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.

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 healthcare 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.


Program Details

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Exercise Science or related field with the following prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs)
    • College Chemistry Series (with labs)
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • College Math
    • Basic course in pharmacology by the time CEP 618 Exercise Pharmacology is taken
  • Official transcripts -  Your official transcripts and any test scores that may be required by your program to be sent to the university. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Resume
  • Professional goals statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
  • Proof of CPR/AED certification

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Blended, online with a one-week on-site lab each semester at our campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $595/credit
  • Application Fee: $45
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit

Additional lab and insurance fees may apply

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