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Exercise and Sports Medicine - Exercise Physiology Concentration

Exercise Physiology

Program Description

The Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Medicine (Exercise Physiology Concentration) is a 36 credit hour program designed to provide the student with an advanced understanding of the physiological and functional adaptations to movement.  The program integrates traditional lecture-based courses with hands-on laboratory experiences.  One of the major strengths of the program is the combining of the practical application of exercise physiology with current research findings.  Students may also individualize their program of study by choosing from a variety of elective courses offered within many departments across the University.


Application Dates

The WMU Exercise Physiology program requires students to start the program in the Fall semester.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2014 semester is Friday, March 7, 2014. All application materials must be received by this date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for possible admissions.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related science-based academic area at the time of admissions. Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related area should contact Dr. Timothy Michael prior to submitting his or her application. The following pre-requisites are required to be considered for admissions:

Applicants must submit GRE General Test scores by the application deadline.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. At least one (but preferably two) of these letters should come from individuals who are familiar with the applicant in an academic setting.

Applicants must submit an up-to-date resume or curriculum vita.

Applicants must submit a "Personal Statement". This statement should include a description of the applicant's academic preparedness for graduate work in exercise physiology, career goals, and why the applicant has chosen to apply to the WMU Exercise Physiology program.

Application Procedures

To apply to the graduate program in exercise physiology (M.S. Exercise and Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology Concentration), please do the following:

  1. Go to the "Graduate Admissions" website and follow their procedures.
    1. You will be required to send official copies of your academic transcripts from all universities/colleges/community colleges that you have attended to the Office of Admissions.
  2. Please submit GRE General Test scores to Western Michigan University.
    1. After completing the GRE General Test, you will be prompted to enter what schools you wish to send the scores to. Choose the appropriate code for WMU (note: do not enter a "department" code)
  3. Submit the "Personal Statement" to the HPHE Department, Attn: Dr. Michael.
  4. Submit resume/curriculum vita to the HPHE Department, Attn: Dr. Michael.
  5. Please submit three letters of recommendation to the HPHE Department, Attn: Dr. Michael.

Note: For the the personal statement, the resume/curriculum vita, and the three letters of recommendation, please send these to: Western Michigan University, HPHE Department, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5426, Attn: Dr. Timothy Michael.

International Applicants

Applications from international students are initially processed by the Office of International Student Services (OISS) at WMU. Please visit their website at for more information. All required application materials may be sent directly to OISS. Once your application materials are complete, OISS will forward your information to the HPER Department for review.

Admission Decisions

The decision on admissions into the program will be based on the applicant's previous academic performance (GPA), GRE General Test scores, and the strength of the personal statement and letters of recommendation.



The Exercise Physiology program prepares students for careers in:

Graduates also pursue doctoral degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics or other professional programs such as physical therapy and medicine.