Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Advance your career while helping people overcome ailments and increase their well-being by earning an online MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Our master’s in clinical exercise physiology will teach you to provide and/or instruct others how to use exercise as part of clinical treatment or a wellness program. The first CoAES accredited program in the world offered in a blended learning format, our program combines online education with week-long, on-site lab experiences once per semester. You are able to live where you are while you acquire clinical exercise skills to advance your career. Prospective students with a bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Median annual wage for exercise physiologists

Program Length

2 years


  • Blended, online with a one-week on-site lab each semester at our campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Public Health Professionals
  • Other wellness professionals who want to improve lives in the health care and wellness sectors

Career Paths

  • Wellness Center Program Director
  • Physiology Researcher
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Lead Trainer
  • Public Health Specialist

What You’ll Learn

Focused on physiology and the role exercise plays in health and wellness, our MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology provides practical knowledge you can use in a variety of settings, from clinical to educational to corporate. When you graduate with your degree, you will be prepared to:

  • Sit for the ACSM-RCEP exam.
  • Assess and provide the fitness and exercise needs of people who are apparently healthy, at higher risk, or with known cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, metabolic, orthopedic/musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic, and hematologic disorders.
  • Perform as a competent technician in clinical cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
  • Serve in a leadership role in the health and fitness industry as a coordinator or director of a fitness and/or rehabilitation program.
  • Promote the components of exercise, fitness, health, wellness, healthy lifestyle, and rehabilitation in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
  • Interpret, analyze, and think critically in a clinical world of constant change and discovery.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism including lifelong learning, community service, and Benedictine Values.


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Program Details

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!
  • Blended, online with a one-week on-site lab each semester at our campus in Bismarck, ND
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Evan DeVallance, PhD
Kayla Dressler, MS
Ken Ecker, PhD
Jenna Herman, DNP
Jason Kobes, MA – Fieldwork Coordinator
Wade Kooiman, EdD
Henry Lang, PhD – Program Director
Jill Nustad, DSc – Department Chair
Patricia Ratliff, DSc

  • Tuition: $630/credit
  • Application Fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

Additional lab and insurance fees may apply

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the graduate program. Applications received by January 5, 2020 will be considered for priority early acceptance. Apply by February 15, 2020 to guarantee consideration for an interview. Applications will be accepted until June 30 or until the cohort is full.

  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Exercise Science or a related field with the following prerequisite courses:
    • Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in a different major with the following pre-requisites are also encouraged to apply: 

      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
      • College Chemistry Series (with labs)
      • Exercise Physiology
      • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • College Math
  • Students in the senior year of their undergraduate program are welcome to apply and may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required upon degree conferral. 

  • When submitting your official transcripts:
    • You can request transcripts at most schools by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
  • Resume with 3 professional references listed (letters of recommendation are not required)
  • Professional goals statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
  • Prior to beginning the program (before the fall start date), students will need to provide proof of CPR/AED certification.


2019 Retention Rate: 88%

2019 CEP Exam Pass Rate: 80%

2019 Graduate Job Placement: 100%

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