exercise physiology (metabolic, neuromuscular, clinical, cardiovascular)
  • Exercise prescription
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Physical activity and exercise interventions
  • Exercise epidemiology
  • Research methods

You must hold a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or health-related area. You should have completed the majority of the following undergraduate courses as a requirement of admission:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Physical fitness assessment and development
  • Nutrition

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Take classes in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness.

Our Center for Physical Activity and Health, which offers supervised exercise opportunities for university faculty and staff and the Athens community, provides additional opportunities to apply what you are learning, including interdisciplinary translational research, education, and outreach.

A professional seminar gives you the chance to discuss professional opportunities and certifications, with a focus on practitioners.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MS in Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise Physiology)

You should hold a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or health-related area. You are also expected to have taken undergraduate foundation classes in:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Physical fitness assessment and development
  • Nutrition

Admission to the program is competitive and considers a number of factors. Most admitted applicants have at least:

  • An undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing scores above the 30th percentile

    International students should score at least 80 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, with at least 20 on the speaking and writing sections.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
June 1

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