Exercise Physiology

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The master's degree in Exercise Physiology is a two-year program of study (typically one year for UVa undergraduates who complete the B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology). There are currently three options for study in Exercise Physiology at the Master’s degree level:

  1. A Master’s degree specialization which prepares students for advanced graduate study in Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity Intervention, Exercise Science and potential academic/research careers;
  2. A Master’s degree specialization which prepares students for clinically - oriented careers in fitness/exercise and health promotion, physical activity intervention, cardiac rehabilitation, or strength training and conditioning
  3. A Master’s degree specialization which allows students to combine options 1 and 2.

Exercise scientists study the effects of exercise/physical activity on health, disease, and sport performance. They focus on the prescription of exercise and promotion of physical activity for healthy individuals, athletes, and/or clinical populations. The field of exercise physiology thus overlaps considerably with public health, epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, and athletics.

Our students take courses in metabolism, physiology, epidemiology, and disease prevention. They learn to critique research as well as conduct it. They learn to administer exercise tests, read electrocardiograms, and counsel patients about lifestyle. They gain the knowledge and skills to work with healthy adults, athletes, clinical populations, and children.

Career opportunities exist in health and fitness centers, sports programs, hospitals and other clinical settings, academic institutions, research laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, and public health agencies.

To complete the M.Ed. in Kinesiology--Exercise Physiology, students must complete a minimum of 36 credits (beyond their undergraduate degree). UVA students who complete the B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology with more than 120 hours can count up to 6 approved graduate credits toward the M.Ed. degree. Required courses and suggested electives are described below in "course of study."

In addition to the 36 credits, students must also either complete a master’s thesis under the direction of Arthur Weltman OR pass a comprehensive examination. Students who are not doing a thesis are expected to participate in additional practicum experiences beyond the EDHS 7431/7432 series.

  • KINE 5100 - Assessment in Kinesiology
  • KINE 5110 - Elementary Pedagogy
  • KINE 5120 - Secondary Pedagogy
  • KINE 5140 - Qualitative Analysis of Motor Patterns
  • KINE 5200 - Motor Development
  • KINE 5210 - Kinesiology Individuals Disabilities
  • KINE 5220 - Prog. Plan & Evaluation Kinesiology
  • KINE 5230 - Sports, Rec & Camping for Children with Disabilities
  • KINE 5240 - Kinesiology Developmental Disabilities
  • KINE 5250 - Kinesiology for Children Severe Disabilities
  • KINE 5260 - Adapted Physical Education: Physically and Sensory Impaired
  • KINE 5270 - Physical Education for Children with Autism
  • KINE 5280 - Seminar in Adapted Physical Education
  • KINE 5410 - Physical Activity and Public Health
  • KINE 5420 - Pediatric Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 5430 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 5440 - Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • KINE 5450 - Exercise Principles for Health, Fitness & Chronic Disease
  • KINE 5455 - Applied Research and Writing in Exercise
  • KINE 5460 - Clinical Exercise Testing, Evaluation and Prescription
  • KINE 5470 - Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise
  • KINE 5480 - Exercise Intervention in Disease
  • KINE 5485 - Life Cycle Nutrition
  • KINE 5490 - Energy Metabolism
  • KINE 5500 - Selected Topics
  • KINE 5670 - The Art & Science of Sports Medicine
  • KINE 5993 - Independent Study
  • KINE 7100 - Health and Physical Education Field Project
  • KINE 7400 - Lifestyle Intervention and Comprehensive Care in Cardiopulmonary Rehab
  • KINE 7410 - Principles and Practice of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • KINE 7600 - Translational Research in Athletic Training
  • KINE 7610 - Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
  • KINE 7620 - Evidence-Based Sports Medicine
  • KINE 7630 - Modalities of Athletic Training
  • KINE 7640 - Sports Medicine Instrumentation
  • KINE 7650 - Anatomical Bases of Sports Medicine
  • KINE 8400 - Seminar in Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 8500 - Selected Topics
  • KINE 8600 - Clinical Biomechanics
  • KINE 8610 - Clinical Biomechanics Lab
  • KINE 8620 - Orthopedic Bases of Sports Medicine
  • KINE 8630 - Readings in Sports Medicine Research
  • KINE 8980 - Practicum
  • KINE 8995 - Current Trends in Concussion Research
  • KINE 8998 - Master's Research Internship
  • KINE 8999 - Master's Thesis

Students must meet the admission standards outlined in the Curry School of Education Admission Policies, which include a high standard of achievement during their undergraduate work (minimum of 3.0 GPA) and 2 outstanding recommendations. Note that recommendations should be solicited through the online application. Students are also required to submit one of the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. GRE scores for MEd, MT, EdS students admitted for the 2014-15 academic year were at or above the 150 (verbal), 145 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing).
  • For applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission: SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the GRE score. Applicants who had SAT or ACT scores sent to the university previously do not need to have them re-sent.

Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts showing degree conferral and official test scores are required prior to matriculation.

International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  • Applicants my submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation
  • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is 5820. IELTS does not require an institutional code. Expected scores: Paper-based TOEFL:  600, Computer-Based TOEFL: 250, IELTS: 7.0, IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information about the SPEAK Test is available at www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc.
  • Prepare your goal statement. This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.
  • Submit your recommendations. You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.
  • Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission.  If you are submitting an electronic transcript, please email it directly to gcurryadmission@virginia.edu. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all transcripts are received.


  • Teaching LPA classes
  • Graduate teaching assistantships
  • Employment opportunities related to exercise/physical activity at local hospitals, health clubs
  • rRsearch assistantships from externally-funded grants.
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