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Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the study of the biological and biochemical processes associated with exercise and overload that affects the underlying function of cells and organ systems in the human body. Exercise physiology is a rapidly evolving field that is becoming increasingly important in the delivery of healthcare. Exercise physiologists work to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease in healthy participants or to provide therapeutic or functional benefits to patients with known disease. Services may be offered in a variety of medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers and out-patient clinics, in community, corporate, commercial and university fitness and wellness centers, in nursing homes and senior citizens centers, as well as in research and academic settings.

The Division of Exercise of Physiology at the WVU School of Medicine has 16 full-time faculty and other affiliated faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary studies that span molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral sciences, with strong emphases in muscle biology, cardiovascular biology, diabetes and aging. We are proud of the fact that in 2007, the faculty in our Ph.D. program in Exercise Physiology have been ranked seventh nationally by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Academic Analytics. This national ranking is based upon research publications, research citations and federal funding for our graduate faculty.

The Master of Science program in exercise physiology provides coursework that prepares students for careers in adult fitness, hospital or corporate-based wellness programs or cardiac rehabilitation. Students specialize by completing a 200-hour clinical internship.

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Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement/Letter of Intent, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​January 15

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement/Letter of Intent, 3 Letters of recommendation

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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