Exercise Physiology (PhD) | Springfield College

Exercise Physiology (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy
About This Program
Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions & Events
(413) 748-3383 
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Curriculum and Delivery
Start Dates and Duration
  • Start in September (fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full time
  • Complete in 4 years
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Career Opportunities and Outcomes
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Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 17 at 1 p.m.

Exercise Physiology MS and PhD Virtual Information Session
Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m.

Exercise Physiology MS and PhD Virtual Information Session
Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m.

Springfield College PhD in Exercise Physiology students working with a patient

The PhD in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College gives students a comprehensive understanding of Exercise Physiology and prepares them to teach a broad range of Exercise Science-related college-level courses. In addition to a common core, students have the flexibility to focus in either Sports Physiology or Clinical Exercise Physiology depending upon their professional interests.

In addition to required courses in the specialization, you’ll take courses in pedagogical content knowledge and issues in higher education, which prepare you for entry to a higher education teaching career. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the field, as well as how to navigate being a professional in higher education.

Students will engage in professional activities including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at both regional and national conferences prior to graduation. Dissertations are developed in collaboration with knowledgeable faculty and with the goal to yielding publishable results.

Michelle Stehman, PhD’23

“Being a part of Springfield College’s exercise physiology PhD program has allowed me to develop a strong foundation for building my professional career through education and experience. Just during my first semester alone I was given the opportunity to teach through a doctoral fellowship, support to explore research, and encouraged to participate in service. Every faculty member I have encountered here at Springfield College has been nothing short of supportive and have played a role in helping me transform from a graduate student to a young professional. I cannot wait to step out into the real world soon with full confidence that I can continue to educate those in spirit, mind, and body just like I was from being a part of Springfield College.”

Michelle Stehman
Clinical Assistant Professor Kinesiology University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services

Greg Spicer, PhD’21

“Members of the Springfield College faculty welcomed and supported me while helping me reach my full potential as a graduate student.”

Greg Spicer
Northeast Medical Science Liaison, Medical Affairs, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

Jackie (Rickson) Day, PhD’20

“I have been lucky enough to have a massive support team in the exercise physiology program, and now, I hope to use what I’ve learned from the faculty here to lead, provide impact, and guidance to others.”

Jackie Day

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu or mailed to the college address: 
  6. GRE: This program requires the GRE, The Springfield College GRE code is 3763. You will be able to input your scores on your application, but please make sure your official scores are submitted.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
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Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS: Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Priority Deadline: February 16

Applications received after January 15 will not be considered for fellowships, but may be considered for entry to the program depending upon available space in the program.

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Priority Deadline: February 16
Samuel A.E. Headley - Springfield College
Professor Headley Recognized as Leader in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Professor of Exercise Science Samuel A.E. Headley has been accepted as a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), a recognition of his outstanding service to the field of clinical exercise physiology. Headley is one of the founders of CEPA and previously served as its president. He is a well-known scholar in the field with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, 30 peer-reviewed abstracts, and six books or book chapters in exercise physiology.

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Employees of our partnerships are eligible to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 partner grant.
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International Influence

During summer 2018, faculty members from the Springfield College School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership conducted intensive instruction to mid-level Chinese educators interested in sports performance and sports medicine. Visiting the campus from several different cities across China, these educators attended the Springfield College International Summer Program, which focuses on fitness, management, and leadership.