Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. GRE scores
  4. letter of intent
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

A foreign language exam is not required.

One letter of recommendation must be submitted by an academic reference from major coursework. All qualified applicants are admitted providing they have met all requirements for admission. Admission is not limited to any target number of students unless enrollment exceeds the projected capacity of the program to provide an adequate, quality program. In the case of space limitations, applicants are prioritized based on GRE scores, GPA, letters of reference and letter of intent for admission to the program.

GRE waivers

GRE waivers for this program are approved on a case-by-case basis. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing each applicant's background and relevant experience. To be considered for a GRE waiver, email

Degree requirements

31 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam, or
31 credit hours, a thesis, a written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam

Required Core (21 credit hours)
EXW 501 Research Statistics (3)
EXW 535 Advanced Exercise Assessment and Prescription (3)
EXW 542 Health Promotion (3)
EXW 560 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
EXW 565 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiology (3)
EXW 568 Management and Treatment of Chronic Disease for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (3)
KIN 547 ECG Interpretation (3)

Electives (1 credit hour)
EXW 591 Seminar (1)

Other Requirement (3 or 9 credit hours)
EXW 500 Research Methods (3), or
EXW 515 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3) and EXW 584 Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship (6)

Culminating Experience (0-6 credit hours)
written comprehensive exam, or
EXW 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
This program has a thesis option or a non-thesis option. Students in the thesis option must take EXW 500 Research Methods. Students selecting the non-thesis option must complete a clinical internship of six credit hours EXW 584 Clinical Exercise Physiology and take EXW 515 Advanced Exercise Physiology.

All students must pass a written comprehensive exam. Thesis students must also pass an oral comprehensive exam.

Certification and licensure

The College of Health Solutions prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.